Category: ANE

Michael Jones and the Exodus: The Real Problem with Pop-Apologetics

The real problem with Michael Jones’ recent documentary on the exodus.

Some Recent Pieces on Cush and the Cushites

Three recent pieces on Cush and the Cushites that appeared online and in print.

The Song of Deborah and Israelite Origins: The Latest Post from @bibhistctxt

Over on his blog, blogger @bibhistctxt has posted the latest in his series on the origins of ancient Israel, this time covering the Song of Deborah found in Judges 5. There is a general consensus among scholars that the Song of Deborah is old, perhaps even one… Continue Reading “The Song of Deborah and Israelite Origins: The Latest Post from @bibhistctxt”

Joshua Bowen: Slavery in the Biblical Period

Joshua Bowen, Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery? (Mechanicsville, MD: Digital Hammurabi Press, 2020), 196-197. Slavery was not endorsed arbitrarily, as it was part of a common economic system that existed in ancient Israel and in the wider ancient Near East long before the… Continue Reading “Joshua Bowen: Slavery in the Biblical Period”

Joshua Bowen: For Some ANE Texts, We Have the “Originals”

Joshua Bowen, Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery? (Mechanicsville, MD: Digital Hammurabi Press, 2020), 16. When discussing slavery in ancient Israel, we are more limited in our sources than if we were discussing slavery as was known in the wider ancient Near East. Generally… Continue Reading “Joshua Bowen: For Some ANE Texts, We Have the “Originals””

Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – The Roots of the Mountains

To see other posts in this series, please go to the series’ page. If your upbringing was anything like mine, every Sunday morning, come rain or shine (but not blizzards), you were sitting in Sunday school hearing stories from the Bible. One of the many… Continue Reading “Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – The Roots of the Mountains”

Paula Fredriksen: Israel’s God is “Jewish”

Paula Fredriksen, Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017), 115. Israel’s god, in Jewish tradition, stands at the apex of humanity. The other elohim bow down to him; he alone is supreme. But his universality is ethnically inflected: this god… Continue Reading “Paula Fredriksen: Israel’s God is “Jewish””

Wayne Pitard: The Significance of Ugaritic Tablets for Biblical Studies

Wayne T. Pitard, “Before Israel: Syria-Palestine in the Bronze Age,” in The Oxford History of the Biblical World, Michael D. Coogan, editor (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 53. It is no exaggeration to say that the Ugaritic tablets have revolutionized the study of the… Continue Reading “Wayne Pitard: The Significance of Ugaritic Tablets for Biblical Studies”

Michael Coogan: The Israelites Didn’t Exist in a Vacuum

Michael D. Coogan, “In the Beginning: The Earliest History,” in The Oxford History of the Biblical World, Michael D. Coogan, editor (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 20. The ancient Israelites did not live in a cultural vacuum. From prehistoric times on Palestine was linked… Continue Reading “Michael Coogan: The Israelites Didn’t Exist in a Vacuum”

Josh Bowen’s Interview of John Collins on Violence in the Bible

Over on the Digital Hammurabi YouTube Channel, Josh Bowen (PhD, John Hopkins University) interviewed renowned biblical scholar John J. Collins (PhD, Harvard University) on the subject of violence in the Hebrew Bible. Collins is the author of multiple books including the phenomenal textbook The… Continue Reading “Josh Bowen’s Interview of John Collins on Violence in the Bible”