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March 26, 2010
Polytheism and Ancient Israel’s Canaanite Heritage. Part V
Of course, much of this [i.e., that Israel worshiped El and Asherah alongside YHWH] is...
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...
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)...
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 04, 2009
The Good Samaritan as The Other
The parable of the Good Samaritan is well known and much beloved. The image of...
June 27, 2009
Mormon Halacha and Common Law
In kosher law, wine is only kosher when it has been produced and handled by...
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...
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 15, 2009
This important title, often found in connection with name 'El, is found in several biblical...
February 24, 2009
Gender, Mormonism, and Transsexuality
The declaration that "gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity...
February 18, 2009
The Virtue of Pseudonymity
Blogs and bloggers are divided between those who use their real names, and those that...
February 11, 2009
King Benjamin Killed God
Jesus set up an impossible paradox when he explained that the two great commandments are...
February 02, 2009
“Listen, O Israel, Yahweh is our God, Yahweh is one.” Does the Bible Teach Radical Monotheism?
Deuteronomy 6.4-9, also known as the Shema because the first word of the passage in...
January 05, 2009
The Piety of Errant Scriptures
The errancy/innerrancy debate in biblical theology is often framed in terms of levels of "belief"...
December 29, 2008
Myth, Modernity, and Mormonism
The category of "myth" is arguably the most important for evaluating the Bible in the...
December 19, 2008
Christmas and Mary
1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun,...
December 17, 2008
The Divine Council
There has been serious discussion among Mormon scholars over the past several years regarding the...
November 20, 2008
The Trinity, Two Formulations
Yesterday, I heard St. Augustine's formulation of the Trinity. He gives it as a series...
October 22, 2008
The Promise of Genealogy
Genealogy is central to Mormon practice and identity. Coincidentally, genealogy is central to postmodern philosophy...
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