Author Archives: theoutwardquest

About theoutwardquest

I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.

Moses’ death a mystery, but not a murder mystery

Sigmund Freud thought that the Israelites had murdered Moses. He based this on Hosea 12:13-14, which he saw as the oldest source. 13 The Lord brought Israel out of Egypt by a prophet, and due to a prophet Israel was … Continue reading

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Power vacuums, nation building, and early Israel

There is very little for historians to go on when seeking to write a story of exactly what happened when the Bible coincides with historical events. The biblical stories, epics or sagas were written with a very different purpose than … Continue reading

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Philistines and Biblical Calneh

Recent archeological digs and new readings of the reliefs and records of Ramses III may give us better insight into the rise of the Philistines in Gaza. The Philistines, of course, are major players in the Bible stories of Samson, … Continue reading

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Alternatives to Wikipedia

A new book project will wait until at least mid-February. I am two weeks away from my annual winter vacation. Besides, my next book project will relate to the New Testament.  My mind is presently still stuck on Iron Age and … Continue reading

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Israel Knohl-Jacob-el and a pretty wild theory

Israel Knohl has a new theory about Israel’s origin that is poles apart from whatever consensus there is. It is only fully published in a Hebrew book, How the Bible was Born (summary here). There is a review by someone … Continue reading

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Israelites with Egyptian names

At this juncture of 2018/19 I think back over the books I have been reading. I think that three books I have read recently converge on the reality that several names of Levites in the Bible appear to be Egyptian. … Continue reading

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Let the drummer go

I am not a Calvinist. But this Christmas I listened to a lot of the band, Theocracy. Calvinism kind of fits with the darker themes of Heavy Metal. Anyway, I think their Christmas stuff is great. Sometimes it is hilarious. … Continue reading

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