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October 27 2017, 4AM

Today Donna and I celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. From that Friday night on October 27, 1967 to this Friday, October 27, 2017, God has blessed our lives together. When two people spend half a century in a loving relationship, … Continue read... [Marriage] [women] [wedding] [Wedding Anniversary] [wife]

September 26, 7AM

In an unprecedented demonstration of Catholic unity and dissent, a group of 62 members of the clergy and theologians from 20 different countries have sent a document to Pope Francis titled Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagates, which in English is &... [Church History] [divorce] [Catholic Church] [Filial Correction] [heresy] [Martin Luther] [modernism] [Pope Francis]

September 25, 12 PM

An article published in the Daily Mail is announcing that archaeologists have solved a mystery that has intrigued thousands of people over the ages, how the Great Pyramid of Giza was built. Archaeologists have discovered a papyrus scroll that describes &#... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Pyramid of Giza] [pyramids]

5AM

In order to celebrate the 12th anniversary of my blog, I decided to give twelve copies of my book Rereading the Biblical Text: Searching for Meaning and Understanding. The books were given during the months of August and September 2017. … Continue r... [blogging] [free book] [12th Anniversary]

September 22, 8AM

David Meade, the Christian numerologist who used the Bible to predict the end of the world when Planet X, a planet that does not exist, collides with earth on September 23, is now backtracking his prediction. The world, he said, … Continue reading &... [elohim] [False Prophets] [news] [David Meade] [end of the world]

5AM

“Va, pensiero” is the chorus that appears in Giuseppe Verdi’s famous opera Nabucco which was first presented in 1842. In English the chorus is known as “The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves.” The chorus is based on Psalm 137:1-6: By … Conti... [Babylon] [Exile] [Nabucco] [Nebuchadnezzar] [Va Pensiero] [Verdi]

September 21, 8AM

I generally do not deal with politics, but when a political issue or a political statement uses the Old Testament to make a point, I feel an urge to address the issue. Take, for instance, this article by Jeff Brumley … Continue reading → [Hebrew God] [news] [old testament] [Trump]

September 20, 12 PM

When the Supreme Court convenes on the first Monday in October to begin the 2017 term, the Court will hear a very important case in which the Justices will decide the fate of a baker in Colorado who refused to … Continue reading → [Human Rights] [Law] [old testament] [constitution] [same-sex marriage] [supreme court]

September 18, 1PM

In order to celebrate the 12th anniversary of my blog, I have decided to give twelve copies of my book Rereading the Biblical Text: Searching for Meaning and Understanding, during the months of August and September 2017. August Winners Eight … Conti... [blogging] [free book] [12th Anniversary]

5AM

This is the second post reviewing Brent A. Strawn’s book, The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment. Read the introductory post, The Old Testament Is Dying. Writing to Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote: “The Old Testament is R... [Biblical Illiteracy] [Book Reviews] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [Preaching] [Best Sermons] [Lectionary] [Pew survey] [Walter Brueggemann]

September 16, 10AM

It amazes me how many times in the past few years some Christian ministers and prophets have predicted the end of the world. Either the end has come and we are left behind or else, these predictions about the end … Continue reading → [Book of Deuteronomy] [Book of Jeremiah] [False Prophets] [David Meade] [end of the world]

September 11, 1PM

In order to celebrate the 12th anniversary of my blog, I have decided to give twelve copies of my book Rereading the Biblical Text: Searching for Meaning and Understanding, during the months of August and September 2017. August Winners Eight … Conti... [blogging] [free book] [12th Anniversary]

9AM

Several years ago, Terence Fretheim, the Elva Β. Lovell Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota, wrote an essay in which he discussed what happened on 9/11 and the problem of evil. Fretheim’s article, “‘Evil’ after 9/... [evil] [news] [9/11] [Terence Fretheim]

September 10, 10PM

During the twelve years I have been blogging, I have written several articles dealing with the problem of biblical illiteracy. A click on the categories listed on the blog reveals that there are fifteen different posts dealing with the problem … Con... [Biblical Illiteracy] [Book Reviews] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [book review]

September 4, 1PM

In order to celebrate the 12th anniversary of my blog, I have decided to give twelve copies of my book Rereading the Biblical Text: Searching for Meaning and Understanding, during the months of August and September 2017. August Winners Eight … Conti... [blogging] [free book] [12th Anniversary]

September 3, 10PM

The headline in a recent article published in Haaretz makes an amazing claim. Here is the headline as it appears in Haaretz: The Real Ark of the Covenant May Have Housed Pagan Gods: The holy ark was likely kept in … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Ark of the Covenant] [Asherah] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [Israel Finkelstein] [Kiriath-jearim]

August 28, 1PM

In order to celebrate the 12th anniversary of my blog, I have decided to give twelve copies of my book Rereading the Biblical Text: Searching for Meaning and Understanding, during the months of August and September 2017. Previous Winners Seven … Con... [blogging] [free book] [12th Anniversary]

August 27, 10PM

In my previous posts, The Tears of Jeremiah and The Tears of God, I have attempted to demonstrate that the prophet Jeremiah was the embodiment of God to the people of Judah. The words of Jeremiah to Judah were the … Continue reading → [Book of Jeremiah] [Divine Pathos] [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [Jeremiah] [Jeremiah 13] [Jeremiah 14] [Jeremiah 9] [old testament] [Weeping God]

August 21, 1PM

In order to celebrate the 12th anniversary of my blog, I have decided to give twelve copies of my book Rereading the Biblical Text: Searching for Meaning and Understanding, during the months of August and September 2017. Previous Winners Six … Conti... [blogging] [free book] [12th Anniversary] [Book Giveaway]

August 20, 10PM

Today, Monday, August 21, 2017, most people living in North America will be able to observe a total eclipse of the sun. Those people who live within the path of the totality will be able to observe something rare, an … Continue reading → [Book of Amos] [Book of Jeremiah] [Book of Joel] [Book of Joshua] [Book of Micah] [Book of Zechariah] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [solar eclipse] [Amos 8] [Jeremiah 15] [Joel 2] [Joshua 10] [Long Day of Joshua] [Micah 3] [Zecharia 14]

August 17, 9AM

Elizabeth Sloane has written an excellent article on witches and witchcraft in the Bible. The article was published in Haaretz, a newspaper published in Israel. Here is an excerpt from the article: Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to Live: … Continue r... [Book of Exodus] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [witches] [witchcraft]

August 15, 10PM

Today I celebrate twelve years of blogging. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every moment of it, even though blogging requires an investment of time, effort, and money. I have never asked my readers for money and will … Continue reading →... [blogging] [free book] [12th Anniversary] [Book Giveaway] [Rereading the Biblical Text]

August 14, 1PM

On August 16, 2017, I will celebrate the 12th anniversary of my blog. In order to celebrate the twelfth anniversary of my blog, I am giving to selected readers of the blog twelve copies of my book, Rereading the Biblical … Continue reading → [blogging] [free book] [12th Anniversary] [blog] [Book Giveaway]

August 13, 10PM

In my previous post, “The Tears of Jeremiah,” I wrote that whenever God called a prophet to speak to Israel, God placed his words in the mouth of that prophet so that the prophet would speak words that was truly … Continue reading →... [Book of Jeremiah] [Divine Pathos] [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [Jeremiah] [old testament] [Divine Tears] [Pathos] [Tears of God] [Weeping God]

August 7, 10PM

A few days ago, my friend Charles Savelle sent me an email in response to my post “In Search of the Ark of the Covenant.” In his email, Charles said that the archaeologists digging at Shiloh were not looking for … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Ark of the Covenant] [news] [Tabernacle] [fake news] [Shiloh] [The Tabernacle]

12 PM

On August 16, 2017, I will celebrate the 12th anniversary of my blog. From a humble beginning, the blog today has more than 3200 subscribers and almost one million people visit my blog every year. In order to celebrate the … Continue reading →... [blogging] [free book] [Book Giveaway]

August 6, 10PM

The prophets of the Old Testament were sent by God as his special representatives to deliver a special message to the people of Israel. One classical example of a prophet whose life and words represent the embodiment of God’s presence … Continue r... [Book of Jeremiah] [Divine Pathos] [Hebrew Bible] [Jeremiah] [old testament]

August 5, 10AM

In order to celebrate the twelfth anniversary of my blog, I will give away three copies of my new book, In the Council of the Lord: Men and Women Who Made a Difference in Israel. The book will be published … Continue reading → [blogging] [free book] [blog] [Book Giveaway]

July 30, 10PM

Jeremiah was called to the prophetic ministry at a crucial time in the political and religious life of Judah. Jeremiah was the son of Hilkiah, a priest who lived in Anathoth, a village located a few miles north of Jerusalem. … Continue reading ͛... [Book of Jeremiah] [Hebrew Bible] [Jeremiah] [Metaphors] [old testament]

July 29, 9AM

In order to celebrate the twelfth anniversary of my blog, I will give away twelve copies of my book, Rereading the Biblical Text: Searching for Meaning and Understanding, during the months of August and September 2017. One free copy of … Continue re... [blogging] [blog]

July 27, 10PM

National Geographic is reporting that according to a paper published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, more than 90 percent of the genetic ancestry of modern Lebanese is derived from the ancient Canaanites, the people who are mentioned in …... [Archaeology] [Canaanites] [Canaanite Genome] [genome]

July 19, 12 PM

On August 16, 2005, with the help of my son JR Mariottini, I began blogging for the first time. My first post was a simple message, a message in which I announced that I was beginning to post articles dealing … Continue reading → [blogging] [free book] [blog]

July 17, 10PM

Archaeologists, sponsored by Christian organizations, are searching (again!) for the Ark of the Covenant. However, in my opinion, they are searching for the Ark in the wrong place. Below is an excerpt of the article in which the new search … Continu... [Archaeology] [Ark of the Covenant] [Philistines] [Shiloh]

July 16, 10PM

It is amazing how God works in the lives of his people. In my almost sixty years of being a Christian, one important thing I have learned about this wonderful God we serve is that our plans are never God’s … Continue reading → [Northern Baptist Seminary] [Bill Shiell]

June 11, 10PM

After twenty-eight years of teaching at Northern Baptist Seminary, I will retire at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. My last official day as a member of the faculty will be June 30, 2017. On Friday, June 9, the … Continue reading → [Northern Baptist Seminary] [Bill Shiell]

April 9, 10PM

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the government of Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, whose capital is Damascus, conducted a chemical attack against opposition forces that caused the death of men, women, and children. According to reports, the chemical bo... [Amos] [Assyria] [Book of Amos] [Syria] [violence] [War] [Crimes against Humanity] [Damascus]

March 20, 10PM

Note: This post is a continuation of my previous post, “Solomon and the Two Prostitutes.” It is important that you read the first post in order to follow the discussion in the present post. Click on the link above and … Continue reading ... [1 Kings] [Book of 1 Kings] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [prostitutes] [Solomon] [1 Kings 3] [mothers]

March 19, 10PM

After Solomon became king of Israel, he went to Gibeon to make a sacrifice to God. There the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said: “Ask what I should give you” (1 Kings 3:4-5). In response to God’s … Continue reading → [1 Kings] [Book of 1 Kings] [Hebrew Bible] [mother] [old testament] [prostitutes] [Solomon] [1 Kings 3] [mothers]

March 15, 10PM

A news release by AhramOnline reports that an Egyptian-German archaeological team has discovered two 19th dynasty royal statues in a temple located in the Al-Matariya district of Cairo. According to the report, “The statues were found in parts in the &#... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Obelisks] [Ramses II]

March 14, 10PM

In a British cemetery there was the following inscription on a gravestone: Pause, my friend, as you walk by; As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you will be. Prepare, my friend, to follow … Continue reading → [atheism] [death]

March 13, 10PM

Note: This post is a continuation of my previous post, Sex with a Female Slave. If you have not read the first post, I strongly suggest that you read that post before reading the present post. What happened after the … Continue reading → [Adultery] [Book of Leviticus] [Sex] [slavery] [slaves] [women] [Leviticus 19] [slave] [Slave-girl]

March 12, 10PM

The law in Leviticus 19:20-22 dealing with a free man having sexual relations with a female slave who has been selected to be the wife of another man is very difficult to interpret because a key word in verse 20, … Continue reading → [Adultery] [Book of Leviticus] [Sex] [slavery] [slaves] [Leviticus 19] [slave] [Slave-girl] [women]

December 4 2016, 11PM

When Nefertari’s tomb was discovered in 1904, archaeologists concluded that her tomb had been looted. Nefertari was an Egyptian queen and the wife of Ramesses II, the pharaoh who ruled Egypt at the time Israel served the Egyptians as their … Conti... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Nefertari]

November 29, 8AM

Dear Friends, I love working at Northern Seminary. I have taught and served the Lord at Northern Seminary for twenty-nine years because, as a school of the church, we are serving God’s Kingdom every day. Northern’s vision is “to prepare … Cont... [Northern Baptist Seminary] [Giving Tuesday] [scholarships] [Theological Education]

November 14, 11PM

Walter Brueggemann is one of my favorite Old Testament scholars. I had the privilege of meeting him personally when I interviewed him in preparation to write a short biography of his life and work [1]. What makes Brueggemann’s writing so … Continu... [Book Reviews] [Money] [wealth] [Walter Brueggemann]

November 13, 11PM

Iraqi forces are fighting against ISIS in their attempt to liberate the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. In their effort to free Mosul from ISIS, the Iraqi army has taken control of the village of Nimrud. Nimrud appears in … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [Assyria] [Archaeological Destruction] [Calah] [Iraq] [Nimrod] [Nimrud]

October 24, 10PM

The Deuteronomic concern for promoting the dignity of women in Israelite society and protecting them from flagrant abuse is reflected in the revision of the law of pledges in the book of Exodus. The law of pledges in the Covenant … Continue reading ... [Book of Deuteronomy] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [women] [Covenant Code] [Deuteronomic Reform] [Deuteronomy 24:17] [Law of Pledges] [Social Concern] [Widows]

October 16, 10PM

Yesterday Jeff Griffin, pastor of The Compass Church in Naperville, began a series of sermons on exploring the evidences for the existence of God. It was a good sermon, a sermon that is available free online. Jeff’s sermon reminded me … Continue r... [agnosticism] [Antony Flew] [atheism] [evolution] [The Big Bang Theory]

October 13, 10PM

As Faculty Marshal of Northern Baptist Seminary and Co-Chair of the Inaugural Committee, it is my pleasure to announce that Dr. William D. Shiell has become the eleventh president of Northern Baptist Seminary. He began his work at Northern on … Cont... [Northern Baptist Seminary] [Dr. William D. Shiell]

October 11, 8AM

Jacob Neusner, an influential teacher and writer whose focus was Jewish life and religion has died. Below is an excerpt from Neusner’s obituary written by William Grimes and published by The New York Times today: Jacob Neusner, a religious historian ... [obituary] [Jacob Neusner]

October 8, 10PM

Numbers 14:1-20 is an amazing text in which Moses is presented as an effective intercessor, coming before an angry God pleading for the survival of Israel. Moses’ intercessory prayer is very instructive because it reveals the role of Moses as … Co... [Book of Numbers] [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [Moses] [Prayer] [Intercessory Prayer] [Numbers 14] [old testament] [The Book of Numbers]

