Monthly Archives: October 2019

Gershon Galil’s interesting ideas about the historical King David

Baruch Halpern in David’s Secret Demons (Part 3 Defining David’s Empire) suggested that 2 Samuel 8:1-13 was a copy of a royal boast meant, perhaps, to be written on a stele or monument. These verses describe the military victories of David. … Continue reading

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Was Jesus totally unkosher?

καθαρίζων πάντα τὰ βρώματα Above is the Greek for the last words of Mark 7:19.  Literally these four words mean:  purifying. all. the. food.  But translations purporting to be literal often translate this as “thus he declared all foods clean.”  … Continue reading

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DNA and the mystery of the Philistines

Ancient cemeteries yield DNA that helps solve mysteries about ancient peoples. The Philistines of the Bible and Egyptian texts are such a people. The Egyptian texts say they (the Peleset in Egyptian spelling) were part of the Sea Peoples who … Continue reading

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Did Israel exist before the Exodus?

Most Bible readers use the term “Exodus” to refer to a unitary event. For instance, there is considerable argument about using 1 Kings 6:1 as a means to date the “Exodus”. That verse, however, does not mention Moses or the … Continue reading

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Egypt, Hazor and the rise of Israel

I know that the prediction that archaeologists will dig up a library or archive at Tel-Hazor could come true at any time. Such a find would possibly make mush of this article. But I am just going to go with … Continue reading

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Where was Merneptah’s Israel?

The closing lines of the Merneptah Stele contain the first clear non-biblical mention of Israel. They seem to show that a people-group named Israel existed in about -1209. Here is a translation (see here pps 96-97): The princes are prostrate, … Continue reading

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