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Korah’s rebellion for flower children

Even those who doubt the JEDP documentary theory still usually believe that in the five books of the Law (Genesis-Deuteronomy) there is a Priestly strata. Instead of speaking of the Yahwist (J) and the Elohist (E) as sources, they may … Continue reading

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Moses and the well

I have been taking a video course in biblical Hebrew. I have never before gotten into Hebrew much beyond learning the alphabet and how to use study aides to determine what individual words mean. The course has given me a … Continue reading

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Theologies: Liberation, Savior, or Blessing

I haven’t posted here in quite a while. There are some excuses for this. Due to the Covid pestilence I have delayed needed cataract surgery. I realize that eye strain has been causing me to avoid reading like I used … Continue reading

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Heavy metal and the ancient world

a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper” (Deuteronomy 8:9b NRSV} This description of the promised land may reflect Solomon’s mining in the area of Timna just north of the sea of Aqaba. There … Continue reading

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The cities of Garu

Some people might find the Amarna Letter EA 256 to have several interesting issues. There are theories that this letter mentions biblical characters such as Ishbaal or Joshua. While not seeing much worth in these, I want to point out … Continue reading

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Fleming-Israel (without Judah) as an association of peoples

I have read The Legacy of Israel in Judah’s Bible: History, Politics and the Reinscribing of Tradition by Daniel Fleming. This book makes some considerable advances, I think, concerning the origin of Israel. Like so many scholarly books I read, … Continue reading

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I am back with a new emphasis

I have been away from the blog for a month. On the evening of the day I last posted, my mother died. This, along with the holiday season, triggered a series of family events and duties that has involved travel … Continue reading

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Inertia and transposition

Today I am not really summarizing the Savary book on Teilhard’s spirituality. I am reflecting on the idea from my last post that Teilhard de Chardin saw inertia as the enemy of human spiritual growth. I am aware that Teilhard … Continue reading

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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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