Category Archives: Ancient Israel

Lipovsky again-intuiting the history behind the text

I have been dipping into Igor Lipovsky’s Israel and Judah: How Two Peoples Became One. A few years back I wrote extensively about his book Early Israelites: Two Peoples One History, beginning  here. Early Israelites covered the emergence of Israel … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-common ideas but a different direction

From the Qumran document called the Commentary on Habakkuk comes a passage that was an explanation of the phrase from Habakkuk 2:4 that says “the righteous will live by their faith”. According to the translation here, the passage reads: Interpreted, … Continue reading

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Did Essenes identify with the Herods?

Today I am not summarizing a section of VanderKam and Flint from The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Rather, I am just thinking out loud about a question inspired by them. The question is whether the Essenes at Qumran … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-closeness and distance

I have some more from The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls by James VanderKam and Peter Flint. The Dead Sea Scrolls display both a closeness and a distance in relation to Jesus and the New Testament. One of the … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-crackpot theories

Crackpot is my word. VanderKam and Flint are much more polite in discussing the views of John Allegro and Barbara Thiering. They point out that both of them were actual scholars. John Allegro did some good work early on excavating … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-hidden laws

I came across the hilarious fact that Dorothy Parker, the poet and screen writer, named her parakeet Onan because he was always spilling his seed. This joke, based on the KJV of Genesis 38:9, would go right over the heads … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-the Wicked Priest as key figure

The historical development of the community at Qumran is murky. Scholars have made several suggestions. But the nature of the documents does not allow for certainty. VanderKam and Flint, in The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, mostly keep themselves … Continue reading

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