Category: Ancient Mesopotamia

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”

Inanna: The Not So Parallel Goddess (Guest Post by Chris H.)

Note: This is a post written by Chris H. (@unicornwiz) in response to a recently published piece by @GodlessEngineer entitled “Inanna’s Descent Matches Jesus’ Passion Narratives.” Chris can be reached on Twitter or at his email address biblicalhistoryskeptic32ad@gmail.com. *Prenote: this revision was made possible… Continue Reading “Inanna: The Not So Parallel Goddess (Guest Post by Chris H.)”

Michael D. Coogan: The Covenant Code and the Code of Hammurapi

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 132. Both the Code of Hammurapi and the Covenant Code set the laws in an explicitly religious context. In both, it is the deity who is… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Covenant Code and the Code of Hammurapi”

Bernard Lamborelle’s Thoughts on Scholars’ Review of ‘The Covenant’

Last month I posted a link to Bernard Lamborelle’s grilling by two Assyriologists and an Egyptologist. As I said in that post, while they did not find his thesis compelling Lamborelle did a good job of fielding the questions and taking their constructive criticism well.… Continue Reading “Bernard Lamborelle’s Thoughts on Scholars’ Review of ‘The Covenant’”

Testing ‘The Covenant’ – Bernard Lamborelle Faces the Experts

Last week on The Non Sequitur Show, Bernard Lamborelle appeared to discuss his book The Covenant: On the Origin of the Abrahamic Faith by Means of Deification. I have not had an opportunity to read the book and so cannot offer a synopsis but here is… Continue Reading “Testing ‘The Covenant’ – Bernard Lamborelle Faces the Experts”