Tag 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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Genesis 6-9 RSV with sources revealed

The Flood narrative as a composite text The Flood narrative is an account of two sources, something that is explained by what biblical scholars call the Documentary Hypothesis. This hypothesis explains that two of the sources for this flood narrative … 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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The Construction of the Synoptic Gospels

The Construction of the Synoptic Gospels The Authors of the Synoptics used many sources Based on the evidence that scholars have produced in our day, it is evident that the authors of the gospels in the New Testament quoted from … Continue reading

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Reasons why Paul is so confusing (part 1)

Pauline Authorship There is consensus in modern scholarship that the letters to Timothy and Titus were written in Paul’s name but long after his death. 1 There is also a strong consensus among much of modern scholarship that there is … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 32:8-9 and the Sons of God

There is quite a bit going on in Deuteronomy 32, perhaps more than meets the eye when it is first read. First of all, it is worth noting that this text has a few variations and for good reason. Here … Continue reading

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The Facsimiles and Semitic Adaptation of Existing Sources

The Facsimiles and Semitic Adaptation of Existing Sources As found in Astronomy, Papyrus, and Covenant, edited by John Gee and Brian M. Hauglid, p. 107-30. Provo, Ut: Farms, 2005. This article points to known cases where Jewish authors adapted Egyptian … Continue reading

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