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VanderKam and Flint-cave 4 conspiracy?

The part of The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls by James VanderKam and Peter Flint that actually dealt directly with the meaning of the scrolls, I finished last week. The final chapter deals with the drama surrounding the publication … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-hidden laws

I came across the hilarious fact that Dorothy Parker, the poet and screen writer, named her parakeet Onan because he was always spilling his seed. This joke, based on the KJV of Genesis 38:9, would go right over the heads … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-applying archaeology to Qumran and the scrolls

I continue to summarize James VanderKam and Peter Flint in The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. People knew about the ruins at Qumran long before the caves and scrolls came to light. In the 19th century a popular view … Continue reading

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Limelight and the underlying theme

Since I have retired I have greatly enjoyed being out of the limelight. When I was an active pastor I was–at least locally–in the limelight. I led an assembly of people in worship every week. I published a column. I … Continue reading

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Heiser-reading the Bible with new eyes

I have now read through Michael Heiser’s The Unseen Realm. He never does have a section that deals with my question of how one integrates the Bible’s supernatural worldview into modernity. This includes its idea of a pantheon where Israel’s … Continue reading

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A leap to monotheism

I do not have time to do another post on my reading project today.  But here is something I want to call your attention to.  James K. Hoffmeier makes what I think is a very good point about the so-called … Continue reading

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On American Anti-Semitism

I haven’t had cable TV in this century.  So I don’t see CNN, MSNBC, or FOX News.  I gather, though, from what I read online that they are being very politically slanted in their coverage of the Squirrel Hill synagogue … Continue reading

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