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Bad cows

The Bible has unicorns, at least in the King James Version.  Modern versions have replaced this with “wild ox”.  For examples of this look to the Balaam oracles: Numbers 23:22 and Numbers 24:8.  I think Jerome’s Latin translation is to … Continue reading

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An Egyptian background for the Golden Calf

Sometimes it is good to read people  whose theology you do not share. I recently found an online version of an article I had read long ago.  The first thing I noticed was that as a believer in some version … Continue reading

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Lipovsky-in the wilderness

Let me remind you of the main thesis of Igor Lipovsky’s Early Israelites.  His subtitle is “Two Peoples, One History”.   He sees the house of Joseph as a different people than the house of Jacob.  The first came out of … Continue reading

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Stephen L. Cook-Hosea

Stephen L. Cook talks about the prophet Hosea as a rural levitical priest.  I think most people think of the priests at the Jerusalem temple when they think of biblical priests.  But people in segmentary agrarian societies typically have a … Continue reading

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Knohl-the golden calves

In reading Israel Knohl’s The Divine Symphony, I see he has a place for an old tradition from northern Israel.  This tradition isn’t quite the same as E or the Elohist of the old documentary hypothesis.  E, after all, is … Continue reading

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