Category Archives: Bible

Allison-morality and the impinging of last things

Dale Allison in Night Comes points out that even in movies and novels today the last things often receive more attention than they do in mainline pulpits. He thinks we are short-changing people by not talking about last things. By … Continue reading

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Allison-the movie we watch at the time of death

The Near Death Experience (NDE) has been the subject of many popular books. Usually the books claim that these experiences give us knowledge about what awaits after death. There are counter claims that these experiences are totally subjective. In Night … Continue reading

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Leuchter-the wise men of the second temple

Mark Leuchter in The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity comes to a final chapter about the way the Levites developed in the period after Ezra. Remember that he has traced the Levites through several roles. He thinks the … Continue reading

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Leuchter-the Persian period

I am forging ahead with my reading of Mark Leuchter’s The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity. There are three options about the history of the Levites after the Babylonian exile. The first is to take at face value … Continue reading

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Leuchter-the punctuation mark that isn’t there

One of the things I try to keep in mind when reading the Bible in English translation is that it will include much that is not there in the Hebrew or Greek. This includes punctuation. And yet I had long … Continue reading

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Leuchter-Levites at the gate

In The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity Mark Leuchter deals with Deuteronomy as a text composed retrospectively in about -622. The story about the discovery of the scroll in the Temple is fiction. What really happened is that … Continue reading

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Leuchter-chieftains and El worship

I decided to come back to something in Mark Leuchter’s approach to Israelite history that has become more important the further I get into The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity. The important idea is that before the monarchy … Continue reading

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