October 3, 10PM

In a recent post, The Permanent Text of the ESV, I discussed the decision of the Crossway Board of Directors and the ESV Translation Oversight Committee to make the present revision of the ESV a permanent text. This decision meant … Continue reading... [Book of Genesis] [Translating] [Translation Problems] [ESV] [Genesis 3:16] [Permanent Text ESV]

September 29, 8AM

In a recent post titled The Permanent Text of the ESV, I mentioned that the Crossway Board of Directors and the ESV Translation Oversight Committee had decided that, after a few minor revisions, the text of the ESV would not … Continue reading ͛... [Translating] [Translation Problems] [Bible Translation] [ESV] [Permanent Text ESV]

September 18, 10PM

Do women really want to go back to patriarchy? According to Nicole Russell, women today need and want to return to the practice of patriarchy. Russell wrote an article “What Women Really Want Is The Patriarchy,” published in The Federalist, … Co... [domestic violence] [Marriage] [oppression] [Patriarchy] [women] [violence]

September 16, 11AM

The Tower is reporting that archaeologists have found scale weights belonging to the High Priest who served in the temple in Jerusalem before it was destroyed by the Romans. Below is an excerpt from the article: A 2,000-year-old scale weight … Conti... [Archaeology] [high priest]

September 11, 10PM

Recently, Crossway, the publisher of the English Standard Version (ESV), announced that beginning with a small revision of the present translation, the text of the ESV will remain unchanged in all future printing of this popular Bible. The following is &#... [Book of Genesis] [Book of Micah] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [Translating] [Translation Problems] [ESV] [Genesis 3:16; Genesis 4:7] [Micah 4:3]

August 29, 10PM

In my previous post I discussed the Masoretes’ contribution to the transmission and preservation of the biblical text. That post was part of my attempt to explain Rabbi Mark Sameth’s statement about Eve and Rebekah. In his effort to explain … Co... [Hebrew Bible] [Masora] [Masoretes] [old testament] [Translating] [Translation Problems] [Rabbi Mark Sameth]

August 28, 10PM

In a recent post I addressed the views about the gender of God put forth by Rabbi Mark Sameth in an op-ed essay published in The New York Times titled “Is God Transgender?” In that essay, Rabbi Sameth wrote that … Continue reading → [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [old testament] [Translating] [Translation Problems]

August 26, 9AM

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. is an outstanding publisher of academic books in the United States. Their many books are found in libraries around the world and in the libraries of professors, pastors, and lay people. I have hundreds of … Continue re... [Plagiarism] [Eerdmans]

August 24, 9AM

Answers in Genesis, the Christian organization that owns the Creation Museum in Kentucky, has developed a theme park called Ark Encounter in which they have built a life-sized reconstruction of Noah’s Ark. The appeal of Answers in Genesis is that …... [Noah's Ark]

August 23, 7AM

Christianity Today has a good article about the feeding of the multitude by Jesus and his disciples. Here is a short excerpt: The story is told in told in Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6: 30-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6: 5-13, … Continue reading → [jesus] [Miracles]

August 21, 10PM

Now when the people complained in the hearing of the LORD about their misfortunes, the LORD heard it and his anger was kindled. Then the fire of the LORD burned against them, and consumed some outlying parts of the camp. … Continue reading → [Book of Numbers] [Hebrew Bible] [Moses] [Prayer] [Ezekiel 22] [Intercessory Prayer] [Numbers 11] [old testament]

12 PM

The Biblical Studies Carnival for July 2016 has been posted in Reading Acts. The July Carnival was hosted by Philip Long and has a good selection of posts published by bloggers during the month of July. Visit the July Carnival … Continue reading ... [Biblical Carnival] [Biblical Studies Carnival]

August 18, 10PM

Dr. Bill Shiell, president of Northern Baptist Seminary gave an interview to Word and Way in which he discusses the challenges churches today face in teaching the concept of tithing to a new generation of believers. Below is an excerpt … Continue re... [Northern Baptist Seminary] [Bill Shiell] [Northern Seminary] [Tithing]

12 PM

In a excellent article published in the Irish News titled “Why Christianity needs the Old Testament,” Fr Martin Henry explains the reason Christians today need the Old Testament. Martin Henry is a former lecturer in theology at St Patrick’s Coll... [old testament] [Gnostics]

August 17, 11AM

Below is the obituary of George E. Mendenhall which was published in Ann Arbor News on August 7, 2016. Professor Mendenhall was professor of Near Eastern language and literature at the University of Michigan. Mendenhall, George 8/13/1916 – 8/5/2016 ... [obituary] [George E. Mendenhall]

August 14, 10PM

The problem of gender identity, that is, whether a person senses internally to be male, female, or another gender has reached a point in our society where the government has been forced to create a dictionary to identify words associated … Continue ... [divine name] [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [Jehovah] [names of God] [old testament] [Yahweh] [Yhwh] [Transgerder]

August 7, 10PM

The story of the Levite and his concubine in Judges 19 is one of the most misunderstood stories in the Bible. Many Christians have never read the story and are unfamiliar with its gruesome details. If you have never read … Continue reading → [Book of Judges] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [women] [Concubine] [Judges 19] [Levite]

July 31, 10PM

Most Christians believe that the book of Isaiah was written by one person, the prophet Isaiah who lived in Jerusalem in the eighth century B.C. This belief is based on two factors. First, people believe that Isaiah wrote the whole … Continue reading... [Babylon] [Book of Isaiah] [deportation] [Deutero-Isaiah] [Hebrew Bible] [Isaiah] [old testament] [Cyrus of Persia] [Exile] [New Exodus] [Second-Isaiah]

July 24, 10PM

The consequences of the fall of Jerusalem and the deportation of the population of Judah to Babylon were devastating. The number of people killed by the Babylonians probably were in the thousands; many of the buildings in Jerusalem and several … Con... [Babylon] [Deutero-Isaiah] [Exile] [Ezekiel] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament]

July 19, 10PM

Translating the Old Testament from Hebrew and Aramaic is not easy. Whenever the translator attempts to bring the Hebrew text to an audience in the twenty-first century, the translator faces many difficult issues. One of the problems translators face is &#... [Achsah] [Book of Joshua] [Translating] [Translation Problems] [Bible Translation] [Caleb] [Hapax legomena] [translation]

July 17, 10PM

Today I begin a series of studies about the exile of Israel in Babylon. Most Christians who read the Bible regularly know very little about the life of Israel in exile. The reason for this lack of understanding of what … Continue reading → [Babylon] [Book of 2 Kings] [deportation] [Exile] [Hebrew Bible] [Jeremiah] [Nebuchadnezzar] [old testament] [Zedekiah]

May 16, 10PM

During the month of May I have been conducting a series of studies at my church on the book of Jonah. I have led our study group through each chapter of Jonah, emphasizing the theological message of the book. One … Continue reading → [Uncategorized]

May 15, 10PM

Psalm 68 has been difficult for scholars to analyze because its genre is debated. Most scholars believe that the psalm was written to celebrate a great military victory. According to the writer of Psalm 68, this great victory happened because … Cont... [Book of Psalms] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [women] [Psalm 68:11, Women, Old Testament, Hebrew Bible, Good News, Preaching]

May 8, 8PM

“Give me sons, or I will die!”(Gen 30:1). Every year on Mother’s Day I write a post honoring the mothers of the Old Testament. As we celebrate Mother’s Day today, I want to write about a woman’s desperate desire to … Continue reading ͛... [Barrenness] [children] [Hebrew Bible] [Jacob] [Leah] [mother] [old testament] [Rachel] [women] [Jacob, Leah, Rachel, Bilhah, Zilpah, Laban, Barrenness]

May 5, 8AM

This quarter I am teaching a course titled “Women in the Old Testament.” The purpose of this course is to study the role women played in the social, political, and religious life of ancient Israel. When people talk about the … Continue reading &... [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [women] [Patriarchy] [Sheerah]

May 2, 10PM

When God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham, in obedience to God’s request, set out to go to the land of Moriah where he would offer his son as a burnt offering. Abraham took his son, two of … Continue reading → [Abraham] [Akedah] [Book of Genesis] [Hebrew Bible] [Isaac] [old testament] [Genesis 22] [Lamb] [Ram]

May 1, 10PM

Most people, especially people of faith, believe in God. However, most people do not know the God in whom they believe. In many cases, people’s knowledge of God is second-handed. These people are like Job, who had heard much about … Continue readi... [Glory of God] [Hebrew Bible] [Kabod] [old testament] [Kabod, Glory of God, Old Testament, Hebrew Bible]

April 24, 10PM

Dear Readers, For personal and professional reasons, I have taken a long sabbatical from blogging on a regular basis. It is unnecessary to explain my absence from the blog world and from writing about an area of study where my … Continue reading ... [blogging]

July 7, 10PM

A few years ago, several publications reported the discovery of a rare English Bible called The “She” Bible. This version of the Bible is called The “She” Bible because of a supposed error found in the translation of Ruth 3:15. … Continue re... [Book of Ruth] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [Translation Problems] [Ruth] [She Bible]

June 28, 10PM

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tal Rogovsky Saul was the first king of Israel. He was anointed by Samuel primarily to fight against the Philistines, a people who posed a threat to the survival of Israel as a nation. Saul was … Continue reading → [1 Samuel] [2 Samuel] [Archaeology] [Baal] [Hebrew Bible] [Ishbaal Inscription] [Khirbet Qeiyafa] [Saul] [Ishbaal]

June 10, 10PM

Clarke Morledge at Veracity has written a very thoughtful post on the problems of interpreting Genesis 1 and 2 literally. His post, Does Genesis 1 and 2 Contradict One Another? is worth reading. I encourage those who are troubled by … Continue readi... [Book of Genesis] [Creation] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [exegesis] [Genesis 1] [Genesis 2]

June 9, 10PM

Canadian film-maker Simcha Jacobovici, popularly known as “The Naked Archaeologist” has won a libel case against Israeli archaeologist Joe Zias who accused Jacobovici of falsifying historical evidence for two TV programs dealing with Jesus and the ori... [news] [simcha jacobovici] [Joe Zias] [talpiot]

June 8, 10PM

The book of Judges deals with a period in the history of Israel which some scholars call the “dark age.” The reason scholars use this description to identify this period in the history of Israel is because the information found … Continue readin... [Book of Judges] [Hebrew Bible] [Joshua] [Judges] [old testament] [syncretism]

May 31, 10PM

The preparation of the May 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival was an opportunity to visit the blog site of people who write on biblical issues. As I prepared the selections for the May 2015 Carnival, I visited all the sites listed … Continue reading ... [Biblical Carnival]

May 25, 5PM

I am hosting the May 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival. Several months ago when I volunteered to host the Carnival, I was not planning to limit my blogging activities. However, for several reasons, I had to limit posting to my blog. … Continue reading ... [Biblical Carnival]

May 12, 10PM

For the past several weeks I have been writing about the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1. Matthew’s genealogy includes four women, all of them non-Israelites by birth: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba. These four women were the subject of … Conti... [Genealogy] [Hebrew Bible] [jesus] [jesus christ] [Messiah] [old testament] [Matthew 1] [mothers]

May 9, 10PM

The image of Old Testament mothers that most people have is that of women who take care of the family, who grind grain and bake bread, and are occupied with the affairs of their household. This view of mothers reflects … Continue reading → [Bathsheba] [David] [Hebrew Bible] [mother] [old testament] [Solomon] [Mother’s Day]

April 26, 10PM

In my studies of the great-grandmothers of Jesus, I wrote about the four women who appear in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus. I also wrote about several other women whom Matthew did not mention but who are also legitimate great-grandmothers of … Cont... [Genealogy] [Hebrew Bible] [jesus] [old testament]

March 22, 10PM

In a previous post I wrote about the four women who appear in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus. These four foreign women were included in Matthew’s genealogy in order to emphasize the universal mission of Jesus. The inclusion of these Gentile … Cont... [Genealogy] [Hebrew Bible] [jesus] [old testament]

March 9, 10PM

A group of spelunkers found a cache of bronze and silver coins dated to the reign of Alexander the Great. The explorers also found silver jewelry, including bracelets, rings, and earrings that were hidden in the cave. The treasure was … Continue rea... [Archaeology] [Alexander the Great] [Silver Coins]

March 8, 10PM

Jesus’ genealogy appears in two places in the New Testament: Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38. In Matthew, Jesus’ genealogy is presented in a descending order: it goes from Abraham to Joseph. In Luke, Jesus’ genealogy is in an ascending order: …... [Bathsheba] [Genealogy] [Hebrew Bible] [jesus] [mother] [old testament] [Rahab] [Ruth] [Jesus’ Great-Grandmothers] [Tamar]

March 5, 1PM

It has been a long time since I last posted to my blog. My last post was on November 3, 2014. Since then I have received hundreds of emails from readers who are concerned about my well-being and who miss … Continue reading → [blogging] [Northern Baptist Seminary] [David Fitch] [Northern Seminary] [Scot McKnight]

November 2 2014, 11PM

This is my sixth study on God’s covenant in the Old Testament. For previous published posts on covenants in the Old Testament, click on the link below. The link will also list future posts on this topic. The promise of … Continue reading → [Book of Jeremiah] [Covenant] [Hebrew Bible] [Jeremiah] [new covenant]

October 26, 10PM

This is my fifth study on God’s covenant in the Old Testament. For previous published posts on covenants in the Old Testament, click on the link below. The link will also list future posts on this topic. Nathan’s oracle in … Continue reading... [2 Samuel] [Book of 2 Samuel] [Covenant] [David] [Hebrew Bible] [Saul] [Nathan's Oracle]

October 21, 10PM

It was bound to happen. When the Obama Administration refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and when the Supreme Court struck down some of the provisions of DOMA, the doors became wide open for the judiciary to … Continue reading U... [news] [pastors] [same-sex marriage]

10AM

Image: King Tut Virtual Picture Credit: CNN CNN has a brief article in which it reports the results of an autopsy performed on King Tut’s mummified remains. Below is an excerpt taken from the article: (CNN) — King Tutankhamun’s golden, ̷... [Egypt] [King Tut] [King Tut's Autopsy]

October 19, 10PM

This is the fourth study on God’s covenants in the Old Testament. For previous published posts on Old Testament covenants, click on the link below. The link will also list future posts on this topic. The covenant God established with … Continue re... [Abraham] [Book of Exodus] [Covenant] [Exodus] [Moses] [Mount Sinai]

October 16, 10PM

  Image: Samson in the Treadmill Painter: Carl Heinrich Bloch   This is my fourth study on suicide in the Old Testament. For previous published posts on suicide in the Old Testament, click on the link below. The link will also … Continue ... [Book of Judges] [Delilah] [Hebrew Bible] [Samson] [Suicide]

October 15, 10PM

A secular society is seeking to silence the pulpit. The city of Houston passed an ordinance called the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) which is designed to protect transgenders by providing them with the ability to use the restroom consistent …... [news] [pastors]

October 14, 10PM

This is my third study on God’s covenant in the Old Testament. For previous published posts on covenants, click on the link below. The link will also list future posts on this topic. From a canonical perspective, God’s covenant with … Continue r... [Abraham] [Book of Genesis] [Covenant] [Hebrew Bible]

October 13, 8AM

  Image: The Philistines The Philistines were Israel’s enemies. They came to Canaan almost at the same time the people of Israel, under the leadership of Joshua, settled in the land. The Philistines lived in the southern part of Canaan. … Con... [Archaeology] [Philistines] [Ephraim Stern] [Robin Ngo]

