Monthly Archives: July 2017

The genetic archeology of Lebanon

There are different ways to explore the past.  We have some ancient texts.  We have dug up pots and the remains of buildings.  We even have mummies and other human remains.  More recently we have tried to date sites by … Continue reading

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Na’amen-the palace library as source for David’s story

I have read some books about King David.  Some of them treat him as an elusive historical figure.  Some treat him more as a literary invention. This has caused me to focus on the question of where the composers of … Continue reading

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Wright-invented or shaped?

Today I am looking back on my reading of Jacob L. Wright’s David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory.  Often we are tempted to avoid books we know we are going to disagree with.  Early on I knew … Continue reading

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Wright- a question addressed to his silence

I read Jacob L. Wright’s David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory to the end. Today I want to comment about something he does not talk about. Wright’s theory is that Hebron remained the capital of Judah until … Continue reading

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Wright-the David-Caleb rivalry through time

The stories of Caleb and David come together in the story of Nabal and Abigail in 1 Samuel 25.  Nabal is a wealthy Calebite, perhaps their chief.  And David brings the Calebites into Judah as a result of the death … Continue reading

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Wright-layering Caleb’s cake

In David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory, Jacob L. Wright sees the biblical text as like a layer cake.  It is not the product of someone stitching together fully developed narrative sources like the documentary theory claimed … Continue reading

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Wright-Caleb, Edom, and the Exile

Jacob L. Wright spent the first ten chapters of his David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory exploring what he sees as the literary construction of the David narrative.  He especially emphasized that many of the stories were … Continue reading

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