Monthly Archives: November 2018

Millgram-Elijah resigns

I have been doubtful about the historicity of the events in the Elijah cycle. The feats and wonder-working remind me of the Samson cycle in Judges. It is not that Samson never existed. One likely theory is that his stories … Continue reading

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Millgram-fire and blood on Mount Carmel

The contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal illustrates a feature of Hillel Millgram’s treatment of the Elijah cycle in his The Elijah Enigma that has puzzled me. His way of treating the stories is under the influence of … Continue reading

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Millgram-famine, gods, and mission creep

We have just had a late November blizzard where I live, near Kansas City. The Weather Channel has taken to giving even inland storms personal names. They are calling this storm Bruce. Bruce the storm. I had a wild thought … Continue reading

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Millgram-Elijah becomes a prophet

I am reading Hillel Millgram’s The Elijah Enigma. Elijah appears before King Ahab in 1 Kings 17:1. He announces that rain will cease almost as if he is casting a spell on the land. This is a challenge to the … Continue reading

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Millgram-why Ahab was worse than the others

As we begin to discuss Hillel Millgram’s insights into the stories of Elijah and Ahab from his book The Elijah Enigma, it may help to have before us a text: . . .Ahab did more to provoke the anger of the … Continue reading

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Millgram–not fiction but literary history

I am in the early pages of Hillel Millgram’s The Elijah Enigma, in which he deals with the conflict between the prophet, Elijah, and the king, Ahab. I will make just a few points about Millgram’s approach. First, Millgram uses … Continue reading

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Millgram-Elijah and the Omride Kingdom

I have started reading Hillel Millgram’s The Elijah Enigma: The Prophet, King Ahab and the Rebirth of Monotheism in the Book of Kings. If you ask about the historical Elijah, there is not much to say. You can’t compare sources. … Continue reading

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Soulen-the gospel as Plan A

I am finishing up The God of Israel and Christian Theology.  R. Kendall Soulen offers an alternative to what he calls the standard model of the Christian good news. That standard model has been stated in many ways. Evangelists usually … Continue reading

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Soulen–Karl Rahner’s existential toward God

The book I am blogging about is The God of Israel and Christian Theology. Here R. Kendall Soulen sees in Karl Rahner’s concept of the “supernatural existential” a way forward toward a better way of telling the Christian story. Because … Continue reading

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Soulen-Egypt and all nations

R. Kendall Soulen in The God of Israel and Christian Theology gives us some biblical interpretation worth pondering. To restate something I have already covered, he says that the theme of creation is blessing. God created us to spread his … Continue reading

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