October 10, 10PM

  Image: Sir Isaac Newton Painter: Godfrey Kneller (1689)   The Associated Press is reporting that the National Library of Israel is planning to make available to the public a collection of historical manuscripts that present interesting aspect... [news] [end of the world] [Isaac Newton] [Trinity]

October 8, 10PM

Image: The Death of Abimelech The number of suicides in the United States has risen sharply in the past few years. According to a recent report, almost 40,000 Americans commit suicide every year. Although the number of suicides is increasing … Conti... [Abimelech] [Book of Judges] [Hebrew Bible] [Suicide] [Assisted Suicide] [old testament]

4PM

In an interview with PARSE, a newsletter published by Christianity Today, Scot McKnight discusses his new book Kingdom Conspiracy. The interview was conducted by Paul J. Pastor, the associate editor of Leadership Journal and PARSE. McKnight’s book will ... [Book Reviews] [Kingdom of God] [book review] [Kingdom Conspiracy] [Scot McKnight]

11AM

My friend and colleague Scot McKnight has published a new book, Kingdom Conspiracy, in which he provides a new understanding of the Kingdom of God. Below are two brief commendations of Scot’s book: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY “Over the past decade, McKnight ... [Book Reviews] [Kingdom of God] [Kingdom Conspiracy] [Scot McKnight]

October 6, 6AM

Last Sunday I began teaching in my church, The Compass Church in Naperville, Illinois, a series of studies on the diversity of God’s covenants. This series of studies will introduce four covenants mentioned in the Hebrew Bible: God’s covenants with &#... [Book of Genesis] [Covenant] [Noah] [Capital punishment] [Covenant Rainbow]

October 3, 10PM

Goliath was a warrior in the Philistine army. He was from Gath, one of the five cities of the Philistines (Joshua 13:3). When Goliath first appears in the Bible, he was defying the army of Saul, challenging any soldier in … Continue reading → [1 Samuel] [2 Samuel] [David] [Goliath] [Hebrew Bible]

October 2, 10PM

Beginning on Sunday, October 5, I will be leading a Bible study in my church that will last five weeks. During the next five Sundays I will be studying five covenants that are found in the Old Testament. A covenant … Continue reading → [Covenant] [Hebrew Bible] [berit]

October 1, 10PM

My friend and colleague Scot McKnight has written a thought-provoking post in which he discusses the politics of biblical translation. In his post, “The Politics of Bible Translations,” Scot wrote: “The Bible you carry is a political act. By ‘Bibl... [Bible] [Translating] [Translation Problems] [NIV] [Scot McKnight] [translations]

September 29, 10PM

Every society and every culture has to deal with the problem of suicide. Taking one’s life is, in general, a phenomenon that most societies have rejected, and yet, the reality of suicide is present in every society, past and present. … Continue re... [Hebrew Bible] [Suicide] [Assisted Suicide]

September 28, 10PM

A few years ago, when I was a pastor of a church in Chicago, I received a call from one of our deacons who said that the son of a church leader had committed suicide. I called the grieving family … Continue reading → [news] [Suicide] [Assisted Suicide] [Jonah] [Samson]

September 26, 10PM

Bible Gateway Blog has an interview with Shelley Leith about “The Story.” The interview was conducted by Jonathan Petersen, marketing manager for Bible Gateway. “The Story” is a Bible resource that seeks to deal with the problem of biblical illite... [Bible Gateway] [Biblical Illiteracy] [#bgbg2] [Shelley Leith] [The Story]

2PM

My friend and colleague Scot McKnight is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his book The Jesus Creed. This book has touched the lives of many people, and ten years later, it is still blessing many people. Let Scot say a … Continue reading → [Book Reviews] [Jesus Creed] [Scot McKnight]

September 25, 10PM

  Image: The Wilderness of Sinai Read Part 1: Israel’s Journey to Mount Sinai The Challenges of Sinai After the Israelites left Egypt and crossed the Red Sea, they traveled through a huge and frightening wilderness. In the Sinai Peninsula, … ... [Book of Exodus] [Moses] [Mt. Sinai] [Exodus] [Mount Sinai]

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Archaeology Magazine has an interesting slideshow featuring several artifacts discovered at a large Etruscan necropolis located near Rome. Among the items on display is this beautiful stone sphinx.                 Y... [Archaeology] [Etruscan Sphinx]

September 24, 10PM

Today I begin a study of Israel’s journey to Mount Sinai, the place known as “the mountain of God” (Exodus 3:1). The sacred mountain is also known in the Old Testament as Mount Horeb. What happened at Mount Sinai provides … Continue reading &#... [Book of Exodus] [Mt. Sinai] [Exodus] [Horeb] [Mount Sinai] [Wilderness Tradition]

September 21, 10PM

Image: Cain Slaying Abel (1609) Painter: Peter Paul Rubens   The story of Cain is known to most people who go to church and read the Bible. What is not so familiar to most Christians is the prayer Cain prayed to God … Continue reading →... [Book of Genesis] [Cain] [Prayer] [forgiveness] [mercy]

September 20, 10PM

Image: The Antikythera Mechanism Image Source: Antikythera Mechanism Research Project   The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient device that was used in antiquity to predict astronomical positions and eclipses. The mechanism has been called ... [Antikythera Mechanism] [Archaeology] [Antik]

September 19, 10PM

I am always trying to find stories in the newspapers dealing with the Old Testament. I found this news story in The Daily Caller that should be read by all people who love the Old Testament.The story was written by … Continue reading → [Biblical Illiteracy] [Joel Osteen] [news]

2PM

Migration and Diaspora: Exegetical Voices of Women in Northeast Asian Countries Hisako Kinukawa,editor The Society of Biblical Literature has published another volume in their series International Voices in Biblical Studies. Below is a description of the ... [free book] [Diaspora] [exegesis] [Migration] [women]

September 17, 10PM

Beginning next week, I will be spending the Fall quarter teaching the book of Amos to my students. This course will help students gain an understanding of the content and message of the book of Amos. The course is designed … Continue reading →... [Amos] [Book of Amos] [Hebrew Bible] [prophet]

September 16, 10PM

Last spring I taught a course at Northern Baptist Seminary titled “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” This course is a required course for students who are planning to complete their Master of Divinity degree … Continu... [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [old testament] [Divine Repentance] [Repentance of God]

September 15, 10PM

Iain Provan, Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014. The Old Testament is a much maligned book. Atheists and secular people despise the Old Testament because of what ... [Book Reviews] [Axial Age] [book review] [Iain Provan] [Karl Jaspers]

September 14, 10PM

Painting: Saul and the Witch of Endor Painter: Benjamin West (1777) The birth of the monarchy in Israel came at a time when the nation was facing a great political and military crisis in its history. At the end of … Continue reading → [1 Samuel] [Saul] [Witch of Endor] [Hebrew Bible]

September 13, 10PM

Last spring I taught a course at Northern Baptist Seminary titled “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” This course is a required course for students who are planning to complete their Master of Divinity degree … Continu... [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [oppression] [poor] [Widows] [aliens] [Orphans]

September 12, 10AM

Image: A war elephant found at the Huqoq Synagogue Photo Credit: Jim Haberman       In a recent post I mentioned the discovery of a mosaic depicting elephants found in an ancient synagogue in Galilee. According to an article published R... [Archaeology] [Samson] [Elephants] [Huqoq Mosaic] [Huqoq Synagogue]

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Image: Pyramid of Giza   Most people are familiar with Google Street View. What Google Street View does is to equip SUVs with cameras to collect images of places from a street perspective. This project allows people to visit cities … Continue r... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Pyramid of Giza] [Saqqara]

September 11, 9AM

The Review of Biblical Literature (RBL), a publication of the Society of Biblical Literature has published a review of Job 38-42, a commentary written by David J. A. Clines for the Word Biblical Commentary series. Throughout the book that bears … Co... [Book of Job] [Book Reviews] [Job] [David Clines] [Job 38-42] [Norman Habel]

September 7, 10PM

A few days ago, I was reading a book that made a reference to the river Sambation. Since I had never heard about this river, I decided to find out more about this mysterious river. The river Sambation is mentioned … Continue reading → [Lost Tribes of Israel] [Josephus] [Lost Tribes] [pliny the elder] [Sabbatical River] [Sambation]

September 5, 1PM

Image: The Last Supper Papyrus Credit: The University of Manchester. An article published in FoxNews.com reports that researchers have found an ancient papyrus fragment that provides valuable information on how early Christians used the Lord’s Suppe... [Archaeology] [news] [Lord’s Supper Papyrus] [Roberta Mazza]

September 3, 10PM

I enjoy reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s books. I have several of them in my library and I consult them often. My favorite book is The Cost of Discipleship, a classical book on discipleship that has influenced many people in their Christian … Continu... [Bible Gateway] [#bgbg2] [Bible] [Dietrich Bonhoeffer]

September 2, 10PM

When the United States Supreme Court invalidated sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on June 26, 2013, the Court upheld that the State has the right to declare what constitutes a marriage. Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority … Conti... [Bigamy] [Marriage] [news] [polygamy] [Defense of Marriage Act] [Polygamy.]

September 1, 9AM

Rob Bradshaw at Biblical Studies has posted the August 2014 Biblical Study Carnival. The Biblical Study Carnival is a collection of the best biblical study posts published by bibliobloggers during the month of August. Rob has gathered an amazing collectio... [Biblical Carnival] [Biblical Studies] [Biblical Study Carnival] [Rob Bradshaw]

August 29, 10PM

On July 24, 2014, The New York Times published an article in which it detailed the removal of crosses from Christian churches in China. Below is an excerpt from the article: In another sign of the authorities’ efforts to contain … Continue reading... [china] [Cross] [news] [Christian Pe]

August 28, 10PM

Image: Wine Cellar at Tel Kabri Photo Credit: Assaf Yasur-Landau Archaeologists excavating at Tel Kabri have discovered a Canaanite royal wine cellar with a large number of vessels that held both red and white wine. Tel Kabri, a site located … Conti... [Archaeology] [Canaanites] [news] [Wine] [Assaf Yasur-Landau] [Eric Cline] [Tel Kabri] [Wine Cellar]

August 27, 10PM

I like the New Living Translation (NLT). This translation of the Bible was produced in order to help readers have a better understanding of what the Bible says. For this purpose, the translators did not attempt to produce a word for … Continue ... [Bible] [Translating] [Translation Problems] [Bible Translation] [New Living Translation]

August 26, 10PM

Almost every day we read and hear about the brutality against Christians perpetrated by a group of Islamic fanatics who call themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The group is also known as the Islamic State of … Continue reading &#... [movies] [news] [Christian Persecution] [ISIL] [Isis]

August 25, 10PM

In my review of the book Presence, Power, and Promise: The Role of the Spirit of God in the Old Testament by David G. Firth and Paul D. Wegner, I mentioned that a full review would be impossible because of … Continue reading → [Book of Genesis] [Hebrew Bible] [Holy Spirit] [Spirit of God] [Genesis 1:2]

August 24, 10PM

  Image: New Horizons Crosses the Orbit of Neptune Credit: NASA     Today the astronomical community will achieve a milestone in space exploration. Today, the spacecraft New Horizons will cross the orbit of Neptune on its way to Pluto. Th... [NASA] [news] [New Horizons] [Pluto]

August 22, 7AM

David G. Firth and Paul D. Wegner, eds. Presence, Power, and Promise: The Role of the Spirit of God in the Old Testament. Downers Grove, InterVarsity Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8308-3957-5. 415 pp. $30.00. The Spirit of God is mentioned several … Conti... [Hebrew Bible] [Holy Spirit] [old testament] [Spirit of God] [Holy Soirit]

August 20, 10PM

This post is the last section of a paper titled “The Repentance of God.” This paper was written by Ming Zhang, one of my students in the course “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” This … Continue reading → [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [Divine Constancy] [Divine Repentance] [foreknowledge] [Immutability]

August 19, 10PM

This post is a section of a paper titled “The Repentance of God.” This paper was written by Ming Zhang, one of my students in the course “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” This course … Continue reading → [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [Prayer] [Divine Repentance] [Intercession]

August 18, 10PM

  Image: Aramaic Script Styles   According to an article published in Foreign Policy, ISIS, the Islamic militant group that has occupied portions of Iraq and Syria, has murdered thousands of Christians and forced them to flee their villages. ISI... [Assyria] [news] [aramaic] [Assyrian Christians] [Iraq] [Isis]

August 17, 10PM

  Image: A Mosaic of an Elephant Attacking a Feline   An article published in the Jewish Week is reporting that excavations in an ancient synagogue in Israel have uncovered a mosaic with depictions of elephants. Jerusalem – An ancient R... [1 Kings] [Book of 1 Kings] [2 Kings] [Archaeology] [Elephants] [Solomon]

August 15, 10PM

Today I am celebrating my ninth year blogging. On Tuesday, August 16, 2005, I posted the following post: Blogging Begins! Today ClaudeMariottini.com took another step toward being fully functional with the addition of my blog. Look for my posts very ̷... [blogging] [Joy] [Psalms] [Marvin Tate] [Psalm 126]

August 14, 10PM

Image: The Mummy of Ramesses II   Researchers from the Universities of York, Macquarie and Oxford have discovered new evidence to suggest that the origins of mummification started in ancient Egypt more than 6,000 years ago. According to the researche... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Mummies] [Mummification]

10AM

Image: Mummified Eagle Credit: Oriental Institute In a previous post I mentioned about the new virtual tour of the Oriental Institute Museum. If you have not yet taken the virtual tour, I encourage you to do so. Better yet, visit … Continue reading ... [Archaeology] [Oriental Museum] [Mummies] [The Oriental Institute]

August 13, 10AM

Map: Mesopotamia Valley Courtesy: Archaeology Magazine Arbela’s (modern Erbil) strategic location between the great Assyrian cities to the west and south, and the Zagros Mountains to the east, placed it at the heart of the ancient Near East’s most... [Archaeology] [City of Arbela] [Erbil]

August 12, 10PM

Image: Human-Headed Winged Bull (Lamassu) Credit:  The Oriental Institute   Most people will never have an opportunity to visit the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago. The Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago is... [Archaeology] [Oriental Museum] [Winged Bull]

August 11, 10PM

In my previous study I discussed a post in which the writer emphasized that evangelicals should not support Israel. The post, “Why evangelicals should think twice about equating modern Israel with Israel of the Bible,” is an appeal to evangelicals ... [Abraham] [Biblical Israel] [Covenant] [Evangelicals] [Palestinians] [Jews]

August 10, 10PM

A few days ago, a former student sent me a link to a blog post where the writer says that evangelicals should not support modern Israel in its quest for existence because modern Israel is not the Israel of the … Continue reading → [Evangelicals] [State of Israel] [Palestinians]

August 6, 10PM

I read an article a few days ago in The Christian Century that discusses the sexual misconduct of a theologian who has had a major influence in the lives of Christians who are committed to Christian pacifism. The article titled, … Continue reading &... [news] [John Howard Yoder] [Non-violence] [pacifism] [Sexual Misconduct]

August 5, 10PM

Fox News is reporting that a trove of ancient coins were found in Israel. According to the report, the coins are 2,000 years old and are dated to a few years before the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in … Continue reading → [Archaeology] [news] [Ancient Coins]

