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March 24, 2010
Asherah, God's Wife in Ancient Israel. Part IV
One of the most important deities that many, if not most, ancient Israelites worshiped was...
March 21, 2010
God, Gods, and Sons (and Daughters) of God in the Hebrew Bible. Part III
This historical reconstruction [that El was originally Israel's chief deity, and YHWH was originally his...
March 19, 2010
When Jehovah Was Not the God of the Old Testament. Part II
As the very name Israel might indicate on account of its theophoric element el (אל),...
March 16, 2010
Does the Old Testament Teach Absolute Monotheism? Part I
Introduction: Was Ancient Israel Monotheistic? Western Society is perhaps more indebted to the Hebrew Bible...
February 05, 2010
Discussion and Implications of the New Perspective(s) on Paul (NPP)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is God's power for salvation...
February 03, 2010
Teaching and Discussing the Flood
In this weeks Sunday School lesson we will be discussing Noah. I love this story....
January 24, 2010
Insights from Names of Deity
Rabbinic commentators have sought to better understand the nature of God by exploring the implications...
January 10, 2010
The Halakic Jesus
John Meier's fourth volume of A Marginal Jew came out last spring, and is focused...
January 05, 2010
Child Sacrifice, A Traditional Religious Practice in Ancient Israel?
Scholars continue to debate a number of important issues concerning the nature of human (child)...
November 27, 2009
OTFTW 2: Is the King James a Good Translation
Before discussing my 3 Bible suggestions from OTFTW 1, we need to discuss the KJV...
October 13, 2009
The Mormon Rawls Project: The Original Position and the Council in Heaven I
Authors note: The following is the second in my Mormon Rawls Project Series. It is...
August 11, 2009
Michel Foucault traces the West's shift in concern from sexual acts to sexual desires to...
August 04, 2009
The Good Samaritan as The Other
The parable of the Good Samaritan is well known and much beloved. The image of...
July 22, 2009
Is Greed Good?
This is the topic for the newest Public Square discussion over at Patheos. I particularly...
June 27, 2009
Mormon Halacha and Common Law
In kosher law, wine is only kosher when it has been produced and handled by...
June 25, 2009
Brand Spanking New
Like many Christians I like to read and re-read Romans 5-8. Paul uses very vivid...
June 18, 2009
The Formation of the Gods
I have suggested before in more oblique ways that the humanist account of the stable...
June 05, 2009
Women as the True Disciples and Apostles of Christ in the Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Mark, written c. 65-70 C.E., is the earliest of the four gospels...
June 01, 2009
Neither Male Nor Female
Galatians 3:28 is certainly the most important biblical text in feminist and anti-feminist interpretation in...
May 04, 2009
Wait, that’s in the Bible?! Celestial Sex
Background/The Divine Council This post (yes, I know the title is rather provocative) was inspired...
May 03, 2009
Wait, that’s (not) in the Bible?! Creation Ex Nihilo, Israelite Cosmology, and Science
As I have discussed in a series of posts on creation in Genesis 1-3 (see:...
April 29, 2009
Wait, that’s in the Bible?! Israelite Polytheism or Monotheism?
God ['elohim] has taken his place in the divine council ['adat 'el]; in the midst...
April 26, 2009
Wait, that’s (not) in the Bible?! Satan and Evil
In much of the modern Judeo-Christian tradition, including LDS Christianity, Satan is seen as the...
April 25, 2009
Wait, that’s (not) in the Bible?! God’s Omniscience
There is an interesting tradition found in many biblical texts that affirms that Yahweh, the...
April 17, 2009
A Feminist Response to Valerie Hudson
Valerie Hudson Cassler’s recent defense of heterosexual-only marriage offers a heteronormative account of human relationships...
April 15, 2009
This important title, often found in connection with name 'El, is found in several biblical...
April 10, 2009
Jesus in Hell!
At the end of Good Friday, we'd like to commemorate Christ's descent into hell. Christ's...
March 23, 2009
Enos Envy and Psychospiritual Development
The Book of Mormon's first-person story of Enos, the inheritor of the prophetic mantle who...
March 04, 2009
Misrecognition is one of those important terms in anthropology that is so useful that you...
February 27, 2009
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