Category: Canaanites

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”

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”

Ludicrous, Liar, or Lazy? SJ Thomason, Child Sacrifice, and Why You Should Actually Read Your Sources

I had not planned to write about pop-apologist SJ Thomason for a while. Back in February she wrote a response to a piece I had written concerning the dating of the Gospels[1] and while I had been working on a rebuttal to it I gave… Continue Reading “Ludicrous, Liar, or Lazy? SJ Thomason, Child Sacrifice, and Why You Should Actually Read Your Sources”

My Conversation with Jackson Wheat

This morning I had the privilege of being interviewed by Jackson Wheat, a YouTuber and student of evolutionary theory, on a variety of subjects related to the Bible including the days of Genesis, the birth narratives in Matthew and Luke, Leviathan, henotheism, and more.… Continue Reading “My Conversation with Jackson Wheat”

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”

Jay Williams on The Serpent of Genesis 3 and the Tree of Life

Over at the website The Bible and Interpretation there is a piece by religious scholar Jay Williams on “Eden, the Tree of Life, and the Wisdom of the Serpent.” It is at once both a very interesting and very bizarre piece. Williams points out not long… Continue Reading “Jay Williams on The Serpent of Genesis 3 and the Tree of Life”

Quora Questions w/the Amateur Exegete: #2 – God and the Plural in Genesis

Texts discussed: Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:7; 1 Kings 22:19-23; Job 1:6, 38:7; Psalm 82:1. Recommended reading: Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2014), 38. Mark S. Smith, The Priestly Vision… Continue Reading “Quora Questions w/the Amateur Exegete: #2 – God and the Plural in Genesis”

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 – 6.14.19

Candida Moss (University of Birmingham) wrote a piece back in March on Apollonius, the miracle-working son of God that is often compared to Jesus. In it Moss, a prolific writer and scholar, observes that many in the ancient Mediterannean were considered the son of this or… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 6.14.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 4.5.19

“One would certainly not expect any literary reference to Christians or Christianity or Jesus himself in Roman authors of the first century.  Christianity was simply a tiny (TINY) religious movement that no one had heard of.  Most Romans would not even have heard the… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 4.5.19”