August 4, 10PM

Last Sunday, Jeff Griffin, the pastor at The Compass Church in Naperville, preached a sermon on Hezekiah’s seal. Jeff is my pastor and The Compass is the church where my family and I worship every Sunday. What is so interesting about … Continue r... [Archaeology] [Hezekiah] [Bulla] [Hebrew Bible] [Hezekiah's Seal] [Seals]

August 3, 10PM

Image: Charlton Heston as Moses   Several days ago, I wrote a post in which I mentioned the trailer for the coming movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” staring Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Rameses, and John Turturro as … Continue re... [Book of Exodus] [Moses] [movies]

July 30, 10PM

This post is a section of a paper titled “The Repentance of God.” This paper was written by Ming Zhang, one of my students in the course “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” This course … Continue reading → [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [old testament]

July 21, 10PM

When God rescued the people of Israel from their slavery in Egypt, God told them: “Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest, so that . . . [you] may be refreshed” (Exodus … Continue reading → [blogging]

July 20, 10PM

I have often written in my posts that atheists and most secular people have a distorted view of God. In a recent post I wrote the following: “The God of the Old Testament is a much maligned being. Atheists, secular … Continue reading → [Hebrew God] [news] [old testament] [violence] [Hebrew Bible] [Terence Fretheim] [Timothy Egan]

12 AM

The Destruction of Jonah’s Grave According to a report published in Iraqi News, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have destroyed the grave of the prophet Jonah. The prophet Jonah, who preached in the city of Nineveh, … Continue readi... [Jonah] [news] [old testament] [Old Testament in the News] [Prophet Jonah]

July 19, 12 AM

Many Christians reject the teachings of the Old Testament because, in their view, the Old Testament has no relevance for the church today. What these Christians fail to realize is that the Old Testament comprises three-fourths of the Bible. Thus, … ... [Messiah] [Messianic Prophecies] [Preaching] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament]

July 18, 12 AM

This post is a section of a paper titled “The Repentance of God.” This paper was written by Ming Zhang, one of my students in the course “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” This course … Continue reading → [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [old testament] [Divine Repentance]

July 17, 1PM

Diana L. Stein has written an interesting article published in The Ancient Near East Today on the use of psychedelics drugs in the ancient Near East. Below is a brief excerpt from the article: Despite the many references, most of … Continue reading ... [Uncategorized]

12 AM

This paper, “The Repentance of God,” was written by Ming Zhang, one of my students in the course “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” This course was taught at Northern Baptist Seminary in the Spring … Continue read... [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [old testament] [Immutability of God] [Repentance of God]

July 16, 12 AM

The God of the Old Testament is a much maligned being. Atheists, secular people, and non-Christians have a distorted view of the God presented in the Hebrew Bible. A few Christians have adopted some of the views of these people … Continue reading &#... [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [old testament] [Theodicy]

July 15, 12 AM

This post is the last section of a paper titled “God: The Defender of the Oppressed.” This paper was written by Stephanie Franco, one of my students in the course “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old … Continue reading &#... [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [aliens] [old testament] [poor]

July 14, 12 AM

This post is a section of a paper titled “God: The Defender of the Oppressed.” This paper was written by Stephanie Franco, one of my students in the course “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” … Continue rea... [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [oppression] [Social Concern] [Social Oppression]

July 13, 12 AM

Do you like math? Do you hate math? Then, you must learn how to count like the ancient Egyptians did. Dave Reimer, an Associate Professor at The College of New Jersey, wrote an interesting book that describes how the ancient … Continue reading ͛... [Book Reviews] [Egypt] [David Reimer] [Mathematics]

July 12, 12 AM

News from Oriental Institute – University of Chicago The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago has announced that The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD) has been completed. The Chicago Assyrian... [news] [Chicago Assyrian Dictionary]

July 11, 10AM

  Photo: Ronald F. Youngblood   Bethel University has announced the death of Ronald F. Youngblood. Youngblood was professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Bethel Seminary. The following obituary was published by Bethel University: Ronald F. You... [news] [obituary] [Ronald Youngblood]

12 AM

This post is a section of a paper titled “God: The Defender of the Oppressed.” This paper was written by Stephanie Franco, one of my students in the course “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” … Continue reading ... [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [old testament] [poor] [Widows] [Orphans]

July 10, 10AM

The first official trailer for “Exodus : Gods and Kings” is out. In the movie, Christian Bale plays Moses. The movie was directed by Ridley Scott, the same person who directed “The Gladiator.” Enjoy the preview. Claude Mariottini P... [Exodus] [Moses] [movies]

12 AM

  Photo: William G. Dever In a recent post, I mentioned that the Society of Biblical Literature was offering a free book written by Israel Finkelstein. The book published by the SBL is: Israel Finkelstein, The Forgotten Kingdom: The Archaeology ̷... [Archaeology] [Book Reviews] [Minimalists] [David] [Israel Finkelstein] [Solomon] [The Forgotten Kingdom]

July 9, 12 AM

  Photo: Immanuel Velikovsky (1895-1979) Most people reading this post may not realize the importance of these two studies on Immanuel Velikovsky. Velikovsky proposed a radical interpretation of some events in the Bible based on some astron... [Book Reviews] [Immanuel Velikovsky]

July 8, 8AM

This post is a section of a paper titled “God: The Defender of the Oppressed.” This paper was written by Stephanie Franco, one of my students in the course “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” … Continue reading ... [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [old testament] [poor]

July 7, 12 AM

This paper, “God: The Defender of the Oppressed,” was written by Stephanie Franco, one of my students in the course“OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” This course was taught at Northern Baptist Seminary in the … Co... [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [old testament] [oppression]

July 3, 1PM

In a recent article titled “The Great Accreditation Farce,” published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Peter Conn wrote “that Wheaton and other religious colleges are ‘intellectually compromised institutions’ that betray the intellectual st... [news] [Academic freedom] [Christian Colleges] [Christian Education] [wheaton college]

8AM

  Image: Granite Weight in the Form of a Duck Credit: The British Museum   News from Archaeology This image of a granite weight in the form of a duck comes from the Kingdom of Lagash, about 2150-2000 B.C. The information … Continue readin... [Archaeology] [Lagash]

July 2, 12 PM

Free Book: Virginia Rimmer Herrmann and J. David Schloen, eds., In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East. Chicago: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2014. The Oriental Institute Museum of the University &#... [Archaeology] [Katumuwa] [Mourning Ritual]

8AM

Bible Gateway provides an aggregation of articles published by Bible professors called “Bible Gateway Bible Profs News.” This resource is invaluable to people who are interested in reading articles on Bible and theology. Bible Gateway Bible Profs News... [Bible Gateway] [blogging]

July 1, 12 AM

Painting: Joseph’s Coat Painter: Diego Velázquez (1630) The story of Joseph begins with a statement that shows the special place he enjoyed in his father’s house: “Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the ... [Book of Genesis] [Jacob] [Joseph] [Coat of Many Colors] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament]

June 30, 12 AM

  Image: Golden Calf  Found in Azerbaijan   The Old Testament is always in the news. Below are a few stories in which the Old Testament was mentioned. Pastoral Burnout The report below discusses the reasons many pastors are leaving the... [Golden Calf] [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [old testament] [homosexuality] [The Warrior God]

June 27, 11AM

Last spring I taught a course at Northern Baptist Seminary titled “OT 458 Old Testament Theology: The God of the Old Testament.” Old Testament Theology is a required course in the Christian Heritage area of the Master of Divinity degree at Northern Ba... [blogging] [Hebrew God] [Northern Baptist Seminary]

June 26, 12 AM

Photo: Joseph Callaway (1920-1988)   After Joshua conquered the city of Jericho, Joshua and the army of Israel prepared for the conquest of the city of Ai. According to Joshua 7:2, Joshua prepared for the invasion of Ai by sending spies to reconnoite... [AI] [Archaeology] [Bryant Wood] [Joseph Callaway] [Khirbet el-Maqatir] [W. F. Albright]

June 24, 1PM

The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures has announced the publication of a new article in the latest issue of the Journal: Article Simeon CHAVEL, “Prophetic Imagination in the Light of Narratology and Disability Studies in Isaiah 40-48″ Abstract The ... [Free Article] [Isaiah 40] [Prophetic Imagination]

June 23, 10AM

The Wall Street Journal is reporting the decision of Malaysia’s high court in which the court says that the use of the word “Allah” is for Muslims only. Below is an excerpt from the news report: PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia-Malaysia’s top court on Mond... [news] [Allah] [Christianity] [Islam]

June 21, 2PM

These are some of the articles written this past week in which the Old Testament was mentioned: History of Ancient Judaism Amy-Jill Levine, a professor of Hebrew Bible at Duke University is teaching a course in the history of ancient Judaism. This course... [news] [old testament] [Old Testament in the News]

June 20, 12 AM

      As part of its Electronic Publications Initiative, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is offering a free PDF copy of its Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization (SAOC) 68. This issue of SAOC is a collection of studie... [free book] [Matthew W. Stolper]

June 19, 10AM

  Image: Beheading by Assyrian Soldiers No one likes war, but war is a reality that has existed in human society from the dawn of civilization. With no exception, one characteristic of wars is the extreme violence that goes on in the battlefield. War... [2 Kings] [Archaeology] [Assyria] [Menahem] [violence] [War]

June 18, 12 AM

Picture: Execution of Prisoners in Tikrit Credit: ISIS Public Radio International is reporting that the United Nations Human Rights Committee is investigating claims by ISIS that it has killed 1700 captured prisoners of war. The following is an excerpt fr... [Hebrew Bible] [Human Rights] [ISIL] [Isis]

June 17, 8AM

Next fall quarter I will be teaching the book of Amos to my students at Northern Seminary. I enjoy teaching the book of Amos because his message of social justice is as relevant today as it was in the eighth century B.C. I have written several studies on ... [Amos] [Book of Amos] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [Amaziah] [prophet]

June 15, 12 AM

Sunday, June 15 is Father’s Day. This is the day set aside by our society to recognize fathers for the labor of love they do on behalf of their children. To recognize fathers on Father’s Day, I am reprinting a post which in my son’s favorite... [fathers] [Genealogy] [king] [Parenthood] [Genealogies] [kings] [Thomas Fuller]

June 14, 6AM

Painting: Hezekiah, King of Judah Painter: (Unknown – 17th Century)     Hezekiah was one of the better kings of Judah. He succeeded his father Ahaz as king of the Southern Kingdom in 715 B.C. Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he beca... [2 Kings] [Book of 2 Kings] [Hebrew Bible] [Hezekiah] [old testament] [Sennacherib]

June 13, 12 AM

                                      The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) is offering a free book published in its Ancient Near East Monograph Series. Belo... [free book] [Israel Finkelstein] [The Forgotten Kingdom]

June 12, 8AM

This is my third article on the book of Judges. The links for the two previous posts on the book of Judges are listed at the end of this post. It is a fact that the greatest challenge Israel faced in maintaining its relationship with Yahweh and keeping th... [Asherah] [Baal] [Book of Judges] [Canaanites] [Hebrew Bible] [Ashera]

June 11, 8AM

              Image: Graduating Class of 2014 Northern Baptist Seminary’s Commencement Ceremony was held on Saturday, June 7, 2014. At that time, the seminary welcomed 51 students into the alumni family. Now, our gradu... [Northern Baptist Seminary] [graduation] [Northern Seminary]

June 10, 8AM

Recent events on college campus show the many challenges Christians students face in living their faith in the world. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a call to discipleship and any Christian organization that does not emphasize discipleship and the demands ... [discipleship] [Evangelicals] [news] [Discipleship. Evangelicals] [secularism]

June 9, 12 AM

In 587 B.C. the Babylonian army conquered Jerusalem and deported a large part of the population of Judah. This was the second deportation of Judah. The first deportation occurred in 597 B.C. when King Jehoiachin, the royal family, and several prominent ci... [Archaeology] [deportation] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [Babylonian Deportation] [empty land]

June 6, 12 AM

Here at Northern Baptist Seminary we are just coming to the end of the academic year. Since we are on the quarter system, we begin class late in September and finish class during the first week in June. As I come to the end of the academic year, my work a... [blogging]

June 5, 12 AM

Image: Ruth and Boaz Painter: Josep Anton Koch (1768-1839) Fortress Press has published a Bible Commentary in two volumes. This commentary seeks to introduce readers to each book of the Bible by focusing on the context of the text and how the text has bee... [Book of Ruth] [Hebrew Bible] [Boaz] [Elimelech] [Ruth]

June 4, 12 AM

Image: Joseph Being Sold Into Slavery Painter: Alexander Maximilian Seitz (1811-1888) The origin of slavery has been lost in antiquity. The institution of slavery existed in the ancient Near East and it was practiced for millennia in many countries of the... [slavery] [slaves] [human dignity]

June 2, 7AM

Logos Bible Software is offering Walter Brueggemann’s book Spirituality of the Psalms for free during the month of June. The following is a description of Brueggemann’s book as it appears on Logos web page: Explore the Psalms with one of the world’s... [free book]

May 30, 11AM

In a previous post, Honor Killing: The Rape of Dinah, I wrote about the tragic story of a woman who had run away to avoid marrying a man to whom her family had forcibly betrothed her. The woman agreed to return to her family after her father had signed a ... [news] [Honor Killing] [Patriarchy]

May 29, 12 AM

  Image: Ancient Egyptian Food In an article published in the Journal of Archaeological Science 46 (2014): 114–124, a group of French scientists report on a study of carbon present in the remains of mummies who lived in Egypt between 3500 and 600 B... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Egyptian Diet] [Food in Antiquity]

May 28, 2PM

  Image: Sennachrib   Last Sunday, my pastor, Jeff Griffin, Senior Pastor at The Compass Church, preached a sermon on Sennacherib’s letter to Hezekiah (2 Kings 19:10-13). It was a great sermon, a sermon in which Jeff emphasized Hezekiah’s re... [2 Kings] [Assyria] [Hezekiah] [Sennacherib] [Isaiah]

May 27, 12 AM

The book of Judges presents the stories of several individuals who led the people of Israel during the difficult days that preceded the establishment of the monarchy. There were twelve judges in Israel, six major judges and six minor judges. The major jud... [Book of Judges] [Deborah] [Samson] [Gideon] [Jephthah] [Judges] [Sanson]

May 25, 12 AM

                          Image: The Left Handed Painter Artist: Carlo Maria Mariani According to a recent study, about 10% of the population of the US are left-handed. In addition, about 1... [Book of Judges] [Ehud] [Left-handed] [Moses]

May 24, 12 AM

                          Image: Moses with the Ten Commandments Artists: Rembrandt The biblical story of Moses is well known by most people familiar with the Bible. Born in Egypt at the t... [Moses] [Moses the Concert] [Moses. Exodus] [Moses’ Rod]

May 23, 10AM

Image: The Jehoash Tablet I have written several posts on the Jehoash Inscription. You can read them here and here. The Jehoash Inscription consists of several lines of text written in ancient Phoenician script. The tablet refers to King Jehoash and his w... [Jehoash Inscription] [Jehoash Tablet] [Matthew Kalman] [Oded Golan]

May 22, 8AM

The Times of Israel has published a very sad note of an event that could be considered a cultural crime against humanity. This sad event affects all those who appreciate the historical heritage left to us by the nations of the ancient Near East. Here is t... [Archaeology] [Assyria] [Syria]

