Monthly Archives: May 2016

Cline-gifts and marriage proposals in the 14th century

After a week of interruptions, I am back to writing about Eric H. Cline’s book, 1177 B.C., the Year Civilization Collapsed, .  One day I provided taxi service to a doctor’s appointment. One morning I attended a funeral.  Sunday I filled in to lead … Continue reading

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Cline-15th century globalism

In order to show how civilization collapsed in the 12th century before Christ, Eric Cline in 1177 B.C. the Year Civilization Collapsed, goes back to earlier centuries to show what civilization existed before the collapse.  He does this by recounting … Continue reading

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Cline-a perfect storm

The book I am reading has the title 1177 BC: the Year Civilization Collapsed. It is by Eric H. Cline. His choice of 1177 as the crucial year could be contested. But in the 8th year of the reign of … Continue reading

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The mystery of the late Bronze Age collapse

Around 1200 B.C.E. there took place a series of events that we call the late Bronze Age collapse.  All around the east end of the Mediterranean city states and empires fell or got pushed back. Previously the Hittite Empire held  sway … Continue reading

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Carr-implications

Some implications of David M. Carr’s approach to the Bible as a text in continuity with other ancient long-duration texts get drawn out in his conclusion to Writing on the Tablet of the Heart. Before mentioning some of those implications … Continue reading

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Carr-oral to text with rabbis and evangelists

I am close to the end of David M. Carr’s Writing on the Tablet of the Heart. He has covered a lot of territory, from Babylonian, Egyptian and Greek scribal culture through the evidence for the beginnings of writing in Israel, … Continue reading

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Carr-synagogue, scripture and the Hasmonean spin

David M. Carr has a chapter in Writing on the Tablet of the Heart about the broadening of textuality in late second Temple Judaism due to the synagogue.   Philo, Josephus,  4 Ezra, and New Testament all testify to importance of the synagogue … Continue reading

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