Author Archives: theoutwardquest

About theoutwardquest

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

Middle ground on the Bible

There is an enormous gap between how many academics , on the one hand, and lay people, preachers and teachers at the evangelical Bible colleges, on the other hand, view the Bible. Academics are aware that the Hebrew Bible as … Continue reading

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David Carr’s big book

I know my posts have become few and far between. I am having a series of eye surgeries this summer. My hope is that in September, with the surgeries over, I will get new corrective lenses to relieve the eye … Continue reading

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The elusive biblical timeline

1 Kings 6:1 puts the coming out of Egypt of the “children of Israel” 480 years before the beginning of Solomon’s temple. If the “children of Israel” is a metaphor for the people Moses led out of Egypt (literally, the … Continue reading

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Korah’s rebellion for flower children

Even those who doubt the JEDP documentary theory still usually believe that in the five books of the Law (Genesis-Deuteronomy) there is a Priestly strata. Instead of speaking of the Yahwist (J) and the Elohist (E) as sources, they may … Continue reading

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Moses and the well

I have been taking a video course in biblical Hebrew. I have never before gotten into Hebrew much beyond learning the alphabet and how to use study aides to determine what individual words mean. The course has given me a … Continue reading

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Theologies: Liberation, Savior, or Blessing

I haven’t posted here in quite a while. There are some excuses for this. Due to the Covid pestilence I have delayed needed cataract surgery. I realize that eye strain has been causing me to avoid reading like I used … Continue reading

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Faust-the Jebusite fortress of Jerusalem

I remember how in 2007 the news came out that Israeli archaeologist, Eilat Mazar, claimed to have uncovered the palace of King David. At the time I was still preaching. I thought about mentioning this in a sermon. Not bringing … Continue reading

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The Death of a Fool

“The nabal says in his heart, There is no God” That is from Psalms 14:1 with the word “fool” untranslated. The word “nabal” means fool. So when we read in 1 Samuel 25 that there was a wealthy Calebite named … Continue reading

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Heavy metal and the ancient world

a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper” (Deuteronomy 8:9b NRSV} This description of the promised land may reflect Solomon’s mining in the area of Timna just north of the sea of Aqaba. There … Continue reading

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The cities of Garu

Some people might find the Amarna Letter EA 256 to have several interesting issues. There are theories that this letter mentions biblical characters such as Ishbaal or Joshua. While not seeing much worth in these, I want to point out … Continue reading

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