Category Archives: Ancient Israel

Moses’ death a mystery, but not a murder mystery

Sigmund Freud thought that the Israelites had murdered Moses. He based this on Hosea 12:13-14, which he saw as the oldest source. 13 The Lord brought Israel out of Egypt by a prophet, and due to a prophet Israel was … 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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Israel Knohl-Jacob-el and a pretty wild theory

Israel Knohl has a new theory about Israel’s origin that is poles apart from whatever consensus there is. It is only fully published in a Hebrew book, How the Bible was Born (summary here). There is a review by someone … Continue reading

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Israelites with Egyptian names

At this juncture of 2018/19 I think back over the books I have been reading. I think that three books I have read recently converge on the reality that several names of Levites in the Bible appear to be Egyptian. … Continue reading

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Millgram-giving Elijah (and Ahab) a seat at the table

It is time to finish up with Hillel Millgram’s The Elijah Enigma. In a postscript to the book, he talks about the myth of Elijah that continued in Judaism. This had already started before Kings was written. One of its … Continue reading

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Millgram-Assassins for God

We had a good Christmas with church and family.  I hope the holidays have been good for you too. I am sorry that after the peace-on-earth message, we now must deal with one of the most violent parts of the … Continue reading

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