Category Archives: Bible

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-the apocalyptic battle and city

VanderKam and Flint, in The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, have an extensive discussion of the Book of Revelation in the New Testament and certain of the Dead Sea Scrolls that seem to be moving in the same world … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-End times and the messiahs

In The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, James VanderKam and Peter Flint talk about the idea of the end times that appears in the scrolls. There is continuity between their calendar, where seven year periods or jubilees are important, … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-Enoch and Jubilees among the scrolls

VanderKam and Flint, in The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, talk about all the non-biblical books found in the vicinity of Qumran. These Dead Sea Scrolls include some new writings that we didn’t know about before their discovery. But … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-the Bible in the caves

I am back to reading The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls by James VandeKam and Peter Flint. Before the printing press, books were copied by hand. Over time small variations crept into texts because of errors, preferences, differences between … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-caves, scrolls and ruins

In an attempt to bring my education more up-to-date concerning the Dead Sea Scrolls, I have begun reading The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Significance for Understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus, and Christianity by James VanderKam and Peter … Continue reading

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Sanders-personal names and national spirituality

This is the month of my 50th wedding anniversary. So, although we are partying all year, June will be distracting because of events and observances. For the blog, this means I am not going to begin a book project. There … Continue reading

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