May 20, 12 AM

Electronic resources available in the market today have made the work of pastors and seminary students much easier than it was for a previous generation of Bible students. Most pastors of my generation had to do research using cards on which they kept not... [Book Reviews] [Dictionary of the Old Testament] [Historical Books] [IVP] [Pentateuch]

May 19, 12 AM

When studying the book of Judges, one is bewildered by the way Israel lives its relationship with God. Israel’s God was a God of history and their encounter with God came through his revelation in Egypt and their deliverance from the house of slavery. I... [Book of Judges] [Deuteronomic History] [Judges] [syncretism]

May 14, 7AM

  Image: The National Museum in Baghdad Credit: Wikimedia Commons   Archaeology Magazine has an interesting article written by Andrew Lawler on the looting of the National Museum in Baghdad. When the looting occurred in 2003, looters set fire t... [Archaeology] [Iraq] [National Museum]

May 13, 9AM

My article “Old Testament’s Deuteronomy Puts Women on Equal Footing” was published in Ethics Daily today. The article deals with the reforms of King Josiah and how the book of Deuteronomy makes an attempt at improving the role of women in Israelite ... [Book of Deuteronomy] [women] [Deuteronomy]

12 AM

Today I continue my studies on Tamar’s rape and the events in the life of David’s family that culminated with the death of two of David’s sons. The links for my previous studies on this topic are listed at the end of the present post. The rape of Ta... [2 Samuel] [David] [rape] [Tamar] [Absalom] [Amnon] [Hebrew Bible]

May 11, 12 AM

  Image: Jeroboam’s Wife Visits the Prophet Ahijah Painter: Frans van Mieris (1635-1681)   On this Mother’s Day I want to tell a sad story. It is the story of a mother’s love for a sick son and the agony of her heart as she contemplated t... [1 Kings] [Jeroboam] [mother] [women] [Ahijah] [Jeroboam's Wife] [Mother’s Day]

May 10, 12 AM

Image: A New Tomb Found at Saqqara News from Archaeology (Source: Fox News): Archeologists have found a tomb dating back to around 1100 B.C. south of Cairo, Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry said Thursday. Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that t... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Saqqara]

May 9, 12 AM

Image: Hannah giving her son Samuel to the priest Painter: Jan Victors (1645) Every year on Mother’s Day I publish a new post on one of the mothers of the Old Testament. On Mother’s Day we honor the women who have made a difference in our lives and w... [Deborah] [Hannah] [mother] [Rizpah] [women] [Rachel]

May 8, 11AM

  Image: The Tel Dan Inscription   People familiar with excavations in Jerusalem know of the controversy that has arisen with the involvement of the Elad Foundation in sponsoring archaeologists to excavate the city in order to recover “the rem... [Archaeology] [David] [City of David] [Eli Shukron] [Jerusalem] [Ronny Reich]

May 6, 12 AM

  Image: The Rape of Dinah Painter: Giuliano Bugiardini (1531) On Sunday, May 4, 2014, The New York Times published a chilling story about honor killing. Honor killing is the murder of a member of a family (generally a woman) by another member of th... [Book of Genesis] [Dinah] [rape] [Genesis] [Hebrew Bible] [Honor Killing] [old testament] [Shechem]

May 4, 12 AM

Genesis 32:22-30 is an amazing passage because of what it says about God. Most Christians are familiar with this story, but few really comprehend the implications of God’s words to Jacob. The following narrative describes what happened when God and Jaco... [Book of Genesis] [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [Jacob] [Genesis] [Peniel]

May 3, 12 PM

  Image: The Jesus’ Wife Papyrus In a recent post titled “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” I discussed the results of a test conducted by scientists from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the so-called “The ... [Archaeology] [jesus] [Jesus' Wife]

May 1, 9AM

The book of Deuteronomy has been seen by many scholars as a reform document. This understanding of Deuteronomy is based on the view that the book found in the temple and gave impetus to the reforms of Josiah was an early edition of the book of Deuteronomy... [Book of Deuteronomy] [women] [Josiah]

April 29, 12 AM

Image: Pharaoh Neco (right) facing the goddess Hathor (right). Inscription: The inscription above Neco reads: “I grant you every country in submission.” Neco killed Josiah and Judah became a vassal of Egypt. Josiah was one of the greatest kings of the... [2 Kings] [Josiah] [Manasseh] [Neco]

April 28, 2PM

Glen Stassen, a former professor at Southern Baptist Seminary, died on April 26 at the age of 78. Glen was involved in the peacemaking movement and was a very influential peacemaker through his writings and lectures. I met Glen when I was a student at Sou... [news] [Glen Stassen] [obituary]

11AM

  Image: Sargon II   Archaeologists digging in northern Galilee have discovered a seal that is dated to the time of Sargon II, the Assyrian king who conquered Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom. They also discovered an orange ring dati... [Archaeology] [Assyria] [Sargon] [Sargon II] [Seals]

April 25, 1PM

My blogger friend Milton Stanley is back at blogging again. After several months away from blogging, Milton has decided to return and continue providing helpful material to pastors through his blog. Milton’s blog, “Transforming Sermons” is written f... [blogging]

April 24, 9AM

  Free Book: R. Albert Mohler Jr., ed. God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines. Louisville: SBTS Press, 2014.     A just published book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships (New ... [free book] [homosexuality] [same-sex marriage]

April 23, 2PM

The following Northern Reflection was published today by Northern Seminary: Welcome to Northern Reflections! These short devotional emails focus on a biblical passage, offering inspirational exposition, and a model prayer. “Then the Lord said to Joshua... [Northern Baptist Seminary] [Northern Reflections] [Northern Seminary]

8AM

  Image: A stonemason’s chisel Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority Archaeologists associated with the Israel Antiquities Authority found a stonemason’s chisel which is believed to have been used by the workers who built the Western Wall in Jerus... [Archaeology] [Herod] [temple] [Eli Shukron] [Herod the Great] [Ronny Reich] [Second Temple] [Stonemason’s Chisel] [Western Wall]

April 22, 12 AM

After Amnon forcibly raped his sister Tamar and bolted the door of his house behind her, Tamar was forced to find refuge in the only place she believed would be safe for her: the house of her brother Absalom. Tamar’s rape affected her physically and psy... [2 Samuel] [David] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [rape] [Tamar] [Absalom] [Amnon]

April 18, 8AM

Image: The Shroud of Turin   Today is Good Friday, the day when Christians everywhere meditate on the suffering of Jesus as he went to Calvary and as we think of the agony he endured as he died on the cross. No other text in the Bible depicts the suf... [Cross] [Crucifixion] [jesus christ] [Shroud of Turin] [Suffering Servant]

April 17, 8AM

Image: Pharaoh Tutankhamun (King Tut) The historical understanding of Israel as a nation and its identity as a people chosen and set apart by God is based on the events that occurred at the time of its Exodus from Egypt and the covenant God establish... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Exodus] [Akhenaten] [Amarna Age] [King Tut] [Tutankhamun]

April 15, 12 AM

Today, April 15, 2014, is the first day of Passover. The word “Passover” (Hebrew pesah) comes from the events mentioned in the book of Exodus, when the Lord visited the land of Egypt and spared Israel from the last plague that killed the firstborn of ... [jesus christ] [Passover] [Calvary] [Cross] [Easter] [Good Friday]

April 14, 12 AM

  Image: The Rape of Tamar Painter:  Eustache Le Seur (1640) This is my fourth post on the rape of Tamar. The links for the previous posts are listed at the end of this post.   But she said to him, “No, my brother! Don’t humiliate me! T... [2 Samuel] [Book of 2 Samuel] [David] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [rape] [Tamar] [Absalom] [Amnon]

April 11, 1PM

  Image: The Jesus’ Wife Papyrus For several months now, scholars have been debating whether the so-called “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” was genuine or a forgery. Now we know. Scientists from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institu... [Archaeology] [jesus christ] [Gospel of Jesus' Wife] [jesus]

April 9, 10AM

  Image: Anthropoidal Coffin Lid Credit: Clara Amit/Israel Antiquities Authority   An Important Archaeological Discovery (Courtesy of Foxnews.com): Archaeologists uncovered a Bronze Age ceramic coffin and a golden scarab in Israel’s Jezr... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Akhenaten] [Amarna Age] [Habiru] [Ramesses II] [Seti I]

April 8, 9AM

  Image: Baal, The Canaanite God of Rain Syncretism is the merger of different, and at times, contradictory religious practices, faith, and beliefs in order to reconcile different religious traditions found within a community and in order to find uni... [Baal] [Canaanites] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [syncretism]

April 7, 12 AM

  Picture: Amnon and Tamar Painter: Jan Steen (1625-1679)   This is my third post on the series of studies on the rape of Tamar, David’s daughter. The links for the previous studies on this series are found at the end of this post. People... [2 Samuel] [Book of 2 Samuel] [David] [Hebrew Bible] [Tamar] [Amnon] [old testament] [rape]

April 4, 12 AM

The Middle East Media Research Institute has published a translation of an article written by Egyptian columnist Ahmad al-Gamal in which he is requesting that the Egyptian government sue the State of Israel for damage caused to the people of Egypt by the ... [Egypt] [Exodus] [Ten Plagues]

April 3, 2PM

Today’s post will be an exercise divided into four sections. First, I will explain the problem, then show you the error, provide the correct answer, and finally draw a lesson from this exercise. I hope you will play along with me. The Problem With the s... [Archaeology] [Gilgamesh Epic] [flood] [Noah]

April 2, 10AM

              Photo: 3300-year-old Egyptian Tomb Credit: Photo courtesy Kevin Cahail Live Science has a fascinating article describing the discovery of a 3,300-year-old tomb with a pyramid entrance at an ancient cem... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Moses]

7AM

I am happy to announce that my friend Randy Tumblin has been promoted to Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Northern Seminary. Randy is a goodly man, a man who loves the Lord and who is committed to theological education. Below is the press re... [Northern Baptist Seminary] [Northern Seminary] [Randy Tumblin]

April 1, 12 AM

CAUTION: This post is a review of the movie “Noah.” If you have not seen the movie but are planning to see it in the near future, I recommend that you do not read this review. Read it after you have seen the movie. Below I will mention what I liked ab... [Book of Genesis] [movies] [Noah's Ark] [flood] [Genesis] [Hebrew Bible] [Noah]

March 31, 12 AM

Today I continue my study of the rape of Tamar. However, before I continue this study, it may be necessary to provide an introduction to David’s family, since the rape of Tamar gives birth to several events that will have a profound impact on the future... [Bathsheba] [David] [Solomon] [David's Family] [Tamar]

March 25, 12 AM

This week is Spring Break at Northern Seminary. Our students are taking a week off to rest, to recuperate from the rigors of a cold winter here in Chicago, and to prepare for the Spring Quarter, which begins on Monday, March 31. Even prophets need to get ... [blogging]

March 24, 12 AM

Picture: Amnon and Tamar Painter: Giovanni Domenico Cerrini (1609-1681) Every year in my course “The Former Prophets” I require my students to read Phyllis Trible’s book, Text of Terror. This book presents stories of terror and injustices perpetrat... [2 Samuel] [Book of 2 Samuel] [David] [Tamar] [2 Samuel 13] [Amnon] [Hebrew Bible] [old testament] [rape]

March 18, 11AM

Image: A Wand with Human Faces Credit: Juan José Ibáñex Archaeologists digging at Tell Qarassa, a site in Syria, have discovered an ancient staff dated to around 7,000 B.C., carved with human faces. The wand was discovered in a graveyard where the rem... [Archaeology] [Ritual Wand] [Tell Qarassa]

March 17, 8AM

On March 15, 2014, Brian LePort at Near Emmaus wrote a post in which he asked: “Are Biblioblogs Dying?” Biblioblogs are blogs dedicated to the study of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Some of these blogs also deal with theology, church history... [blogging] [bibliobloggers] [Biblioblogs]

March 14, 2PM

Today is a special day in the world of mathematics. Today is Pi Day: March 14 = 3.14.           Happy Pi Day Claude Mariottini Professor of Old Testament Northern Baptist Seminary If you enjoyed reading this post, share it with o... [Uncategorized]

12 PM

  Image: A bronze coffin of a mummified Ibis Credit: The Brooklyn Museum Archaeology magazine has an interesting article on animal mummification in ancient Egypt. In his preview of the article, Eric A. Powell explains why animals were mummified and t... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Animal Mummification]

March 13, 12 AM

  Book Review: Scot McKnight, Sermon on the Mount. The Story of God Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. ISBN 978-0-310-32713-4. Pp. 300. $29.99. My friend and colleague Scot McKnight has written a new book, Sermon on the Mount. The book ... [Book Reviews] [jesus] [jesus christ] [book review] [Scot McKnight] [sermon on the mount]

March 12, 10AM

Image: Unopened Tefillin Credit: Shai Halevi via Israel Antiquities Authority The Times of Israel is reporting that an Israeli scholar has discovered nine unopened Dead Sea Scrolls tefillin from the Second Temple period and unread for more than 2,000 yea... [Archaeology] [Dead Sea Scrolls]

March 11, 12 AM

Image: A series of old Babylonian weights ranging from 1 mina to 3 shekels Credit: Wikipedia The terms Israel used to classify weights and measures came from items in everyday life. They derived measurements of length from the length of the limbs of the ... [Archaeology] [Lengths] [Measures] [Weights]

March 10, 12 AM

Today I conclude my studies on the prophet Micah. I enjoy teaching and writing on Micah because his ministry reflects a deep concern for the poor and oppressed peasants who lived in the villages of Judah. If you want to read other studies on Micah, visit ... [Bethlehem] [Book of Micah] [Messiah] [Micah] [Micah 5:2]

March 9, 1AM

Paramount is releasing the movie “Noah” on March 28, 2014. There has been much discussion in the press and on the Internet about the merits of the movie. Christianity Today has released an interview with Jerry A. Johnson, President and CEO of National... [movies] [Noah]

March 8, 1AM

The prophecy of the Virgin Birth and the Sign of Immanuel in Isaiah 7:14 is one of the most difficult passages in the Bible. Scholars have written volumes on this prophetic text because the words of Isaiah have played an important role in the understandin... [Book of Isaiah] [Isaiah] [Immanuel] [Isaiah 7:14] [Virgin Birth]

March 7, 1AM

    Book Review: Phillip G. Camp, Finding Your Way: A Guide to Seminary Life and Beyond. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2009. ISBN 13: 978-1-60608-252-2. Pp. 120. $15.00. Before the ascension of Jesus, the Lord met his disciples and gave them a comm... [Book Reviews] [Northern Baptist Seminary] [Seminary Education] [Phillip Camp] [Seminary Students] [Theological Education]

March 6, 11AM

“You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). The second commandment declares that in Israel no other god should be worshiped in addition to Yahweh. While the intent of the commandment may have included the idea of monotheism, the words of t... [Asherah] [Dacalogue] [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [Monotheism] [Ten Commandments] [Decalogue] [False Gods] [idolatry]

March 5, 1PM

  Image: A Storm God Archaeology News: Archaeologists excavating an ancient mountaintop sanctuary in southeastern Turkey have unearthed more than 600 seals and amulets left at the temple as votive offerings. Originally dedicated to a Near Eastern sto... [Archaeology] [Storm God]

5AM

In a previous post, I discussed Lamech’s bigamy and named some of the people in the Bible who were married to more than one wife. One issue I did not raise in that post was about Moses’ marital status. The issue I will seek to address in this post is ... [Cush] [Cushites] [Moses] [Bigamy] [Cushite Woman] [Ethiopians] [Zipporah]

March 4, 1AM

The creation stories in Genesis 1 and 2 and the creation of the first human beings introduce an ideal for marriage that portrays heterosexual and monogamous marriage as the will of God for his creation. This design continues to be the ideal throughout the... [Bigamy] [Book of Genesis] [Lamech] [polygamy] [Genesis 2:24] [Marriage] [Polygamy.]

