Category Archives: Ancient Israel

Millgram-why Ahab was worse than the others

As we begin to discuss Hillel Millgram’s insights into the stories of Elijah and Ahab from his book The Elijah Enigma, it may help to have before us a text: . . .Ahab did more to provoke the anger of the … Continue reading

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Millgram–not fiction but literary history

I am in the early pages of Hillel Millgram’s The Elijah Enigma, in which he deals with the conflict between the prophet, Elijah, and the king, Ahab. I will make just a few points about Millgram’s approach. First, Millgram uses … Continue reading

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Millgram-Elijah and the Omride Kingdom

I have started reading Hillel Millgram’s The Elijah Enigma: The Prophet, King Ahab and the Rebirth of Monotheism in the Book of Kings. If you ask about the historical Elijah, there is not much to say. You can’t compare sources. … Continue reading

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Soulen-Egypt and all nations

R. Kendall Soulen in The God of Israel and Christian Theology gives us some biblical interpretation worth pondering. To restate something I have already covered, he says that the theme of creation is blessing. God created us to spread his … Continue reading

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An interesting dig that does not yet prove anything

In the last few weeks I have seen a proliferation of articles in the popular Christian press suggesting that new evidence of the exodus may have been found. See here, here and here. So I looked for the sources of … Continue reading

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Were Rachel and Leah married to the same man?

Rachel means ewe and Leah means cow. There have been jokes about how Leah’s name reflected on her attractiveness. There might be something there. In the story Jacob is much more attracted to Rachel. But the story is the product … Continue reading

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Gary Rendsburg and the sons of Jacob

Gary Rendsburg is a scholar of Hebrew linguistics who collaborated with Cyrus H. Gordon on a book in the 1990s, The Bible and the Ancient Near East. (Gordon is an enigma. He was brilliant. He worked in the army as … Continue reading

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