Category: Archaeology

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

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

Explaining Away the Plagues: Bibhistctxt Takes on ‘The Exodus Decoded’

Bibhistctxt takes on ‘The Exodus Decoded’

Lawrence Stager: The Miracle at Jericho Has “No Archaeological Reflex”

Lawrence Stager, “Forging an Identity: The Emergence of Ancient Israel,” in The Oxford History of the Biblical World, Michael D. Coogan, editor (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 95-96. After crossing the Jordan River, Joshua and his troops conquered Jericho (Josh. 6). They blew the… Continue Reading “Lawrence Stager: The Miracle at Jericho Has “No Archaeological Reflex””

Carol Redmount: The Exodus and History

Carol A. Redmount, “Bitter Lives: Israel in and out of Egypt,” in The Oxford History of the Biblical World, Michael D. Coogan, editor (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 87. A study of the Exodus narrative raises many questions about the historicity and historical setting of… Continue Reading “Carol Redmount: The Exodus and History”

Carol Redmount: The Exodus Account Cannot Be Taken at Face Value

Carol A. Redmount, “Bitter Lives: Israel in and out of Egypt,” in The Oxford History of the Biblical World, Michael D. Coogan, editor (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 70-71. The biblical account makes an exceptionally poor primary historical source for the Exodus events. Possible historical… Continue Reading “Carol Redmount: The Exodus Account Cannot Be Taken at Face Value”

Is the “Nazareth Inscription” from Nazareth?

If you’ve spent any amount of time online perusing Christian apologetics websites, you’ve no doubt come across the Nazareth Inscription, an edict from Caesar found on a slab of marble that prohibits grave robbing under penalty of death.[1] It is called the “Nazareth Inscription” because it… Continue Reading “Is the “Nazareth Inscription” from Nazareth?”

Richard Elliot Friedman on the Exodus

In 2017, noted scholar of the Hebrew Bible Richard Elliot Friedman published a book with HarperCollins entitled The Exodus: How It Happened and Why It Matters. Using the tools of source criticism, Friedman posits that what really happened is not that there was no… Continue Reading “Richard Elliot Friedman on the Exodus”

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”

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”

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”