February 25, 1AM

  Book Review: Tremper Longman III. Old Testament Essentials: Creation, Conquest, Exile and Return. Downers Grove: IVP Connect, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8308-1051-2. Paperback. $18.00. I love reading and teaching the Old Testament. I believe that Christians... [Book Reviews] [old testament] [book review] [Tremper Longman]

February 24, 9AM

In my last post on Micah, I mentioned that the prophet lived during a very difficult time in the history of Judah. During the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, several important political events occurred which impacted the life of the people who lived... [Book of Micah] [Micah] [poor] [Social Oppression]

February 21, 1AM

Micah is one of my favorite prophets in the Old Testament. The reason I enjoy teaching the book of Micah is because he was a prophet who took the side of the oppressed and preached a message of judgment and hope to the people of Jerusalem. Whenever one re... [Book of Micah] [Micah] [poor] [Oppressed People] [oppression]

February 18, 1AM

Image: Burden Bearers This study on forced labor under Solomon is a continuation of my previous studies on the oppressive policies established by Solomon during his long reign as king of Israel and Judah. A list of previous posts dealing with social oppre... [1 Kings] [2 Samuel] [Book of Kings] [slaves] [Solomon] [Corvee Labor] [Forced Labor] [Social Oppression]

February 17, 1AM

Image: The Ophel Inscription In a previous post, I wrote about the 3,000 year-old inscription found on a clay jug in Jerusalem. In that post, I wrote the following: The inscription was found by a group of archaeologists from the Hebrew University. The tea... [Archaeology] [Solomon] [Wine] [Gershon Galil] [Ophel Inscription]

February 15, 1AM

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits–who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with... [Book of Psalms] [Hebrew God] [old testament] [Psalm 103] [Psalms]

February 14, 10AM

N. T. Wright, the famous New Testament scholars, has published his long-awaited fourth volume in the Christian Origins and the Question of God series, Paul and the Faithfulness of God. In order to promote the book, Fortress Press has produced a 30-minute ... [Book Reviews] [N. T. Wright] [Paul]

February 11, 11AM

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most destructive and one of the deadliest natural disasters in the history of our country. When Katrina hit the southern states in 2005, it killed almost two thousand people, caused almost $100 billion in damage, and creat... [evil] [Theodicy] [Hurricane Katrina] [Natural Disaster]

1AM

Image: Amenhotep III Archaeologists digging in Egypt have made a discovery that could bring major changes to Egyptian history and chronology. Below is a summary of a news report announcing a discovery related to Amenhotep III and his son Amenhotep IV: A t... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Akhenaten] [Amenhotep III]

February 10, 1AM

Image: “The Mesha Stele” also known as “The Moabite Stone” In their article, “Phoenician Bones of Contention,” published in the journal Antiquity, Volume 87, Issue 338 (December 2013): 1199-1207, Paolo Xella, Josephine Quinn, V... [2 Kings] [Archaeology] [Book of 2 Kings] [Canaanites] [children] [Jeremiah] [Josiah] [child sacrifice] [gehenna] [Hinnom Valley] [Josephine Quinn] [Topheth]

February 8, 6PM

Brian Renshaw at NT Exegesis has published the January 2014 Biblical Studies Carnival (Carnival XCV). The Biblical Studies Carnival is a collection of the best posts in biblical studies. Brian has posted a list of the best posts in biblical studies publis... [Biblical Carnival] [Biblical Studies Carnival]

9AM

Deuteronomy 22:5 says: “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.” The psychological anomaly of transvestism refers to ... [Book of Deuteronomy] [women] [Deuteronomy 22:5] [Transvestism] [Transvestite]

February 7, 1AM

Fortress Press has published an interesting book written by Amy Kalmanofsky, Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible, in which she studies sisters and sisterhood in the Hebrew Bible. The title of this book called my attention to the fact that in the study o... [Book Reviews] [Amy Kalmanofsky] [Hebrew Family]

February 6, 1AM

  The emergence of Israel as a nation in Canaan has been a matter of debate among biblical scholars and archaeologists. Scholars differ on their views on the historicity of Israel’s exodus from Egypt as well as the interpretation of the narrative i... [Book of Joshua] [Book Reviews] [Conquest of Canaan] [Early Israel] [Ralph K. Hawkins]

February 4, 1AM

This is my last post on my studies on Isaiah 7:14 and the Sign of Immanuel. The conclusions I offer in this post are based on the textual evidence I have presented in previous posts. If you have not read my previous posts, I strongly suggest that you read... [Book of Isaiah] [Isaiah] [God With Us] [Immanuel] [Isaiah 7] [Virgin Birth]

February 3, 1AM

                  Photo: 11Q5 Psalm Manuscript Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority In a previous post I wrote about The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project. This digital project introduces the public to some of... [Archaeology] [Dead Sea Scrolls]

February 1, 9AM

Photo: One of the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found The Dead Sea Scrolls became one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century because of the relevance of these texts to biblical studies. This collection of almos... [Uncategorized]

January 30, 11AM

The search for the first human has sparked a new debate among scientists. This debate is the focus of two studies published recently and reported by FoxNews.com, in which two scientists debate their work in identifying the first human being. Below is an e... [Adam] [Book of Genesis] [Creation] [Genesis 1]

January 29, 1AM

Today I continue my studies on Isaiah 7:14 and the sign of Immanuel. In these studies I have tried to place Isaiah’s oracle in a historical context and have insisted that unless one takes seriously the historical situation in which the oracle was given ... [Book of Isaiah] [Isaiah] [Ahaz] [Immanuel] [Isaiah 7] [Syro-Ephraimite War]

January 28, 10AM

Photo:  Antony Flew Antony Flew was a British philosopher and a famous atheist who became a believer in God a few years before his death. Flew was a promoter of atheism. While attending classes at Oxford, Flew participated in the meetings of the Socratic... [Antony Flew] [atheism] [evolution] [theism]

January 22, 12 PM

From FoxNews.com   Image:  Ancient Mosaic in Byzantine Church Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority     A 1,500-year-old church complete with a sophisticated mosaic was uncovered by archaeologists in southern Israel. The Israel Antiquities... [Archaeology] [news]

January 21, 8AM

“God also spoke to Moses and said to him: ‘I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name The LORD I did not make myself known to them’” (Exodus 6:2-3). When most people read these words, they fail to unders... [Uncategorized]

January 20, 10AM

In a previous post, I wrote that the proper understanding of the Immanuel prophecy must focus on four statements in the oracle given by Isaiah to Ahaz during the crisis the Southern Kingdom faced as a result of the Syro-Ephraimite War. These four statemen... [Book of Isaiah] [Isaiah] [Immanuel] [Isaiah 7]

January 17, 8AM

Naomi F. Miller, a Consulting Scholar, Near East Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, has published an article dealing with symbols of fertility and abundance at Ur. Below is the abstract of the article: Fertility and abundance are important ... [Archaeology] [Fertility] [Ur] [Inanna] [Naomi F. Miller]

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Archaeologists excavating a site in Egypt have found the remains of a pharaoh who ruled Egypt more than 3,600 years ago. The remains of Senebkay, king of Egypt was a pharaoh who until now was unknown in Egyptian history. The skeleton of King Senebkay was ... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Abydos] [Hyksos] [Pharaoh Senebkay]

January 16, 11AM

Walter Brueggemann is one of my favorite authors. Brueggemann taught Old Testament at Eden Theological Seminary from 1961-1986 and at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia from 1986 until his retirement in 2003. During his years at Columbia, h... [news] [Walter Brueggemann]

10AM

Bible Gateway has come out with an aggregation of tweets from Bible professors called “Bible Gateway Bible Profs News.” This new web resource will make available to thousands of readers what Bible professors are writing on their blogs and twitting ab... [Bible Gateway] [blogging]

January 15, 9AM

On February 28, 2014, 20th Century Fox will release the movie, “The Son of God.” The movie was produced by Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey. They were the two people who produced “The Bible,” a series of programs on the Bible which w... [jesus] [jesus christ] [Son of God]

January 14, 8AM

My article, “Yahweh, The Breaker of Israel” was published in Perspective on the Old Testament and Hebrew, a collection of essays written in honor of Professor Page Kelley, one of my professors at The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. ... [Book of Micah] [Hebrew God] [Micah] [Yahweh] [Micah 2]

January 13, 1AM

The interpretation of Isaiah 7:14 and the sign of Immanuel has been one of the most controversial texts among interpreters of the Old Testament because of its Messianic connotation and because of its appearance in Matthew 1:22-23 in relation to the birth ... [Ahaz] [Book of Isaiah] [Isaiah] [virgin] [Almah] [Bethulah] [Isaiah 7:14] [Virgin Birth]

January 11, 1AM

The conflict between the prophet Jeremiah and the prophet Hananiah is about who was proclaiming the true word of God. The confrontation between these two prophets in the Temple is a classic example of prophetic messages that claimed to represent God’s w... [Book of Jeremiah] [False Prophets] [Hananiah] [Jeremiah] [Prophets]

January 9, 11AM

Image: The Ark of the Covenant being carried Credit: Wikimedia   According to an article published in Live Science, an ancient Hebrew text reveals where the treasures from Solomon’s temple were hidden. This same text also mentions what happened to... [Archaeology] [Ark of the Covenant]

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This study of the sign of Immanuel and of Isaiah 7:14 is a continuation of yesterday’s post. You can read Part 1 here. At the time when Judah was besieged by Pekah, king of Israel, and by Rezin, king of Syria, God sent his prophet Isaiah with a message ... [Ahaz] [Book of Isaiah] [Isaiah] [Immanuel] [Isaiah 7]

January 8, 1AM

Yesterday’s post on the Virgin Birth was written by my friend Edward Fudge. As I mentioned in the introduction to his post, I republished his article because I agree with him. The Virgin Birth has become one of the most important teachings of the church... [Ahaz] [Book of Isaiah] [Isaiah] [Immanuel] [Isaiah 7] [Tiglath-pileser]

January 7, 1AM

Today’s post was written by my friend Edward Fudge. The post was published in gracEmail, the email that Edward publishes regularly. Edward Fudge can be contacted at edward@edwardfudge.com. Edward Fudge is the author of the book The Fire That Consumes. H... [Book of Isaiah] [Isaiah] [virgin] [Immanuel] [mary] [Virgin Birth]

January 6, 1AM

An article published by Israel Today presents a very interesting story of a Christian woman who credits her miraculous healing to prayers to Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel. Her story was so fascinating that it should be read by people outside of Israel. Th... [jesus] [Messiah] [news]

January 5, 5AM

Image: 3,000 year-old inscription found on a clay jug in Jerusalem Professor Gershon Galil of the University of Haifa sent me a link to an article published in The Times of Israel which gives additional information about the inscription found on a 3,000-y... [Archaeology] [Solomon] [Clay Jub] [Gershon Galil] [Inscription]

January 4, 10AM

The people at Theology Masters blog have put together a list of the Top Fifty Blogs by Theology Professors. It is satisfying to know that my blog was listed at Number 4. Claude Mariottini Professor of Old Testament Northern Baptist SeminaryFiled under: Bl... [blogging]

1AM

David’s adultery with Bathsheba brought untold misery to David and his family. David took Bathsheba and then caused the death of Uriah, her husband. As a result of David’s illicit relationship with Bathsheba, a child was born. When the prophet Nathan ... [2 Samuel] [Bathsheba] [David] [Nathan] [Uriah]

January 3, 1PM

Archaeologists from the University of Cincinnati digging at the ruins of Pompeii discovered that some of its inhabitants dined delicacies such as giraffes: A drain from a central property revealed a richer variety of foods as well as imports from outside ... [Uncategorized]

8AM

Image: Rare cloth found in the Judean Desert Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority Israel Antiquities Authority has reported that archaeologists have discovered some Roman-era cloth that they believe was dyed with the same extracts that produced the color... [Archaeology] [Book of Exodus] [Tabernacle] [Murex Snail Extracts]

1AM

Image: The City of David Archaeological Site Christianity Today has put together a list of the ten most important biblical archaeological discoveries of 2013. Here is the list: 1. The Egyptian Scarab of Khirbet el-Maqatir 2. Jezreel Winepress 3. The Wine ... [Archaeology]

January 2, 9AM

Haaretz is reporting today that an inscription found on a jar dated from the reign of King Solomon contains a reference to cheap wine which was drunk by Solomon’s servants who were conscripted into forced labor in order to work on the many building proj... [Archaeology] [Solomon] [Wine] [Corvee Labor] [Gershon Galil]

1AM

As you I and begin a new year and leave behind the many activities related to the holidays, it becomes necessary to look ahead and make some plans for the year ahead. This new year will be very busy for me, since I will be teaching during the winter, spri... [blogging]

January 1, 5AM

Today is the first day of a new year. As we begin a new year, we must once again remember the words of the writer of Ecclesiastes: “For everything there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NET).... [New Year]

December 31 2013, 11AM

As a professor of Old Testament, a problem I face every year is that many students who come to seminary to prepare themselves for the work of the ministry do not have a basic knowledge of the Bible as Christians of previous generations once had. When semi... [Bible] [Biblical Illiteracy] [bible reading]

December 30, 2PM

  Evangelical Christians in the United States are divided over the issue of spiritual warfare. Although the New Testament exhorts believers not to fall into the “snare of the devil” (1 Timothy 3:7) and to resist the devil, who like “a roaring l... [Demons] [evil] [spiritual warfare] [witches]

December 28, 12 PM

During this Christmas break I have been reading a book by Gerald L. Schroeder, God According to God, the same book I mentioned in a previous post, a book that had taught me much about the God of the Old Testament. Schroeder is a physicist who combines his... [Cain] [Hebrew God] [Gerald Schroeder] [Neanderthals] [Pre-Adamic people]

December 26, 9AM

“On the day when the LORD gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua spoke to the LORD; and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and Moon, in the valley of Aijalon.’ And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until ... [Book of Joshua] [Joshua] [Long Day of Joshua]

December 25, 5AM

When the aged Simeon came to worship in the temple in Jerusalem, he saw a man and a woman dedicate their newborn son to God. There, in the presence of all the people, Simeon took the child in his arms and prayed: “Now, Lord, you may let your servant go ... [Christ] [Christmas] [Messiah]

December 23, 1PM

    It is Christmas Season, a time when people of faith celebrate the birth of Christ. Let us face it, notwithstanding the effort to secularize Christmas and the reason for the holidays, there is no Christmas and no holidays if it were not for t... [Christmas] [Twelve Days of Christmas]

12 PM

Most bloggers who write on Biblical themes, at one time or another will use Hebrew and Greek words in their study of texts from the Old and New Testaments. Also, at times it becomes necessary to use transliteration of Hebrew and Greek words in order to ex... [Biblical Fonts]

