Category: Moses

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”

Quora Questions w/the Amateur Exegete: #4 – The Proof for Mosaic Authorship of the Torah

Texts discussed: the Pentateuch; Exodus 17:14-16, 24:4; Ezra 3:2. Recommended reading: John Frederick Jansen, “Pentateuch,” in ‘The Oxford Companion to the Bible,’ Bruce M. Metzger and Michael D. Coogan, eds. (Oxford University Press, 1993), 580.

The Weekly Roundup – 6.7.19

“When Jesus calls Herod Antipas a ‘fox’ (Luke 13:32), most modern European readers will automatically think this means he considered Herod to be particularly clever or craft….The same association would naturally have occurred to a Greek reader in the 1st century. In Greek literature,… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 6.7.19”

The Towering Arrogance of Cheap Apologetics: Heather Schuldt, Moses, and the Documentary Hypothesis

“In the fall of 2018, the problem of Wellhausen’s teaching and his followers came to my attention while working on my master’s degree.” – Heather Schuldt on 10.28.181 When I was around ten or eleven I kept a red notebook filled with my musings… Continue Reading “The Towering Arrogance of Cheap Apologetics: Heather Schuldt, Moses, and the Documentary Hypothesis”

Michael D. Coogan: Three Different Versions of the Ten Commandments

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Literary and Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 123. It is important to note that the Bible contains three different versions of the Decalogue. The first is in Exodus 20.2-17; in its present form, it… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Three Different Versions of the Ten Commandments”

Michael D. Coogan: Embellishment in the Exodus Story

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Literary and Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 108. Given the importance of the Exodus, it is not surprising that the tendency to embellish what had originally occurred is evident among the accounts we… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Embellishment in the Exodus Story”

Michael D. Coogan: Tricking Yahweh

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Literary and Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 99. Following the narrative of the call of Moses in chapters 3.1-4.17 is a short passage (4.24-26) oddly inconsistent with the larger plot. Moses has finally… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Tricking Yahweh”

RC Apologist, the Documentary Hypothesis, and My Thoughts on His Response to My Recent Video

In one of his recent Theological Discussions, Reformed Christian Apologist watched my video responding to his “Documentary Hypothesis Debunked: Proving Mosaic Authorship” video and offered his own thoughts and commentary. I appreciate his taking the time to do so. Below you will find my… Continue Reading “RC Apologist, the Documentary Hypothesis, and My Thoughts on His Response to My Recent Video”

A Response to “The Documentary Hypothesis Debunked” by Reformed Christian Apologist

Back in August, YouTuber and Twitter user Reformed Christian Apologist published a video on his channel which attempted to debunk the Documentary Hypothesis. As one who finds the Hypothesis to be a compelling explanation for the origin of the Torah, I watched it with… Continue Reading “A Response to “The Documentary Hypothesis Debunked” by Reformed Christian Apologist”