Category Archives: Ancient Egypt

The “Cushite” wife of Moses

I studied the Dead Sea Scrolls in depth in the 1970s and have kept up with developments and new theories to some extent. But it is time to reeducate myself. So I am beginning a book project on The Meaning … Continue reading

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Omnipresence in Egypt and Israel

One of the ways people have tried to grasp the theology of ancient Israel is to link it with the faith of the Egyptian king, Akhenaten. Akhenaten, in my opinion, has been misread as one who believed in only one … Continue reading

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They knew the lyrics before the exile

The creation story in Genesis 1:1-2:4 was written by priests. The Torah, whether you buy into the existence of four main sources or not, has a bunch of material that allows scholars to say that priests wrote it. The shorthand … Continue reading

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An Exodus of children?

If you search online about ancient Egyptian slavery you will find that there is a lot of deconstruction. The idea that slaves built the pyramids is wrong.  Slavery became more of a thing much later, in the New Kingdom, usually … Continue reading

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Hiatus-and reasons not to wholly deconstruct the nativity or the exodus

I am about to travel for a few weeks. In mid February I should be back and begin to blog about Paula Fredriksen’s book, Paul, Apostle to the Pagans, which I should get read while traveling. I leave you with … 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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