Monthly Archives: October 2018

Soulen-Irenaeus and the wrong turn

In The God of Israel and Christian Theology, R. Kendall Soulen often talks about “the standard canonical narrative.” This is the way Christian thinkers have told the biblical story since the second century. Soulen thinks this standard narrative is flawed. … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Theology | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Soulen-Jews and Christians beyond PC

I am re-reading R. Kendall Soulen’s The God of Israel and Christian Theology. Soulen makes four preliminary points to his alternative to replacement theology. First, he says that the motive for opposing such theology must have to do with theological … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Theology | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Soulen-Israel’s God for Christians

A book I read more than a decade ago has had a profound influence on me. It is R. Kendall Soulen’s The God of Israel and Christian Theology. However, I loaned my copy to somebody or somehow left it behind … Continue reading

Posted in Theology | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

An interesting dig that does not yet prove anything

In the last few weeks I have seen a proliferation of articles in the popular Christian press suggesting that new evidence of the exodus may have been found. See here, here and here. So I looked for the sources of … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Israel | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Were Rachel and Leah married to the same man?

Rachel means ewe and Leah means cow. There have been jokes about how Leah’s name reflected on her attractiveness. There might be something there. In the story Jacob is much more attracted to Rachel. But the story is the product … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel, Genesis | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gary Rendsburg and the sons of Jacob

Gary Rendsburg is a scholar of Hebrew linguistics who collaborated with Cyrus H. Gordon on a book in the 1990s, The Bible and the Ancient Near East. (Gordon is an enigma. He was brilliant. He worked in the army as … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Israel, Bible | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Allison-God over wishful thinking

I have read Dale Allison’s Night Comes: Death, Imagination, and the Last Things. There are three aspects of his book that he mentions right at the end. The first is historical. At various places he has surveyed what Jews and … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Egypt, Bible, Theology | Tagged , | 1 Comment