Monthly Archives: December 2016

 year-end reflection after about six years of blogging

What interests me is the foundations of the Judeo-Christian tradition.  The claim that the God the Israelites called YHWH revealed himself to them and made them his people draws me to the Hebrew Scriptures.  The claim that this God further … Continue reading

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Mead-the mother of meaning

Each year around Christmas it has become my habit to read something from Walter Russell Mead’s Yule Blog. Mead usually writes about politics, especially geopolitics. But he is a Christian. And each year he reflects about the meaning of Christmas. … Continue reading

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Another suggestion about Khirbet Qeiyafa

The problem about the Elah Valley fortress Yosef Garfinkel has excavated at Khirbet Qeiyafa is that the people of Israel and Judah were still very close to their hill country village phase. Thus it is unexpected that they would build … Continue reading

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More on David

I wrapped up my consideration of Joel Baden’s The Historical David.  But I am still thinking about David’s career.  One way of thinking about David is that the Bible uses him as a bad example and as part of the … Continue reading

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Christmas Letter-2016

For unto us a child is born. . . Isaiah 9:6 (and Handel’s Messiah) 2016 news from the Corders Children and grandchildren: Connor turned 8 in August.  This year he has taken up gymnastics, and he is getting better all … Continue reading

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Baden-the broken hallelujah

In the conclusion to Joel Baden’s The Historical David, he notes that the story of the end of David’s life and the installation of Solomon as king is not an apology for David. David appears weak and old.  This last … Continue reading

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Baden-how Solomon became king

The main difference between my view of the story of David in the books of Samuel and Joel Baden’s (in The Historical David: The  Real Life of and Invented Hero) has to do with the idea of literary creativity and … Continue reading

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