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June 03, 2013
Maimonides and a new Torah Scroll Controversy
My ears perked up when I heard the news that Mauro Perani, professor of Hebrew...
February 25, 2013
Israel’s Past Without the Bible
It may come as a surprise to some that there are texts from ancient Israel,...
May 26, 2012
LDS Correlated Lessons and the Hermeneutical model “PaRDeS”
I deeply respect the Jewish approach to the study of the scriptures. It is said...
September 09, 2011
On Biblical Scripture
The Problem What makes Biblical Scripture, Scripture for LDS Christians?* Historically one prominent model for...
August 16, 2011
The Flood: Global or Localized?
I would argue neither. With the rising tide of modern science, historical criticism, and other...
January 14, 2011
1 Enoch in Jude’s “Bible”: Issues of Canonicity and Scriptural Inspiration
Jude 1:5-7 (NRSV): Now I desire to remind you, though you are fully informed, that...
January 05, 2011
Isaiah 7:14 and Scriptural Hermeneutics
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and...
December 20, 2010
Scriptural Authority, Normativity, and Hermeneutics: Women and the Priesthood
Introduction  The Bible often privileges men as normative for what it means to be...
October 01, 2010
The Truth of Personal Narrative
Bart Ehrman has pointed out that the popular view of Paul and his conversion makes...
July 31, 2010
(Re)writing the Bible in Antiquity and Today
CANON The New Testament writers and early Church Fathers used the Septuagint (LXX) for proof...
July 27, 2010
The Hierarchy of Truth
Narratives wield a power measured not in historical accuracy but in effect on the reader....
March 29, 2010
My God Is Bigger Than Your God–Literally. Part VI
Although YHWH clearly was perceived by biblical authors in anthropomorphic terms, YHWH’s body was still...
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 11, 2010
JST part 2 (How's that for an exciting title?)
All right, so if the JST does not restore an original, pristine, historical text from...
January 07, 2010
The JST and the Hebrew Bible
Hello Faith Promoting Friends, Well, despite a glorious introduction as a new contributor, I’m afraid...
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...
June 19, 2009
Who sold Joseph?
A friend suggested that when confronting the problems of the Pentateuchal narrative, it's best to...
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...
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...
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