December 20, 6AM

Two weeks ago, my blog became part of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. According to Bible Gateway, “Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²) is an international network of independent bloggers who meaningfully blog-and who are serious-about matters relating to ... [blogging] [Bible Gateway]

December 19, 6AM

    Image: Philistine Warriors     Bible History Daily, an online publication of the Biblical Archaeological Society has an interesting article on the Philistine marketplace at Ashkelon. Ashkelon was one of the five cities in the Phili... [Archaeology] [Book of Judges] [Philistines] [Samson] [Ashkelon] [Philistine Marketplace]

December 18, 1AM

I often say to my students that Christians believe in God, but most of them do not know the God in whom they believe. This is most evident when it comes to the God of the Old Testament. The problem is that our knowledge of God comes from reading books, li... [Hebrew God] [God]

December 17, 7AM

This series of studies on the women prophets of the Old Testament deals with a remarkable group of women who exercised the gift of prophecy. Some of the prophetesses of the Old Testament were women endowed with the Spirit of God. Others appear to be false... [Prophetess] [Prophets] [women] [Prophetesses] [Women Prophets]

December 16, 1AM

In a previous post, I wrote that I was finished writing on women prophets in the Old Testament. However, I have decided to write one more post on this subject since the response to these studies on the prophetesses has been very positive. At the end of th... [Prophetess] [Prophets] [women] [Joel 2] [Prophetesses]

December 15, 4PM

According to the Wikipedia, the Great Sphinx of Giza is the oldest known monumental sculpture in the world. It is located on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. A recent snow storm in Egypt partially covered the Sphinx. This is t... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [The Sphinx]

December 13, 10AM

    Pastors who use the Lectionary will study the following passages in December:   December 15, 2013: Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 35:1-10 December 22, 2013: Fourth Sunday of Advent Isaiah 7:10-16 I have written an article that provides e... [Advent] [Book of Isaiah] [Isaiah 11] [Isaiah 2] [Isaiah 35] [Isaiah 7] [Isaiah 9]

December 12, 11AM

  As a professor of Old Testament, a problem I face every year is that many students who come to seminary to prepare themselves for the work of the ministry do not have a basic knowledge of the Bible as Christians of previous generations once had. Wh... [Bible] [Biblical Illiteracy] [bible reading]

December 11, 11AM

  Image: Hittite Sickle Sword Date: 13th Century B.C.   The Sword as a Weapon of War The Bible generally speaks of a sword in the context of war and personal combat. Weapons played an important part in the life of Israel since the nation had to ... [Archaeology] [Swords] [Flaming Sword] [Genesis 3:24] [Weapons]

December 9, 2PM

The three posts listed below deal with the case law described in Deuteronomy 25:11-12: If men get into a fight with one another, and the wife of one intervenes to rescue her husband from the grip of his opponent by reaching out and seizing his genitals, y... [Book of Deuteronomy] [Deuteronomy] [women] [Deuteronomy 25]

December 7, 2PM

Micah was one of the four prophets who preached in the eighth century B.C. The other three prophets who preached during this period were Amos and Hosea, two prophets who preached in the Northern Kingdom, and Isaiah, who preached in the Southern Kingdom. M... [Book of Micah] [Micah] [Micah. Book of Micah]

December 6, 1PM

DigitalGlobe has released a collection of the top images of planet Earth in 2013. These are great images of planet Earth taken from space. It is worth seeing them. The image below is the Citadel of Aleppo, a medieval fortified palace in Syria. Picture sou... [planet earth]

1AM

The Book of Malachi is small but important. This prophet spoke at a time when the people were unhappy with their condition, and ministered to a community that was spiritually disappointed and had practically lost faith in God (1:2). The people of Israel h... [Book of Malachi] [Malachi] [Prophets]

December 5, 1PM

When it comes to naming baby boys, the Bible is a good source for most parents. Babycenter.com has published a list of the 100 most popular baby names in 2013. The data for this information came from more than half a million parents who shared their baby... [Biblical Names]

December 4, 12 PM

The Egyptian Museum, which has preserved all the treasures of the ancient Pharaohs of Egypt and which has served as a repository of the cultural traditions of a great civilization, has been vandalized as a result of the 2011 uprising that brought down the... [Archaeology] [Egypt] [Egyptian Museum]

December 3, 12 PM

When we read the Old Testament today, we seek to understand its message in light of God’s mission in the world. We also seek to understand what God was saying to Israel and how that message speaks to us today. The message of the Old Testament was expres... [1 Kings] [Solomon] [Translation Problems] [Book of Kings] [Kings 10] [Ophir] [Peacocks] [Tarshish]

December 2, 3PM

In my post Miriam the Prophetess, I wrote that the three daughters of Heman, the seer and one of the Levitical leaders selected by David to be in charge of temple music, were prophets in the same ways that his sons were prophets. This view is based on the... [1 Chronicles] [Prophetess] [Prophets] [women] [1 Chronicles 25] [complementarian] [Egalitarians] [music] [Prophetesses] [Women Prophets]

December 1, 4PM

Mitch Chase, at Soli Deo Gloria, has posted the Biblical Carnival for November 2013. Mitch has put together a great collection of posts written by bibliobloggers during the month of November. Visit Mitch’s blog. I can assure you that you will find sever... [Biblical Carnival]

November 30, 6AM

The book of Hosea is the first book in the collection of biblical books known as “The Minor Prophets.” Hosea was the son of Beeri and preached in the Northern Kingdom in the eighth century B.C. His message was addressed to the people of Israel condemn... [Book of Hosea] [Hosea]

November 29, 1PM

An Ancient Village in Israel Euronews is reporting that archeologists in Israel have discovered a site in Israel that is 10,000 years old. Archaeologists have discovered stone knives, pottery, and a large stone that was probably part of a cultic center at... [Archaeology] [Ancient Village] [israel]

November 28, 1AM

Psalm 107:1-2 begins with a beautiful reason to be thankful to God: “O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so.” On this day of Thanksgiving, we bow our heads in thankful pra... [Thanksgiving]

November 25, 2PM

The prophets in the Old Testament served as intermediaries whose function was to communicate God’s message to God’s people. Although most prophets were men, several women are also called prophets in the Old Testament. These women were called by God to... [Prophetess] [Prophets] [women] [Deborah] [Huldah] [Miriam] [Noadiah] [Women Prophets]

10AM

Photo: Wine Jar from Tel Kabri Credit: Eric H. Cline/George Washington University Archaeologists digging in the ruins of Tel Kabri have discovered a wine cellar where the ancient Canaanite inhabitants of the city stored about 3,000 bottles of wine. Tel Ka... [Archaeology] [Tel Kabri] [Wine Cellar]

November 20, 3PM

Watch this magnificent view of Jerusalem (click on the link below). National Geographic is presenting a movie on Jerusalem that will be shown on IMAX. If possible, view the preview on full screen mode. Jerusalem on IMAX. Claude Mariottini Professor of Old... [Jerusalem] [video]

1PM

News from Archaeology (Via JNS.com) For decades archaeologists have been searching for evidence to support the hypothesis that Shiloh served as a religious center in ancient times. Now, a stone altar dated to the Iron Age—the period of Israelite kings... [Archaeology] [Ark of the Covenant] [Shiloh]

November 19, 1AM

Today I conclude my studies on women prophets in the Old Testament. A list of all posts on this series is found at the end of this post. In these studies we discovered that God calls both men and women to the prophetic ministry. In fact, the Hebrew word f... [Prophetess] [Prophets] [women] [Spirit of God]

November 15, 1AM

Image:  Miriam – Anselm Feuerbach (1829–1880) Credit: Wikipedia Today I continue my series of studies on the women prophets in the Old Testament. At the end of this post I provide a list of previous posts dealing with the women prophets in the He... [Book of Exodus] [Miriam] [Prophetess] [women] [Song of Miriam] [Women Prophets]

November 14, 1AM

Image: The James Ossuary The James Ossuary has been the focus of a controversy that has lasted for more than a decade. An ossuary is a limestone container that is used to preserve the bones of a dead person. The reason the James Ossuary is important to ar... [Archaeology] [James Ossuary] [Oded Golan]

November 12, 1AM

As most of you know, my blog has been down for several days because of a vicious script inserted on the theme of my old blog that, without my consent, was promoting some blue pills from a pharmacy in Canada. For the past three weeks I have been working wi... [blogging]

October 20, 6PM

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  как проходит опись имущества выписал доверенность на управление автомобилем проблемы северные надбавки для молодежи до 30 лет во время... [blogging]
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This is only a test. This post is part of the maintenance of the blog. As I have notified you before in a previous post, my blog has been hacked again and it has been causing problems for people who read my posts on a reader, such as Feedly. Thus, I have ... [blogging]
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This is only a test. This post is part of the maintenance of the blog. As I have notified you before in a previous post, my blog has been hacked again and it has been causing problems for people who read my posts on a reader, such as Feedly. Thus, I have ... [blogging]

October 19, 9AM

As I have notified you before in a previous post, my blog has been hacked again and it has been causing problems for people who read my posts on a reader, such as Feedly. как проходит опись имущества выписал доверен... [blogging] [blog]

October 17, 12 PM

The Walk Free Foundation has released The Global Slavery Index 2013. The Index provides an estimate of the number of people living as slaves in the twenty-first century. The Index lists 162 countries around the world where some form modern slavery exists ... [slavery] [slaves] [Global Slavery Index] [human dignity] [Human Trafficking] [Involuntary Servitude.] [Walk Free Foundation]

October 16, 9AM

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October 15, 9AM

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October 14, 12 PM

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October 9, 7AM

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October 8, 10AM

The Daily Mail, a British newspaper, is at the center of a political controversy for calling Ralph Miliband, the father of Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour Party, “The Man Who Hated Britain.” generic cialis generic cialis cialis cialis viagra via... [Deuteronomy] [Hebrew God] [Richard Dawkins] [Genocide]

October 7, 12 AM

In previous posts, I studied all the women prophets whose names appear in the Old Testament. In today’s post, I propose to study a group of nameless women prophets whose work is mentioned in the book of Ezekiel. This is what the prophet has to say about... [Book of Ezekiel] [Ezekiel] [Prophetess] [Prophets] [women] [False Prophets]

October 4, 11AM

Amos was one of the greatest prophets of ancient Israel. He was a shepherd from Tekoa, a small town in Judah, located about ten miles south of Jerusalem. Amos was called by God to proclaim a message of judgment to the people who lived in the Northern King... [Amos] [Book of Amos] [Prophets]

October 1, 11AM

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September 30, 7AM

In previous posts on the women prophets in the Old Testament, I have discussed Deborah, Isaiah’s wife, and Huldah. Today I will study Noadiah, the prophetess. Most people who read the Bible are not familiar with Noadiah. The reason is that she is mentio... [Book of Nehemiah] [Nehemiah] [Noadiah] [Prophetess] [Prophets] [women] [False Prophets] [Women Prophets]

September 24, 1PM

For the past few weeks I have been writing a series of posts on the women prophets in the Old Testament. The list of posts on these amazing Old Testament women is given below. generic cialis generic cialis cialis cialis viagra viagra buy levitra buy levit... [Deborah] [Huldah] [Prophetess] [women] [Patriarchy] [Women Prophets]

September 23, 12 AM

My recent post on “God’s Wife” provoked strong feelings in a few readers. One reader believed that the information about Israel’s monotheism was a view proposed by liberal scholars to destroy the idea that ancient Israel was a monotheistic religio... [Asherah] [Dacalogue] [Deutero-Isaiah] [Ten Commandments] [idolatry] [Monotheism]

September 19, 12 AM

The magazine Archaeology has a beautiful picture of the mosaic depicting Samson carrying the gate of Gaza on his shoulder. cialis online cialis online cialis cialis levitra levitra generic cialis generic cialis levitra levitra levitra levitra levitra and ... [Archaeology] [Samson]

September 18, 8AM

A recent article published in Haaretz discussed the issue of monotheism and whether ancient Israelites believed that the Canaanite goddess Asherah was God’s wife. cialis online cialis online cialis cialis levitra levitra generic cialis generic cialis le... [Archaeology] [Asherah] [Canaanites] [Monotheism] [Yahweh] [Julia Fridman] [Kuntillet Ajrud]

September 17, 9AM

In my previous post on Huldah, I discussed the reasons Josiah sent a delegation to consult the prophetess Huldah about the authenticity of the book of the law found during the reparation of the temple. cialis online cialis online cialis cialis levitra lev... [2 Kings] [Book of Kings] [Huldah] [Prophetess] [Prophets] [Josiah] [Women Prophets]

September 11, 12 AM

Today was the last day of our annual faculty retreat. Every year, the faculty of Northern Baptist Seminary comes together for two days of spiritual renewal and planning for the upcoming academic year. Because we are in the quarter system, our classes begi... [Northern Baptist Seminary]

September 4, 12 AM

Abraham, the father of Isaac will go on trial at the Beth El Congregation in Akron, Ohio. The charges: attempted murder, child endangering, and conspiracy to commit murder. The trial will be presided over by retired Summit County Judge Marvin Shapiro. Att... [Abraham] [Akedah] [Book of Genesis] [child sacrifice] [Genesis 22]

September 3, 5PM

In article published today in Haaretz (Wednesday in Israel) says that the copper mines at Timna reached their prime during the reign of King Solomon. picture of mucous cysr on gums picture of mucous cysr on gums girl moan soundboard girl moan soundbo... [Archaeology] [Solomon] [Timna]

September 2, 12 AM

As I have demonstrated in my previous post on the female prophets in Israel (see below, there are only five women who are called prophetesses in the Hebrew Bible. In other cultures of the ancient Near East, however, the situation is different. In his stud... [2 Kings] [Book of 2 Kings] [Huldah] [Josiah] [Prophetess] [women] [2 Kings 22]

September 1, 2PM

Brian LePort, at Near Emmaus, has posted the Biblical Studies Carnival for August 2013. The Biblical Studies Carnival is a collection of the best posts published by Bibliobloggers during the month of August. picture of mucous cysr on gums picture of muco... [Biblical Carnival] [Biblical Studies Carnival]

August 31, 12 PM

The civil war in Syria has caused untold misery in the lives of thousands of people. The civil war in Syria began in March 2011 when people unhappy with President Bashar al-Assad and his government began a demonstration trying to overthrow Assad and the l... [Book of Isaiah] [Isaiah] [ARAM] [Parousia] [second coming] [Syria]

August 23, 8AM

In a recent post titled “Women Prophets in the Hebrew Bible,” I wrote the following statement about Isaiah’s wife: The fourth woman known as a prophetess in Israel was Isaiah’s wife: “And I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and b... [Book of Isaiah] [Hebrew Bible] [Prophetess] [women] [Deborah] [Huldah] [Isaiah’s Wife] [Miriam] [Noadiah]

August 20, 1PM

    Image: The Jehoash Inscription     A court in Israel is expected to rule on a case that has attracted much attention in the archaeological world: the fate of the James Ossuary and the fate of the Jehoash Tablet. Below is a descript... [Archaeology] [Jehoash Inscription] [Archaeological Forgery] [James Ossuary] [Jehoash Tablet]

