Monthly Archives: January 2020

Israel Knohl and historical imagination

I like Israel Knohl very much. This scholar is an observant Jew. Yet, in The Divine Symphony and elsewhere, he recognizes that the Bible contains many diverse sources and forms of literature that do not usually give us face-value historical … Continue reading

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Another jar and my speculations

Archaeologists recently found a jar in northern Israel. Of course, they do that all the time.  This jar may be from the 9th century, though. It has Hebrew writing on it that says “belongs to Benayau”. Some of the significance … Continue reading

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Canaan, a place or a people

It seems to me that the term “Canaanite” is used in a confusing way by historians and biblical scholars. After the time when the prophets apparently took a stand against Baal worship (beginning perhaps with Elijah), Canaanite came to mean … Continue reading

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The Philistines-texts and artifacts

I like to think we are discovering more truth all the time about history and its relation to the Bible. The turn toward the kind of debunking that treats texts with some mythological content, like the biblical texts, as out-of-bounds … Continue reading

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