Tag Archives: Israel Knohl

Did Essenes identify with the Herods?

Today I am not summarizing a section of VanderKam and Flint from The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Rather, I am just thinking out loud about a question inspired by them. The question is whether the Essenes at Qumran … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-End times and the messiahs

In The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, James VanderKam and Peter Flint talk about the idea of the end times that appears in the scrolls. There is continuity between their calendar, where seven year periods or jubilees are important, … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-Qumran and the conflict of angels

In The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the authors have gone through much necessary discussion of the recovery of the scrolls and their content. More than half-way through the book the patient reader begins to find actual discussion of … Continue reading

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Israel Knohl-Jacob-el and a pretty wild theory

Israel Knohl has a new theory about Israel’s origin that is poles apart from whatever consensus there is. It is only fully published in a Hebrew book, How the Bible was Born (summary here). There is a review by someone … Continue reading

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Gaines-P as built upon a lyrical epic

I am reporting on my read of The Poetic Priestly Source by Jason M. H. Gaines. In between the very specialized analysis of Hebrew passages in P according to his yardstick for what constitutes poetry and what constitutes prose, Gaines … Continue reading

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Assuming the exodus happened–where and when?

They traveled from Etham, and turned back to Pihahiroth, which is before Baal Zephon: and they encamped before Migdol (Numbers 33:7 WEB). Before I move on to more about the books I have been reading by James Hoffmeier and Robert … Continue reading

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Gnuse and Hoffmeier-the mystery mountain

Both Robert Karl Gnuse and James Hoffmeier deal with the question of the location of Sinai/Horeb.  Gnuse, in The Elohist,  says that in E the operative phrase is the “mountain of God.”  Horeb, he thinks, has become attached to this … Continue reading

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