Author Archives: theoutwardquest

About theoutwardquest

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

Heiser-elohim, gods and spirits

I am reading Michael Heiser’s The Unseen Realm. His reading of Psalm 82:1 is what led him to question what he had been taught about the nothingness of gods other than the Lord. Sometimes the Hebrew word elohim refers to … Continue reading

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Heiser-a not-so-pure monotheism

My new reading project is The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible by Michael S. Heiser. The reason I am looking at this book derives from something I’ve been thinking about for a while that came to … Continue reading

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The sign above the cross

In the gospels only Gentiles call Jesus king of the Jews. The Magi, Pilate, and the Roman soldiers use the term. Jews prefer King of Israel (John 19:21 below is kind of an exception, but those Jews are quoting the … Continue reading

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Why the good news he preached got Jesus killed

It is holy week and I am continuing to think about what historically led to the crucifixion. Most studies about the historical Jesus assume some things about the synoptic gospels. They assume that Mark was written first and is closer … Continue reading

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The disillusionment of the masses and Jesus’ Passion

As the Christian holy week approaches I am thinking about some of the background for the events that led to Jesus receiving the death penalty. C. H. Dodd was a twentieth century, English New Testament scholar who put a lot … Continue reading

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Herodians and the death of Jesus

Since I am between reading projects, I am going to write a few posts about the end of Jesus ministry and historical life.  For many Christians, the next two weeks are a time to reflect on the last days and … Continue reading

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Another Nathan and the sun chariots

I am trying to decide what book to use for a new reading project. Meanwhile, here is a discovery and a mystery concerning ancient Israel. He removed the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun, at … Continue reading

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