Category: Nevi’im

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”

Chuck Norris and the Prophet Jeremiah: Kipp Davis on Jeremiah’s Reputation in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Back in 2016, scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls Kipp Davis (PhD, University of Manchester) gave a lecture on the prophet Jeremiah that discusses the ancient figure’s reputation in literature other than the canonical book that bears his name, particularly in the DSS. The talk, “Forging… Continue Reading “Chuck Norris and the Prophet Jeremiah: Kipp Davis on Jeremiah’s Reputation in the Dead Sea Scrolls”

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”

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””

Yale Bible Study on First Isaiah

Those readers acquainted with biblical scholarship know that there is a general consensus that the book of Isaiah was not entirely penned by the eighth century BCE prophet. That the book underwent some kind of editing is virtually undisputed. For example, chs. 36-39 contain… Continue Reading “Yale Bible Study on First Isaiah”

Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – The Roots of the Mountains

To see other posts in this series, please go to the series’ page. If your upbringing was anything like mine, every Sunday morning, come rain or shine (but not blizzards), you were sitting in Sunday school hearing stories from the Bible. One of the many… Continue Reading “Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – The Roots of the Mountains”

Evangelical (Atheist) Eisegesis: Samson and the Lion

For similar posts, see “Evangelical (Atheist) Eisegesis.“ It seems like social media these days is little more than memes, and if you’re getting your Bible from memes, well, you should expect problems. Here is a recent one that appeared on Twitter.  I first came… Continue Reading “Evangelical (Atheist) Eisegesis: Samson and the Lion”

“Out of the Strong Came Sweetness” – Bees in Carcasses

I’ve recently started reading Robert Fagles’ translation of Virgil’s  Aeneid[1] for the first time,[2] beginning with the introduction to it written by the late classicist Bernard Knox. Knox traces Virgil’s works, beginning with his Eclogues, moving on to the Georgics, and concluding with the Aeneid. Concerning the Georgics, Knox notes… Continue Reading ““Out of the Strong Came Sweetness” – Bees in Carcasses”

Bart Ehrman: The Isaian Suffering Servant

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 113. Another reason for thinking Isaiah 53 does not refer to just one person, the future messiah who would die for sins, is that the passage describes… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: The Isaian Suffering Servant”

Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – The Circle of the Earth

To see other posts in this series, please go to the series’ page. Next in his Scientific Facts in the Bible, Ray Comfort claims that the biblical authors knew the earth was round at a time when most believed it to be flat. He quotes from… Continue Reading “Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – The Circle of the Earth”