Category Archives: Ancient Israel

Bronze Age epidemic

A terrible epidemic, probably the Bubonic Plague, in the 14th century before Christ prompted one of the exodus-like events–or so I have speculated on the basis of Manetho’s claim that lepers or diseased quarry workers were quarenteened.  Here is the quotation from … Continue reading

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Psalm 78 and the plagues of Egypt

The Passover/Exodus story in Exodus 7-11 tells of ten plagues that befell Egypt.  But there are shorter, poetic accounts of the plagues in Psalm 78:41 ff. and Psalm 105:27 ff.  Actually, since the word plague has come to mean a … Continue reading

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Some old gossip about Moses’ marriage

This week I am going to post some things that relate in one way or another to Moses and the Exodus.  It is Passover week, after all. I am a sucker for stories from the Daily Mail, even though I … Continue reading

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Habiru, the verb

My opinion, contrary to a lot of people who want to find Israel present in Canaan in the 14th century B.C.E., is that the habiru of the Amarna letters are not Hebrews.  The equation of the two seems like wishful … Continue reading

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minimalist and maximilist

I was surprised to find this article by Eugene H. Merrill on an evangelical apologetics site. It is a moderate article and contains good information. This is the way he explains the minimalist and maximalist schools of assessing the historical … Continue reading

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Levenson-sex and theology in the Song of Solomon

I continue to read Jon Levenson’s The Love of God Levenson cannot help but discuss the Song of Solomon as he discusses the erotic or romantic metaphors the Hebrew  Bible uses for the love of God.  Some have insisted that … Continue reading

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Levenson-the erotic dimension

My reading project is Jon Levenson’s The Love of God. One of the complaints about the so-called feminizing of the church is that some contemporary worship songs are basically about Jesus as my boyfriend.  Of course, it is not just … Continue reading

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