Monthly Archives: February 2014

Milgrom-my problem with the P source

I am going to pause here in my reading of Jacob Milgrom’s Leviticus to articulate a problem I see in his exposition so far. He has used the documentary hypothesis to cull out the priestly stratum in Genesis and he … Continue reading

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Milgrom-the reasons for sacrifice

When I last posted about Jacob Milgrom’s Leviticus, I mentioned two priestly symbolic systems that lie behind the biblical book of Leviticus.  That post dealt with the purity system.  The other symbolic system was the sacrificial system. Sacrifices, including blood … Continue reading

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Milgrom-P is for purity

I am still in the introduction to Jacob Milgrom’s Leviticus.   Christians and other Gentiles may ignore Leviticus because everything there seems to apply only to Israel.  But Milgrom puts the book in a more universal context.  If you look at … Continue reading

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Milgrom-Then YHWH spoke to Moses

I have begun reading Jacob Milgrom’s Leviticus (Continental Commentary). Over and over again throughout Leviticus, the statement that YHWH spoke to Moses recurs. Now there are overwhelming arguments that the historical figure, Moses, did not personally compose Leviticus.  Yet the … Continue reading

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Milgrom-Leviticus

I have started reading Jacob Milgrom’s one volume commentary on Leviticus.  He has a three volume set in the Anchor series.  This is in the Continental series. In the preface he tells a funny story.  Milgrom is Jewish.  He was … Continue reading

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What would Jesus do…politically?

Last week Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, a professor in Texas and contributor at MSNBC, said that the ACA (Obamacare) is the answer to the question of what Jesus would do. Robert Chao Romero, a professor a UCLA who is also somehow … Continue reading

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Somebody thinks they have found Sodom

Here is a link to an article in Christianity Today, an evangelical journal.  The article says that an archeologist named Steven Collins claims to have found the site of Sodom.  The place being excavated is in Jordan and is called … Continue reading

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Dodson-sunset and afterglow

  I have read the final chapter of Aidan Dodson’s Amarna Sunset. Summary On the surface it looks like the religious revolution of King Ak was stamped out by the end of the 14th century.  But if you look a … Continue reading

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Dodson-Ay and Horemheb

I am nearing the end of Aidan Dodson’s Amarna Sunset. Summary: From what we can make out from a fragmentary letter in the Hittite document depository it seems that Ay, the new Pharaoh, denied sending a hit man to intercept King Shupp’s son … Continue reading

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Dodson-a funeral and the new pharaoh

This is another post about Aidan Dodson’s Amarna Sunset Summary: The fourth fact behind Dodson’s reconstruction is that the record of King Ak’s reign and reform gets largely erased.  At least somebody tried hard to erase it.  Dodson argues that … Continue reading

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