Monthly Archives: June 2019

VanderKam and Flint-applying archaeology to Qumran and the scrolls

I continue to summarize James VanderKam and Peter Flint in The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. People knew about the ruins at Qumran long before the caves and scrolls came to light. In the 19th century a popular view … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-caves, scrolls and ruins

In an attempt to bring my education more up-to-date concerning the Dead Sea Scrolls, I have begun reading The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Significance for Understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus, and Christianity by James VanderKam and Peter … Continue reading

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The “Cushite” wife of Moses

I studied the Dead Sea Scrolls in depth in the 1970s and have kept up with developments and new theories to some extent. But it is time to reeducate myself. So I am beginning a book project on The Meaning … Continue reading

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Omnipresence in Egypt and Israel

One of the ways people have tried to grasp the theology of ancient Israel is to link it with the faith of the Egyptian king, Akhenaten. Akhenaten, in my opinion, has been misread as one who believed in only one … Continue reading

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They knew the lyrics before the exile

The creation story in Genesis 1:1-2:4 was written by priests. The Torah, whether you buy into the existence of four main sources or not, has a bunch of material that allows scholars to say that priests wrote it. The shorthand … Continue reading

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Sex and David’s Game of Thrones

The marriage of French head of state, Emanuel Macron, and his wife, Brigette, has caused a lot of talk. She is twenty-five years older than he is. I think he is now 40 and she is 65. She was his … Continue reading

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David’s religion according to how he named his sons

In 2 Samuel are two lists of David’s sons. Sons were born to David at Hebron: his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam of Jezreel; 3 his second, Chileab, of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel; the third, Absalom son … Continue reading

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