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book notes and reviews

7 problems with a recent evangelical defense of the historicity of Genesis 1-11

Posted by PeteEnns on May 26, 2015 in book notes and reviews Evangelicalism Old Testament 168 Comments

Zondervan’s latest volume in their popular “Counterpoints” series concerns the historicity of Genesis 1-11, Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?: Three Views on the Bible’s Earliest Chapters. The three well-known contributors are James Hoffmeier (Trinity International University), Kent Sparks (Eastern University), and Gordan Wenham (Trinity College and University of Gloucestershire). The editor, Charles Halton, summarizes the differences between them: Professor

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Did the Exodus Happen? How “Historical Evidence” Might or Might Not Help

Posted by PeteEnns on April 10, 2015 in book notes and reviews defending the faith Old Testament 15 Comments

by Jared Byas Last week the Wall Street Journal published an article (by Joshua Berman) suggesting the biblical exodus might have its root in an historical event. This isn’t exactly new, but what interested me was the primary reason given— the biblical text seems to be appropriating some Ramesses II propaganda (discovered early in the 20th century)

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reviewing two reviews of “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” (3)

Posted by PeteEnns on February 20, 2015 in book notes and reviews Old Testament 20 Comments

The recently released documentary “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” attempts to redirect the modern scholarly discussion of the historicity of the exodus by revealing evidence that mainstream scholars “don’t want the world to see–because it could cause them to shift their long-held positions.” The stated justification for the film, however, is not so much scholarly as it

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“Patterns of Evidence” and patterns of culture-war rhetoric: (2)

Posted by PeteEnns on February 17, 2015 in book notes and reviews Old Testament 27 Comments

Today’s post is the second of three on the recently released documentary “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.” As I said in my first post, the concern I have is with the culture-war rhetoric the documentary seems to promote concerning the historical reliability of the exodus story. Below is the rationale for making this documentary taken from the film’s website. Stated are: The Problem,

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First of all, there is no conspiracy. A review of “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” (1)

Posted by PeteEnns on February 16, 2015 in book notes and reviews Old Testament 44 Comments

I’ve been asked a few times in recent weeks if I would comment on the recently released documentary Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.   I wasn’t able to see the film, since it has not been widely released, but I perused the film’s website, watched trailers, and read reactions. It struck me rather quickly that the film would likely

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the Bible’s mythic worldview and why you should care (a brief review of a new book)

Posted by PeteEnns on January 19, 2015 in biblical theology book notes and reviews Old Testament 26 Comments

Do you want a book that describes how the biblical writers themselves actually understood the cosmos? Of course you do. What a dumb question. Well, do you want that book to deal honestly with ancient data instead of “defending” the Bible, while at the same time being sensitive to more conservative readers? Sure you do. And

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Saying Yes to the Bible, and No to Biblicism (in post-Christendom Christianity)

Posted by PeteEnns on December 21, 2014 in book notes and reviews Christian faith and life 58 Comments

The following is an extended excerpt from Addison Hodges Hart’s new book Strangers and Pilgrims Once More: Being Disciples of Jesus in a Post-Christendom World, specifically, chapter 3 “Saying Yes to the Bible, and No to Biblicism” (part 1, pages 57-63). Eerdmans was kind enough to send me a word file of these pages, lest my wrists

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