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. Well, today I’m going to do a basic treatment of Inanna’s Descent into the Underworld for one... Continue Reading →

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"All translations of great works are of course no more than approximations of the original, in some places happy ones, in some necessarily imperfect. But respecting the sheer physicality of the Bible’s language together with a stylistic decorum appropriate to the Hebrew diction can help readers sense something of the world quite different from ours... Continue Reading →

Michael D. Coogan: ANE Parallels to Genesis 12-50

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 83. Many elements of the plot of Genesis 12-50 are found in other ancient literatures. Among these, one of the most significant is the epic of Kirta (also called Keret), partially preserved on three clay tablets found at Ugarit....The... Continue Reading →

Michael D. Coogan: Genesis 1:2 and Enuma Elish

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 38. The second verse of Genesis seems to allude to the battle between the storm god and the primeval sea, found in Enuma Elish and in other ancient Near Eastern sources: "Darkness was on the face of Deep... Continue Reading →

Weekly Roundup – 9.7.18

Here are a few good articles, blog posts, and podcasts I've been enjoying this week. Twitter user and blogger @bibhistctxt continues his series on ancient Israelite origins with "Israelite Origins: putting away childish things." In this post, he shows that the various towns that were purportedly destroyed by the invading Israelite armies led by Joshua were not done in... Continue Reading →

Pixels and Papyrus on the Identity of Behemoth

I grew up a Young Earth Creationist who believed, among other things, that humans and dinosaurs walked the planet together. They were probably even on Noah's ark! Most if not all dinosaurs were present on the Ark, as they were clearly terrestrial creatures.1 But if dinosaurs were on the Ark, shouldn't we find them in... Continue Reading →

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