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Old Testament

the Bible is like . . . a room of wise elders . . .

Posted by PeteEnns on February 1, 2017 in nature of the Bible Old Testament 5 Comments

Below is a quote from Kent Sparks’s “Genesis 1-11 as Ancient Historiography,” which is his contribution to the 2015 book Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?, one of Zondervan’s many Counterpoints books, where multiple perspectives are offered on a given subject. The other contributors are James K. Hoffmeier (Wheaton College) and Gordon J. Wenham (Trinity College, Bristol, England,

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What Christmas in “Christian America” tells us about how ancient Israelites worshiped God

Posted by PeteEnns on December 12, 2016 in Bible and culture/current events Old Testament 15 Comments

Christmas in America is a national holiday woven into a secular liturgical year, with little authentic religious significance for many/most of those who celebrate it. It’s commercialized nonsense, a vehicle for reaching quarterly profit margins. Christmas means malls, car commercials, and some very dumb Christmas specials. OK, rant over. We all know this, and pointing it out is as insightful

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reading Genesis like adults

Posted by PeteEnns on July 18, 2016 in nature of the Bible Old Testament 50 Comments

Over a hundred years ago, German-and-therefore-evil-and-easily-dismissible-Old-Testament-scholar Hermann Gunkel (1862-1932), the dapper gentleman pictured to the left, wrote the following about Genesis: A child, indeed, unable to distinguish between reality and poetry, loses something when it is told that its dearest stories are “not true.” But the modern theologian should be further developed. The evangelical churches

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