Category Archives: Bible

Millgram–not fiction but literary history

I am in the early pages of Hillel Millgram’s The Elijah Enigma, in which he deals with the conflict between the prophet, Elijah, and the king, Ahab. I will make just a few points about Millgram’s approach. First, Millgram uses … Continue reading

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Millgram-Elijah and the Omride Kingdom

I have started reading Hillel Millgram’s The Elijah Enigma: The Prophet, King Ahab and the Rebirth of Monotheism in the Book of Kings. If you ask about the historical Elijah, there is not much to say. You can’t compare sources. … Continue reading

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Soulen-Egypt and all nations

R. Kendall Soulen in The God of Israel and Christian Theology gives us some biblical interpretation worth pondering. To restate something I have already covered, he says that the theme of creation is blessing. God created us to spread his … Continue reading

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Soulen-blessing through others

The story Christians tell is often one that moves from the brokenness of sin and separation from God to redemption and reconciliation. It is like the story a recovering alcoholic may tell of reaching rock bottom and then recovering. Or … Continue reading

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Soulen-fixing the story we tell

In The God of Israel and Christian Theology, R. Kendall Soulen proposes an alternative to the standard story Christian theologians have told since the 2nd century. In a short chapter, he tells us what the rest of the book will … Continue reading

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Soulen–Barth, Rahner and missed possibilities

R. Kendall Soulen, in The God of Israel and Christian Theology talks about how in the mid to late 20th century the two Karls, Barth and Rahner, attempted to modify the standard Christian model. Both of them were responding to the … Continue reading

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Soulen-Irenaeus and the wrong turn

In The God of Israel and Christian Theology, R. Kendall Soulen often talks about “the standard canonical narrative.” This is the way Christian thinkers have told the biblical story since the second century. Soulen thinks this standard narrative is flawed. … Continue reading

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