In Sorrow Shalt Thou Bring Forth Children

This little narrative describes opposition to the use of chloroform to ease the pain of delivery based on the divine decree that childbirth was to be painful. If it’s true, it’s one for the “stranger than fiction” file. I’ll try to run down more on it over the week. In the meantime, I see no author explicitly listed on the site I took it from, but the URL is here: (more…) Read more

Guest Post – Clothes Make the Man Part Two

This is the second part of the first post from Dan Belnap. Clothing and Definitions But the Garden story is not wholly concerned with nakedness, or rather remaining in a state of nakedness. There are also two scenes concerning the preparation and presentation of clothing. If nakedness represents the loss of one’s identity, which Adam and Eve have, then clothing represents one’s identity, and changes of clothing may represent new identities. It has long been recognized that clothing are powerful… Read more

Classical Figures in the Creation and Fall Narratives

Anthropopatheia is the name of the figure used to describe the ascription of human passions, actions, or attributes to God. Interestingly enough, at the time Bullinger was writing his Figures, another term for this was Condescension. Readers of the BoM will be familiar with the idea. Anyway, consider Gen 22:7 (more…) Read more

Secular Sam’s Guide to the Old Testament: The Septuagint

The Septuagint generally refers to the books of the Old Testament in their old Greek translation. Some scholars only use the term to refer to the Pentateuch section, although mostly the term is used to represent the Greek translation of the entire Old Testament. The correct pronunciation of the term, and the one used by Septuagint scholars, is SEP-tu-jent, the ultimate and penultimate syllables almost sounding as one. Most other folks, however, continue to pronounce the term sep-TU-a-jint. The origin… Read more

Christ the Mediate Creator

One of the interesting things about reading the last half of the NT is seeing how each author seems to “open up” OT language about God in order to include Christ. Since this is Creation Week at FPR, I thought I’d contribute a little something on the way the NT talks about Christ and creation. (more…) Read more

Guest Post: Clothes Make the Man – Part One

This is the first post of two from Dan Belnap. We greatly appreciate his contribution. One of the most fascinating scenes in the scriptures is that detailing the actors and exchanges found in the Garden of Eden. From their creation to their expulsion the actions and conversations experienced by Adam and Eve, these events continue to provide those of us living millennia later insights and knowledge concerning who we are and how God sees us. Of particular interest, is the… Read more

Introducing Guest-poster Dan Belnap

Dan is a colleague and is the sort of person who, when asked if they would like to publish an article on a blog, responds by saying, “Sure, I have five already written.” I love that. Here he is, in his own words: My name is Dan Belnap. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Chicago working on my degree in Northwest Semitics. I teach at BYU part time in Ancient Scripture. I am married, happily, with… Read more

Guest Post: What’s in a name?

Ben Spackman is well-known about the bloggernacle and he has kindly consented to write an article for us. He can also be found at Millenial Star. Thanks again, Ben. Names have meaning. As a result of their archaic or foreign origin, today’s English names are often simply a nice fashionable collection of sounds devoid of any inherent meaning to an English speaker. Many of our names thus have meaning that we’re unaware of. Thomas, for example, is anglicised Aramaic (via… Read more

Historical Jesus 3: The Criteria

Although the majority of our information about the historical Jesus comes from the Gospels, these sources cannot be used without care. They do not agree among themselves on matters important to the historian, large or small. How, then, shall we make our decisions? (more…) Read more

The Original Position and the Council of Heaven I

As a political philosopher, I often feel lost in the deeper and more detailed discussions about scripture, doctrine, and the ancient world. However, the pre-existence, particularly the concept of a council in heaven is of direct interest to me and my own political theory. Let me explain: (more…) Read more

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