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The ancient city of Ugarit was located on the north coast of the Mediterranean Sea, in a place known today by its Arabic name Ras Shamra. Because Ugarit was an international harbor, the city had a complex culture, with many languages and ethnic traditions... [Archaeology] [Canaanites] [Baal] [Ugarit] [Ugaritic]

August 19, 12 AM

Robert J. Morgan, an author who wrote several books dealing with the stories behind favorite church hymns, has a good article on church music. In his article he discusses the use of hymns and praise songs in church. Morgan believes that Christians should ... [music] [hymns] [Praise Songs] [Robert J. Morgan]
Today I begin a series of studies on the life of Huldah, the prophetess. The role of Huldah in the religious reforms of Josiah, king of Judah, is unique. Although the king could have sent an embassy to consult Jeremiah, Zephaniah, or Nahum, the prophets w... [Deborah] [Hebrew Bible] [Huldah] [Miriam] [Noadiah] [Prophetess] [Prophets] [women] [Prophetesses]

August 8, 1AM

A recent article published in The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky called my attention because of a misinterpretation of a very controversial statement in the Old Testament. Below is an excerpt from the article and the quote that called my attentio... [Dacalogue] [Ten Commandments] [Death Penalty] [Decalogue] [Lex Talionis] [Sixth Commandment]

August 7, 10AM

The Random House Dictionary of the English Language defines parataxis as follows: “The placing together of sentences, clauses, or phrases without a conjunctive word.” The dictionary provides a classical example of parataxis: “I came—I saw—I conq... [Book of Genesis] [Constance Hale] [Genesis] [Parataxis]

August 1, 11AM

    Archaeologists working at a church in Turkey claim that they have discovered the remains of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Below is an excerpt from the article detailing the findings: Archeologists conducting excavations at the site... [Archaeology] [Cross]

July 31, 2PM

Photo: The Ophel Inscription   According to archeologists, a 3,000-year-old text found in Jerusalem, may be dated to the 10th century B.C. Below is an excerpt from a news report detailing the significance of the inscription, which has been called “... [Archaeology] [David] [Jerusalem] [Ophel Inscription]

July 30, 8AM

Christopher A. Rollston, Visiting Professor of Northwest Semitic Languages and Literature at George Washington University, has a very interesting article on national theodicy titled “‘We’re Bad and God’s Mad’: Epigraphic Windows into Ancient Isr... [Archaeology] [Theodicy] [Cyrus Cylinder] [Mesha Stela] [National Theodicy]

July 29, 3PM

My new book, Rereading the Biblical Text: Searching for Meaning and Understanding, was published recently. Below is a description of the content of the book as it appears on the back cover of the book:               &nb... [Book Reviews] [Bible Studies] [Old Testament Studies] [Rereading the Biblical Text]

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Today I conclude my study of the gender of God. My previous posts on this topic are listed at the end of this post. My purpose today is to summarize the discussion and present some conclusions about the gender of God. Biblical religion is based on the rev... [Deutero-Isaiah] [Hebrew God] [Metaphors] [Feminine Imagery] [Gender of God] [goddess]

July 25, 3PM

I have added the review of the book Authority by Antonius H. J. Gunneweg and Walter Schmithals to my page on book reviews. The review was published in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly  46 (1984): 753-754. The following is an excerpt from the review: Autho... [Book Reviews] [authority] [book review]

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Image: The Elisha Inscription (via Duane Smith) According to a recent report, archaeologists have discovered the remains of a house that probably was the house where the prophet Elisha lived. The Bible says that the prophet Elisha was the son of Shaphat a... [Archaeology] [Abel-meholah] [Elisha] [Son of Nimshi] [Tel Rehov]

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Robert Jewett wrote the commentary on Romans for the Hermeneia series which was published in 2007. This commentary has become a classic exposition of Romans. The commentary is almost 1200 pages long and it took Jewett a quarter-century to write the commen... [Book Reviews] [Robert Jewett] [Romans]

July 24, 1AM

Most Christians are troubled by some of the laws found in the Pentateuch, the five books of Moses. Thus, when reading the laws in the Torah, Christians take different approaches in dealing with the laws of the Old Testament. Some Christians take the laws ... [Book of Leviticus] [Hebrew Bible] [Law] [Torah]

July 23, 8AM

The July-August cover story of Christianity Today deals with the topic “Grappling with the God of Two Testaments.” One of the articles in the issue is by Christopher J. H. Wright titled “Learning to Love Leviticus.” The article contains a sidebar ... [Book of Leviticus] [Christopher Wright] [Leviticus] [Sex]

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  Image: Khirbet Qeiyafa Two Israeli archaeologists, Yossi Garfinkel, a professor at Hebrew University and Saar Ganor, an archaeologist with Israel’s Antiquities Authority, have announced that they have discovered a fortification complex that is da... [Archaeology] [David] [Khirbet Qeiyafa] [Saar Ganor] [Yossi Garfinkel]

July 22, 10AM

The following is an obituary announcing the death of John D. W. Watts: John Drayton Williams Watts (b. August 9, 1921) passed away July 21, 2013, in Penney Farms, Florida. A native of Laurens, South Carolina, he spent his childhood in Palestine with his m... [obituary] [John Watts]

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Today I want to continue my study on the gender of God. One reason some theologians are calling for the use of feminine language to address the God of the Bible is the view that ancient Israel worshiped a goddess alongside Yahweh. According to this view, ... [Archaeology] [Asherah] [Canaanites] [Hebrew God] [The Queen of Heaven] [goddess] [Hebrew Bible] [Queen of Heaven] [William Dever]

July 20, 1PM

Simcha Jacobovici, the filmmaker known as “The Naked Archaeologist,” is suing Joe Zias, a retired archaeologist from the Israel Antiquities Authority for $1 million. Zias has accused Jacobovici of using the Bible to deceive the public in order to make... [Archaeology] [simcha jacobovici] [Daniel Estrin] [Joe Zias]

July 15, 7AM

In two previous posts, I discussed how the Bible uses language to present the God of the Old Testament with feminine characteristics. In the first post, “Feminine Imagery for God,” I discussed several passages in which the biblical writers used langua... [Hebrew Bible] [Hebrew God] [Metaphors] [Patriarchy] [Gender of God] [God as mother]

July 9, 12 PM

Archaeologists have made an interesting discovery at Hazor, one of the most important Canaanite cities conquered by Joshua (Joshua 11:1-13). According to the book of Joshua, “Hazor was the head of all those kingdoms” (Joshua 11:10). This description o... [Archaeology] [Hazor] [Amnon Ben-Tor] [King Mycerinus] [Sharon Zuckerman] [Sphinx]

July 2, 1PM

In a previous post, I discussed the practice of allegorizing the Bible. The practice of allegorizing is common in many pulpits today and it raised its ugly head recently when I was involved in a dialogue with a reader from another blog who claimed that al... [Allegory] [Augustin] [Emil Brunner] [origen] [Parables. A. M. Hunter] [tertullian]

July 1, 9AM

Chris Date, who blogs at Rethinking Hell, asked me to write a post on the existence of the passive Qal in the Hebrew Bible. The post, “The Passive Qal and Other Issues,” can be read here. My post was written as a rejoinder to a discussion between Dr. ... [Book of Isaiah] [Passive Qal] [Isaiah 66:24]

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The Chronicle of Higher Education today has an article on William Lane Craig that I believe should be read by a wider audience. The article was written by Nathan Schneider, author of the book, God in Proof: The Story of a Search From the Ancients to the I... [atheism] [atheists] [Nathan Schneider] [sam harris] [William Craig Lane]

June 26, 11PM

The biblical writers believed that God was beyond human limitations, and yet they refer to him in words that denote both male and female roles. Although God transcends sexuality, male terminology abounds when describing God’s actions and character. Howe... [Book of Isaiah] [Deutero-Isaiah] [Hebrew God] [Metaphors] [Feminine Imagery] [Maternal Language]

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My friend and colleague Scot McKight wrote a post today, “Let the Bible be the Bible,” in his blog Jesus Creed in which he comments on my interpretation of Genesis 2:19. Scot wrote: Sometimes what we want the Bible to be what it is not so we make the ... [Bible] [Book of Genesis] [exegesis] [Translating] [Translation Problems] [Genesis 2] [Interpretation] [Scot McKnight]

June 25, 1AM

SAME DAY payday loans Whenever archaeologists dig on a site in Israel, they will find many remains left behind by the people who lived thousands of years ago. Among the remains found in archaeological digs are human remains, bones, and skulls of people w... [Archaeology] [simcha jacobovici] [Israel Hershkovitz] [Joe Zias] [Victoria Lywood]

June 24, 1AM

Although the Old Testament portrays God with language that reflects male role models, such as a father (Mal 1:6), a king (Psalm 97:1), or a man of war (Exod 15:3), the biblical writers also used language that describes God in traditional female roles.SAME... [Book of Deuteronomy] [Hebrew God] [Metaphors] [Adam] [Deuteronomy 32] [Feminine Imagery] [God as mother] [Hosea 11] [Numbers 11]

June 17, 1AM

As some of you have noticed, my blog today looks different. For the past week or so, I have been facing a problem that can become a disaster, if it is not fixed correctly. Let me explain. In April of this year, the company that hosts my Internet domain se... [blogging] [blog] [blogs]

June 12, 10AM

“You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain” (Deut 25:4 NRSV).fast cash advance for every one This Deuteronomic law was designed to help Israel acknowledge that life, even animal life, was precious to God and should be treated with... [Allegory] [Book of Deuteronomy] [exegesis] [Typology] [1 Corinthians 9:9] [Apostle Paul] [Deuteronomy 24:5] [Emil Brunner] [Interpretation] [qal wahomer] [The Muzzling of an Ox] [Typology. Allegory]

June 10, 1AM

The biblical narrative of Cain and Abel is well known among students of the Bible and continues to captivate the imagination of those who seek to understand the issues related to the story of these two brothers, a story that involves mystery, murder, and ... [Abel] [Book of Genesis] [Cain] [Hebrew Bible] [Genesis 4]

June 1, 11AM

My new book, Rereading the Biblical Text: Searching for Meaning and Understanding, became available on May 1st. Below is a description of the content of the book as it appears on the back cover of the book:small http://cashadvance2cnls.com    ... [Uncategorized]

May 30, 8AM

Psalm 14 begins with a very strong declaration: “Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1).fast payday loan In a recent op-ed guest column that appeared in The New York Times, “Belief Is the Least Part of Faith,” T. M. Luhrma... [agnosticism] [atheism] [Hebrew God] [Belief in God] [Emile Durkheim] [Neo-atheism] [T. M. Luhrmann] [Via Eminentiae] [Via Negativa]

May 20, 4AM

Depression is a psychological disorder that affects a person’s thoughts, moods, feelings, behavior, and physical health. People used to think it was “all in your head” and that if you really tried, you could “pull yourself out of it.” Today doct... [1 Kings] [depression] [Elijah] [Jezebel] [1 Kings 18] [1 Kings 19]

May 7, 6AM

Shechem was an important city in Canaan. The city was in existence many years before the Israelites conquered the land.secured payday loans online When Abraham left Haran to come to the land of Canaan, he traveled the land as far as Shechem. In Shechem, ... [Abraham] [Archaeology] [Shechem] [Jacob]

May 6, 5AM

“O daughter Babylon, you devastator! Blessed shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us!  Blessed shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!” (Psalm 137:8-9) Psalm 137 has caused many uneasy feelings among be... [Book of Psalms] [Deutero-Isaiah] [Exile] [Babylon] [Psalm 137]

May 4, 8AM

James Taranto writes a column titled “Best of the Web Today” that appears daily in the Wall Street Journal. His column deals with political analyses, reviews, and criticism of articles and new stories published on the Web around the world. I enjoy rea... [news] [Genesis] [James Tarant] [Joanne Chesimard]

May 3, 11AM

The Church of Scotland has published a report titled “The Inheritance of Abraham? A Report on the ‘Promised Land’” in which the church declares that the land of Palestine does not belong to the Jewish people. In Genesis 12:7, the Lord told Abraham... [Abraham] [Palestinians] [promised land] [Church of England] [Promise Land]

May 2, 8AM

Today, May 2, is the National Day of Prayer. To commemorate this special day in which people of faith acknowledge the importance of prayer in their lives, The New York Times (of all places) has an Op-Ed contribution by T. M. Luhrmann in which he writes ab... [Prayer] [T. M. Luhrmann]

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The Associated Press has published an interesting article on “The Gabriel Stone.”  This stone contains ancient Hebrew writing that mentions the archangel Gabriel. According to one interpretation of this mysterious writing, the text reflects first mil... [Archaeology] [The Gabriel Stone]

April 30, 7AM

Most people who work with the Hebrew Bible are familiar with Robert Alter. Alter is a literary scholar who has written many influential books, one of which, The Art of Biblical Narrative, has been very influential in helping scholars study the literary te... [Robert Alter] [Translating] [Translation Problems] [Former Prophets] [Translation of the Bible]

April 29, 4AM

The book of Isaiah is one of the most complex books of the Old Testament. Most scholars agree that the book of Isaiah contains material covering different historical periods in the history of Israel. Isaiah 1-39 contains oracles that reflect the time of t... [Book of Isaiah] [Deutero-Isaiah] [Servant of the Lord] [Isaiah] [Servant of Yahweh]
Today I return to blogging on a regular basis. I have said the same thing several times before, only to stop blogging for a while. But, this time I am committed to post with some regularity, even though I may not post every day. Academic life can be very ... [blogging]

January 31, 2AM

My article, “The Geographical Challenges of the Sinai” has been posted on my web page. The article was published in the Summer 2006 issue of the Biblical Illustrator. Below is an excerpt from the article: After the Israelites left Egypt and crossed th... [Archaeology] [Exodus] [Moses] [Mt. Sinai] [Sinai]

January 2, 10AM

Perfumed unguents or salves of various kinds used as cosmetics, medicine, and in religious ceremonies. The use of ointments and perfumes appears to have been a common practice in the Ancient Near East, including the Hebrews. Terminology. The Old Testament... [Hebrew Bible] [Ointnment] [Olive Oil] [Perfume]

December 31 2011, 1PM

According to a report published in The Jerusalem Post, several ancient Jewish scrolls were found in a cave in Afghanistan.  Below is an excerpt from the report: One scroll, whose replica was shown to the cameras, is apparently a dirge written for an impo... [Archaeology] [Ancient Jewish Scrolls] [Ehud Yeari] [Geniza] [Haggai Ben-Shammai] [Shmuel Bar Yosef]

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My article on “Sword,” published in the Holman Bible Dictionary, is available online. Below is an excerpt from the article. Close-range weapon. The Hebrew word chereb and the Greek word machaira designate either a dagger or a sword. The Hebrew word al... [Archaeology] [Hebrew Knives] [Hebrew Weapons] [sword]

December 30, 1PM

As I have announced before, my blog has moved to my revamped web page.  There are many people who read my blog regularly.  Many readers subscribe to my blog and receive my posts by email.  Others subscribe to the RSS feed and receive all my posts. Howe... [blogging]

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It was the formation of the State of Israel in 1948 and the results of the seven-day war that gave rise to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. The conflict has been exacerbated by the historical revisionism of a group of scholars known as ... [Ancient Israel] [Judaism] [Edward Said] [Invented People] [israel] [Keith Whitelam] [Palestinians] [Rashid Khalidi] [Shlomo Sand]