Category: Ancient Israel

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”

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””

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”

The Weekly Roundup – 2.7.20

You didn’t want it, ask for it, or need it, but nevertheless the Weekly Roundup has returned! Andre Gagne (PhD, Université catholique de Louvain/Université de Montréal) posted the first in a series on eschatology entitled “Unraveling the ‘End Times,’” complete with that charming Canadian… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 2.7.20”

Michael D. Coogan: Hard Pressed to Identify A Distinct Israel

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2014), 228. The cumulative evidence, then, suggests that the Israelite confederation was composed of groups of disparate origin, including Canaanites. What would have motivated such groups… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Hard Pressed to Identify A Distinct Israel”

Michael D. Coogan: The Importance of Nonbiblical Evidence

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP: 2014), 28. Yet despite undeniable chronological and geographical discontinuities, the literary, religious, and institutional traditions of the Levant, including ancient Israel, are best understood as part of… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Importance of Nonbiblical Evidence”

The Weekly Roundup – 10.4.19

The September 2019 Biblical Studies Carnival is here and was put out by Phil Long, the curator of the carnival in general. There’s a lot of good stuff to be found so I won’t waste my time going through it all. Click on the… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 10.4.19”

Bible Talk – 8.15.19

So I decided to host my first livestream discussion and did so with Chris H., a brilliant guy who has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the Hebrew Bible and its relationship to Ancient Near Eastern cultures. We talked about the Gospel of Mark, the… Continue Reading “Bible Talk – 8.15.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 6.21.19

@andrewmarkhenry of the YouTube channel Religion for Breakfast recently published a short video on the number 666 that appears in Revelation 13:18. Following most scholars, Henry notes that the number is likely an example of gematria, the practice of using the numerical values of… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 6.21.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 5.10.19

“What would lead people to make all this stuff up – all of it – from scratch? Not just embroidering or adding to existing stories about an existing person, but inventing all of the above, including the bits that clearly work against their purposes?… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 5.10.19”