Category Archives: Ancient Israel

Another Nathan and the sun chariots

I am trying to decide what book to use for a new reading project. Meanwhile, here is a discovery and a mystery concerning ancient Israel. He removed the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun, at … Continue reading

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Na’aman-lost northern stories

I read an intriguing short article by Nadav Na’aman called “Discovering the Lost North Israelite Conquest Story”. (See here).  It was part of a festschrift (honorary collection of articles) Rethinking Israel dedicated to Israel Finkelstein. Na’amen has worked with Finkelstein … 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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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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