Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ancient weapons

A few years ago I read a novel about Alexander the Great.  It was an alternative history novel.  Aristotle, who really was Alexander’s mentor, in this book invented all kinds of ahead-of-its-time weaponry.  I particularly remember submarines and depth charges. I … Continue reading

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Fredriksen-Paul and Paganism

I have interacted with theology as a preacher and someone involved in Christian thought, but I think more like a historian.  As I often say, theology makes my head hurt. So when I come to this problem of the new … Continue reading

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Lipovsky and the Mountain of God

I have taken this week off from blogging.  I have traveled to attend my grandson’s gymnastic tournament and worked on pulling everything together for my taxes. But I want to return to something from the series of posts I did … Continue reading

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Adam Zertal’s sandal sites

Archeologists Yoram Tsafrir and Adam Zertal both died in 2015.  There is a tribute to them in the new issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (March/April 2016, Vol 42, NO. 2).  An interesting thing about both men is that they had … Continue reading

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Lipovsky-evaluation

I have finished reading Igor Lipovsky’s Early Israelites: Two People, One History. One thing had been nagging at the back of my mind about Lipovsky’s notion that Moses sought permission from Pharaoh to make a pilgrimage to a Western Semite … Continue reading

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Lipovsky-interesting speculations

Today I point out a couple of the more thought-provoking ideas I have come across while reading Igor Lipovsky’s Early Israelites. One of the complications of Lipovsky’s theory is that at whatever point the battle described in the Song of … Continue reading

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Lipovsky-prelude to the conquest

I continue to read Igor Lipovsky’s Early Isrealites.  It has dawned on me that, although he published it in 2012, it is a translation from Russian.  I venture to guess that Lipovsky wrote it in the late 1990s. His major thesis … Continue reading

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