Old Testament

Long, Long Ago, in a Land Far, Far Away…. (What I’m Saying is the Bible is Really, Really Old)

Posted by PeteEnns on August 28, 2012 in nature of the Bible Old Testament No Comments

This is the eve of a significant event in Jewish history. 2532 years ago tomorrow, August 29, 520 BC, according to Haggai 1:1, God gave the command to rebuild Israel’s temple, destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BC. That’s a long time ago, is all I’m saying. Think about it. Just 1/5 of this length

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“And Always Let Your Context Be Your Guide”: Reading the Bible in Context

Posted by PeteEnns on August 2, 2012 in Genesis for Normal People Old Testament The Evolution of Adam violence of God No Comments

Over at Jesus Creed, the inveterate and insightful blogger “RJS” has begun a discussion of the role of historical context for biblical interpretation. RJS begins the post by talking about creation in the Bible vis-a-vis science, and rightly suggests that how one reads the biblical material is affected by how one understands the historical/literary context of Genesis.

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A Recent Book on the Bible You Really Oughta Read

Posted by PeteEnns on June 12, 2012 in book notes and reviews defending the faith nature of the Bible Old Testament No Comments

I just read The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (HarperOne, November 2011) by Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine, both of Vanderbilt University. I think it is a great resource for students of the Bible, I want to recommend it wholeheartedly. Running about 450 pages, this

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Review of C. John Collins’s “Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?”

Posted by PeteEnns on December 30, 2011 in book notes and reviews Christianity and evolution Old Testament No Comments

Here is a link to the December 2011 issue of the online journal, Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought. It contains a review by me of C. John Collins’s Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? Who They are and Why You Should Care (Crossway, 2011). Collins and I spoke at the same event in October (gathering

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