Category: Joshua Bowen (Assyriologist)

Joshua Bowen: Slavery in the Biblical Period

Joshua Bowen, Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery? (Mechanicsville, MD: Digital Hammurabi Press, 2020), 196-197. Slavery was not endorsed arbitrarily, as it was part of a common economic system that existed in ancient Israel and in the wider ancient Near East long before the… Continue Reading “Joshua Bowen: Slavery in the Biblical Period”

Joshua Bowen: For Some ANE Texts, We Have the “Originals”

Joshua Bowen, Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery? (Mechanicsville, MD: Digital Hammurabi Press, 2020), 16. When discussing slavery in ancient Israel, we are more limited in our sources than if we were discussing slavery as was known in the wider ancient Near East. Generally… Continue Reading “Joshua Bowen: For Some ANE Texts, We Have the “Originals””

The Digital Hammurabi Team’s Interview of Joel Baden on the Authorship of the Torah

Back in June, the tag team of Josh Bowen and Megan Lewis (i.e. Digital Hammurabi) interviewed Hebrew Bible scholar Joel Baden on the subject of the authorship of the Torah. For a long time, it was assumed that Moses stood behind the books of… Continue Reading “The Digital Hammurabi Team’s Interview of Joel Baden on the Authorship of the Torah”

A Brief Response to Praise I Am That I Am by a “Disgruntled Apostate”

“Entirely out of place is obscene, silly, and vulgar talk; but instead, let there be thanksgiving.”– Ephesians 5:4 (NRSV) “At least liberal scholars have some type of accreditation to validate what they say. You don’t have shit….”– YouTube personality Praise I Am That I Am… Continue Reading “A Brief Response to Praise I Am That I Am by a “Disgruntled Apostate””

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”

Book Review: ‘Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery?’ by Joshua Bowen

Author: Joshua BowenBook: Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery?Publisher: Digital Hammurabi PressYear: 2020Total Page Count: 243Price: $19.99 (print) I. INTRODUCTION “Slavery in the Bible,” writes biblical scholar Wil Gafney, “represents more than the ubiquity of slavery in the ancient world; it represents the theological bulwark on which the Atlantic slave… Continue Reading “Book Review: ‘Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery?’ by Joshua Bowen”

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’”

Digital Hammurabi: Textual Criticism (4): Textual Criticism and the Greek New Testament

Yesterday I posted a link to the third video in Dr. Joshua Bowen’s series on the topic of textual criticism where he discussed some of the methods and rules utilized by textual critics when they engage in their craft. In the final video of… Continue Reading “Digital Hammurabi: Textual Criticism (4): Textual Criticism and the Greek New Testament”

Digital Hammurabi: Textual Criticism (3): Textual Criticism and the Hebrew Bible

Yesterday I posted a link to the second video in Dr. Joshua Bowen’s series on the topic of textual criticism where he discussed some of the methods and rules utilized by textual critics when they engage in their craft. In the next video Bowen… Continue Reading “Digital Hammurabi: Textual Criticism (3): Textual Criticism and the Hebrew Bible”