Category Archives: Ancient Israel

Hebron, Jerusalem and the United Kingdom

Beginning next week I am going to turn my attention to the New Testament for a while. But before I do, I want to make a final note regarding what I have read and thought about over the last few … Continue reading

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Sparks and the age of the Song of Deborah

Beginning in April of 2005 I blogged for several weeks about Kenton Sparks’ book, God’s Word in Human Words. Sparks has now made available on the Internet his paper “Religion, Identity and the Origins of Ancient Israel”, which was originally … Continue reading

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The DNA of the Philistines

Could we be on the verge of finding out who the Philistines and other Sea Peoples were? There has just been published a report about the genetic ancestry of the Bronze Age Minoan and Mycenaean people. These would have been … Continue reading

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Bad cows

The Bible has unicorns, at least in the King James Version.  Modern versions have replaced this with “wild ox”.  For examples of this look to the Balaam oracles: Numbers 23:22 and Numbers 24:8.  I think Jerome’s Latin translation is to … Continue reading

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Na’amen-the palace library as source for David’s story

I have read some books about King David.  Some of them treat him as an elusive historical figure.  Some treat him more as a literary invention. This has caused me to focus on the question of where the composers of … Continue reading

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Wright-invented or shaped?

Today I am looking back on my reading of Jacob L. Wright’s David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory.  Often we are tempted to avoid books we know we are going to disagree with.  Early on I knew … Continue reading

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Wright- a question addressed to his silence

I read Jacob L. Wright’s David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory to the end. Today I want to comment about something he does not talk about. Wright’s theory is that Hebron remained the capital of Judah until … Continue reading

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