Category: Deuteronomy

The Weekly Roundup – 10.11.19

“So, reader be warned. Cultivating sensitivity to Christian anti-Judaism involves re-learning or at least re-thinking a body of material that “everybody knows.” Un-learning and re-learning, in my experience, is always challenging, often annoying, sometimes infuriating.” – Heather Thiessen. @AlchemistNon has constructed a moral argument… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 10.11.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 6.14.19

Candida Moss (University of Birmingham) wrote a piece back in March on Apollonius, the miracle-working son of God that is often compared to Jesus. In it Moss, a prolific writer and scholar, observes that many in the ancient Mediterannean were considered the son of this or… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 6.14.19”

Musings on Mark: The Markan Jesus on Divorce

“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her….” – Jesus In Mark 10:1-12 we read of an encounter between “some Pharisees” and Jesus over the question of divorce. They ask him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: The Markan Jesus on Divorce”

Michael D. Coogan: The Deuteronomic School

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 186. The Deuteronomic school, as we have seen, had connections with both the Levitical priesthood and the prophets. It continued to revise its core text, the… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Deuteronomic School”

Michael D. Coogan: Deuteronomy and the Law of the King

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 183-184. The “law of the king” [Deuteronomy 17:14-20] seems to have been written with specific kings in mind, especially as they are described in the book… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Deuteronomy and the Law of the King”

Matthew’s Vision of Jesus: Jesus is the New Israel

Many things could be said about the Gospel of Matthew but perhaps the most obvious is its attempt to portray Jesus as the new and better Israel. Let me explain. Throughout the book, the author either alludes to or explicitly cites biblical passages that… Continue Reading “Matthew’s Vision of Jesus: Jesus is the New Israel”