Category: Genesis

Paula Fredriksen: Paul’s Ninth Symphony and His “Ode to Joy”

Paula Fredriksen, Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017), 160-161. If the letter to the Romans is Paul’s Ninth Symphony, Romans 11.11 begins its fourth movement, Paul’s own “Ode to Joy.” Alle Menschen werden Brüder, and the apostle, divining God’s… Continue Reading “Paula Fredriksen: Paul’s Ninth Symphony and His “Ode to Joy””

Wayne Pitard: Garbled Facts in Oral Tradition and the Book of Genesis

Wayne T. Pitard, “Before Israel: Syria-Palestine in the Bronze Age,” in The Oxford History of the Biblical World, Michael D. Coogan, editor (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 27. There are many reasons to be skeptical of [the Patriarchal] narratives as historically accurate accounts of… Continue Reading “Wayne Pitard: Garbled Facts in Oral Tradition and the Book of Genesis”

Invasion of the Bible Snatchers – Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – In the Beginning

To see other posts in this series, please go to the series’ page. Among the most memorable and iconic verses from the King James Bible is the one with which it begins: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Other… Continue Reading “Invasion of the Bible Snatchers – Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – In the Beginning”

Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – Light and Darkness

To see other posts in this series, please go to the series’ page. Next in Ray Comfort’s Scientific Facts in the Bible, the apologist asserts that Job 38:19 (“Where is the way to the dwelling of light?” [NKJV]) is speaking of the speed of light:  Man… Continue Reading “Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – Light and Darkness”

Jay Williams on The Serpent of Genesis 3 and the Tree of Life

Over at the website The Bible and Interpretation there is a piece by religious scholar Jay Williams on “Eden, the Tree of Life, and the Wisdom of the Serpent.” It is at once both a very interesting and very bizarre piece. Williams points out not long… Continue Reading “Jay Williams on The Serpent of Genesis 3 and the Tree of Life”

Michael D. Coogan: The Content Differences Between the Two Creation Accounts

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures (Oxford University Press, 2014), 40-41. There are…important differences in content [between the two creation accounts]. For example, the first account of creation opens with a watery chaos; in the second,… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Content Differences Between the Two Creation Accounts”

The Weekly Roundup – 10.25.19

Note: This will be the final Weekly Roundup of 2019. Claude Mariottini recently posted a piece explaining why the common Christian interpretation of Melchizedek as a Christophany doesn’t add up and serves to undermine the claims made in the book of Hebrews that Jesus… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 10.25.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 9.20.19

“This is the only life that we know we get: use it in the best way you know how. Don’t wait around for a bonus life that may never come.” -@Paulogia0 @Paulogia0 published a video entitled “Why I am Not a Christian” over at… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 9.20.19”

Quora Questions w/the Amateur Exegete: #2 – God and the Plural in Genesis

Texts discussed: Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:7; 1 Kings 22:19-23; Job 1:6, 38:7; Psalm 82:1. Recommended reading: Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2014), 38. Mark S. Smith, The Priestly Vision… Continue Reading “Quora Questions w/the Amateur Exegete: #2 – God and the Plural in Genesis”

Quora Questions w/the Amateur Exegete: #1 – The Creation of Animals in Genesis 1 and 2

I don’t do a whole lot with my YouTube channel but I really ought to change that. So this is (hopefully) the first of many videos offering my amateurish answers to various biblical studies related questions over at Quora. My goal is to keep… Continue Reading “Quora Questions w/the Amateur Exegete: #1 – The Creation of Animals in Genesis 1 and 2”