Category Archives: Bible

Bloodshed and the ruined altar

Exodus 21:14 has always seemed odd to me. The previous verse mentions a place of refuge, which certainly refers to the cities of refuge (Joshua 20:1-3). But then, seemingly completely out of context, we read “If a person schemes and … Continue reading

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Did Hosea know Genesis?

The prophet Hosea knew some stories like those we find in Genesis and Exodus. This is no surprise to the people who believe that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible. I suppose you could imagine that Hosea … Continue reading

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Middle ground on the Bible

There is an enormous gap between how many academics , on the one hand, and lay people, preachers and teachers at the evangelical Bible colleges, on the other hand, view the Bible. Academics are aware that the Hebrew Bible as … Continue reading

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David Carr’s big book

I know my posts have become few and far between. I am having a series of eye surgeries this summer. My hope is that in September, with the surgeries over, I will get new corrective lenses to relieve the eye … Continue reading

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The multiple pharaohs of the exodus

The Bible does not name a specific Pharaoh as king of Egypt at the time of the Exodus. In 1 Kings 14:25 the Pharaoh who attacked after Solomon died is specifically named. It was a Pharaoh called Shishak, which corresponds … Continue reading

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Some issues concerning the exodus as an event in time

It seems to me very likely that the exodus from Egypt of Semitic people who became identified with Israel actually happened. It may have happened more than once. But the account that we have in the Bible is a saga … Continue reading

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Articles about a 12th century Exodus

I have been reading several articles that relate to a possible new way to see the Exodus event. I use the term, Exodus event, to specify the particular event that involved Moses and was connected to the settlement of Israel. … Continue reading

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The Philistines-texts and artifacts

I like to think we are discovering more truth all the time about history and its relation to the Bible. The turn toward the kind of debunking that treats texts with some mythological content, like the biblical texts, as out-of-bounds … Continue reading

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Yes, there is retirement in the Bible

Sometimes preachers or others say, “There is no retirement in the Bible.” Or “you can’t retire from Christian service.” I think one reason people want to say this is that many of our churches now are composed largely of people … Continue reading

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Nanos-how odd of God

Thus, Paul seeks to explain how the gentiles of Rome have entered in to Israel’s story, a story intended for the restoration of the whole creation. (Mark Nanos, Reading Romans Within Judaism, Essay 3: “The Jewish Context of the Gentile … Continue reading

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