Category Archives: Messiness of scripture

On the other side of Jordan

Deuteronomy begins with the statement “These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness” (Deuteronomy 1:1, KJV) – something that can be confusing to readers. Why does it say “this side Jordan” … Continue reading

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What is the Documentary Hypothesis? A Short Introduction

Simply put, the Documentary Hypothesis is an explanation used in Biblical scholarship that helps to explain the difficulties experienced in the Old Testament. Evidence exists in the Old Testament that shows that the first five books in the Bible are … Continue reading

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Slave Laws in the Old Testament

Slave Laws in the Old Testament A comparison of Exodus 21, Deuteronomy 15, and Leviticus 25   Biblical law concerning slaves was similar to that of other Near Eastern nations. Slave labor was used for domestic service and thus made … Continue reading

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The Golden Calf, Moses, Aaron, and the Northern Priests of Israel

Two Kingdoms, Two Writers Exodus 32 is a story that shows that after Israel escapes Egypt that their first apostate is none other than Aaron, the High Priest. In this account Aaron gives in to the wishes of the people … Continue reading

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Stories told twice in the Bible

The doublets in the Pentateuch Have you ever read parts of the first five books of Moses in the Old Testament and thought, “Didn’t I just read this story? Why is it happening again?” Whether we are talking about the … Continue reading

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The Epic of Gilgamesh – Tablet XI

The Epic of Gilgamesh TABLET XI THE STORY OF THE FLOOD   Gilgamesh spoke to Utanapishtim, the Faraway: “I have been looking at you, but your appearance is not strange–you are like me! You yourself are not different–you are like … Continue reading

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Don’t Curse the Deaf! The Enchanted World of the Ancient Near East

The Enchanted World of the Ancient Near East One of the things we know as we study the world of the Ancient Near East (ANE) is that the association of religion with belief in the gods and the goddesses of … Continue reading

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How did Josiah change the religion of the Jewish nation?

What did the Deuteronomist reform? How did Josiah’s reign change the religion of the Israelites/The Kingdom of Judah? King Josiah changed the religion of Israel in the mid-seventh century BCE in several significant ways. According to the Old Testament account … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:39 Whosover shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also

Retaliation & Violence I believe that when we examine what the scriptures teach about resistance to evil, that the Savior does not teach that we should lie down and take it.  Certainly there are times in the scriptures when the … Continue reading

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Seeing the composition of the Gospel of John

Possible Constructions of The Gospel of John According to Marie-Émile Boismard, the Gospel of John may have gone through four hypothetical stages of composition. Each stage is intricately involved with the life of the Johannine community: Document C. This was … Continue reading

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