Old Testament

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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brief Bible thought: is there resurrection from the dead in the Old Testament?

Posted by PeteEnns on February 9, 2015 in biblical theology Old Testament The Bible Tells Me So The Evolution of Adam 23 Comments

Is there resurrection from the dead in the Old Testament? No. Not really. Well, sort of. O.K., yes, but it depends on how you look at it. Resurrection is pretty central to the New Testament, in case you haven’t noticed. Yet searching for that kind of resurrection it in the Old Testament makes you come up basically

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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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Exodus: Gods and Kings–unless you’re a biased blasphemer, the movie is utterly historically plausible

Posted by PeteEnns on December 17, 2014 in book notes and reviews Old Testament 80 Comments

I just saw Exodus: Gods and Kings, preparing myself for 2’20” of absolute nonsense, judging by most of the reviews I’ve read. But I honestly don’t know what all the fuss was about. I found the movie to be amazingly accurate, or at least plausible and possibly accurate. The critics are wrong. First, I think

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Jacob L. Wright on the Bible’s Prehistoy, Purpose, and Political Future (video)

Posted by PeteEnns on July 19, 2014 in Old Testament No Comments

Here is a short video by Jacob L. Wright, professor of Hebrew Bible at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of King David and His Reign Revisited (see here) as an interactive iBook, and an expanded version with Cambridge University Press (David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory). This

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was David really a king? two recent books explore his life

Posted by PeteEnns on March 1, 2014 in book notes and reviews Old Testament No Comments

I’m reading together two recent books that explore the live of King David: Joel Baden’s The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero and Jacob L. Wright’s King David and His Reign Revisited. The latter is available now in iBooks and will soon be available from Cambridge University Press. Neither book is for raw beginners,

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genealogies of the Hebrew Patriarchs (Canadian Lamoureux on genealogies part 4)

Posted by PeteEnns on February 24, 2014 in guest posts Old Testament No Comments

Today we continue with part 4 of a 6-part audio-slide series by Denis Lamoureux on biblical genealogies. Before we begin, however, I need to say how much I hate Denis at this very moment, seeing that he sent me a rather gloating email concerning the Canadian hockey team’s unexpected–some might even say questionable–win over the American team in the Olympics. Would that we

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everybody…put the camel bones down and step away before someone gets hurt

Posted by PeteEnns on February 19, 2014 in nature of the Bible Old Testament 51 Comments

Camel bones and the Bible have made the news lately, as in this online article, which is pretty sober and worth reading. The scholarly article that started all this recent hubbub can be found here, which sports the perfectly boring scholarly title “The Introduction of Domestic Camels into the Southern Levant: Evidence from the Aravah

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