Category Archives: Ancient Israel

Wright-a literary war memorial

I am reading  David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory by Jacob L. Wright. He goes off on what seems like a tangent talking about war memorials.  He has in mind a particular kind of war memorial.  In … Continue reading

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Wright-the David story as a parable of power

I am interested in the historical happenings behind events recounted in the Bible.  So what I have read about David has often been speculation about the events of his rise and rule. I say “speculation” because, apart from the biblical … Continue reading

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Where are the temples and shrines?

Avraham Faust has a study “The Archaeology of the Israelite Cult: Questioning the Consensus (hat tip to James Pate of James’ Ramblings for calling my attention to this article). The consensus Faust is questioning is for the widespread distribution of … Continue reading

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The stabbing of Eglon and the fall of Jericho

I want to comment on the odd geography of the story of the assassination of Eglon and the revolt of the Benjaminites in Judges 3:12-30. The obese Moabite sheikh, Eglon, has seized Jericho and made some Benjaminites his vassals. There … Continue reading

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Mettinger-aniconism

I am not ready to start a longer term reading project.  So I am reading some online articles.  I am struck by the quality of some of what is available online. Today I am linking to this one. It is … Continue reading

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Khirbet ed-Dawwara–Israelite, Philistine or Judean?

The theory of Yosef Garfinkel that his excavation at Khirbet Qeiyafa (KQ) points to state formation in Judah under David may also revise other theories about state formation in early Israel. Previously the site called Khirbet ed-Dawwara (KD) played an … Continue reading

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Guillaume-narrative and calendar

I had been traveling for a couple of weeks. So when I was back in my home church Sunday, I had to reorient myself. I had been gone on Pentecost Sunday, and did not think about it being Trinity Sunday … Continue reading

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