Category: Blog Recommendation

Amateur Hour #4- Mirror Reading w/Michael, AKA Mira Scriptura

In this episode I have a conversation with Michael, AKA Mira Scriptura, on the subject of mirror reading, a technique used to reconstruct what the biblical authors were responding to in their writings.

My Appearance on ‘Apocalypse Here’

This past week I was invited to come on the YouTube channel Apocalypse Here to discuss the question, “What is the Bible?” The channel is run by Jon DePue and Laura Robinson, a pair of knowledgeable scholars who just happen to be married to… Continue Reading “My Appearance on ‘Apocalypse Here’”

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

Bibhistctxt takes on ‘The Exodus Decoded’

Bibhistctxt: The “Surprising Twist” in the Dating of the Song of Deborah

Biblical Historical Context, “Israelite Origins: The Song of Deborah” (8.10.20), biblicalhistoricalcontext.com. In a surprising twist, the consensus view of modern scholars dates the song to an earlier period than traditional views would. As we’ve seen, modern scholarship dates the written form of the song to the 12th/11th centuries… Continue Reading “Bibhistctxt: The “Surprising Twist” in the Dating of the Song of Deborah”

Bibhistctxt: Biblical Hebrew Isn’t Uniform

Biblical Historical Context, “Israelite Origins: The Song of Deborah” (8.10.20), biblicalhistoricalcontext.com. Using English translations of the Bible it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the uniform English we read represents a uniform Hebrew beneath it. What’s actually the case is that… Continue Reading “Bibhistctxt: Biblical Hebrew Isn’t Uniform”

The Song of Deborah and Israelite Origins: The Latest Post from @bibhistctxt

Over on his blog, blogger @bibhistctxt has posted the latest in his series on the origins of ancient Israel, this time covering the Song of Deborah found in Judges 5. There is a general consensus among scholars that the Song of Deborah is old, perhaps even one… Continue Reading “The Song of Deborah and Israelite Origins: The Latest Post from @bibhistctxt”

The Weekly Roundup – 2.21.20

What did ex-pagans and Jews expect when they became followers of Jesus? This is the question that Alex Finkelson addresses in his recent post “What kind of blessings did the churches inherit from Israel?” As Finkelson discusses, the various promises made to the patriarchs… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 2.21.20”

The Weekly Roundup – 7.5.19

I was finally able to listen to part 2 of “Pete ruins Exodus” over at the podcast The Bible for Normal People. As usual, great material looking at the beginning stages of Moses’ call to Egypt, including that bizarre scene in Exodus 4:24-26. The… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 7.5.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 6.21.19

@andrewmarkhenry of the YouTube channel Religion for Breakfast recently published a short video on the number 666 that appears in Revelation 13:18. Following most scholars, Henry notes that the number is likely an example of gematria, the practice of using the numerical values of… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 6.21.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 4.26.19

“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… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 4.26.19”