The Weekly Roundup – 9.21.18

Here’s the Weekly Roundup!

  • Twitter user @bibhistctxt continues his series on Israelite origins with a post entitled “Israelite origins: Biblical Counter-narratives.” I already posted a link to it on Twitter once but I wanted to highlight it again because it should be required reading for any would-be Christian apologists and anyone claiming to believe in inerrancy. I wish I had that kind of command over the texts and history of the period.
  • Randal Rouser, a Christian theologian and apologist (one of my favorite, by the way), has an interview over on his website with Steve Baugham, a lawyer who runs the website Ravi Watch. For those who aren’t “in the know,” the Ravi in “Ravi Watch” is Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, and Baugham’s interest in him stems from the multitude of lies and misleading claims Zacharias has made about his education, work, and much more. As a teenager I was greatly influenced by Zacharias’ book Can Man Live Without God? and I even patterned some of my apologetic tactics to his style. (I forgave him for not using the KJV.) It’s disappointing to learn that a man I once admired is really just a fraud. Good riddance, I suppose.
  • If you’ve ever been a creationist you’ve probably heard the name Michael Behe. He wrote one of the most important volumes that contributed to the Intelligent Design movement entitled Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. Recently my Twitter friend @Floridaline posted a link to a 2011 interview that Behe’s son Leo had with the The Humanist. Behe discusses his move from Roman Catholicism to general theism and then on to atheism, all in the context of having a father famous for his work promoting Intelligent Design. It is a fascinating interview and one I recommend any atheist read.
  • The Israeli newspaper Haaretz recently published an interesting piece on the Mesha Stele and how its description of Yahweh is less than flattering entitled “When God Wasn’t So Great: What Yahweh’s First Appearance Tells About Early Judaism.” For those unfamiliar with the Mesha Stele, it is a stone piece that features writing very similiar to that of Hebrew but written by the Moabites. In it, King Mesha describes the oppression of his land by the Israelites and that this came because his god Chemosh was angry with his people. But then Chemosh showed favor again upon them and they were able to defeat Israel and “took the vessels of YHWH and dragged them in front of Chemosh.” I don’t want to steal any more thunder from the piece so I recommend you click the link and spend fifteen minutes or so reading it. It adds some more color to the narratives found in the Deuteronomistic History.

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