Monthly Archives: August 2018

The Epic of Gilgamesh – Tablet XI

The Epic of Gilgamesh TABLET XI THE STORY OF THE FLOOD   Gilgamesh spoke to Utanapishtim, the Faraway: “I have been looking at you, but your appearance is not strange–you are like me! You yourself are not different–you are like … Continue reading

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Genesis 6-9 RSV with sources revealed

The Flood narrative as a composite text The Flood narrative is an account of two sources, the Priestly and the Yahwist (P and J) – each with their distinct views about God, the flood, and how this story fits into … Continue reading

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Sect of “The Way”, “The Nazarenes” & “Christians” : Names given to the Early Church

This is a great post on how the early Christians were viewed in the first century, highlighting that they were named Christians, Followers of The Way, and Nazarenes. Truly the first century church consisted of Jews. These Jews believed Jesus … Continue reading

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Don’t Curse the Deaf! The Enchanted World of the Ancient Near East

The Enchanted World of the Ancient Near East One of the things we know as we study the world of the Ancient Near East (ANE) is that the association of religion with belief in the gods and the goddesses of … Continue reading

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Jesus – The Misunderstood Messiah in the Gospel of Mark

One of the themes throughout the gospel of Mark is that Jesus is the Messiah, and that those who meet Jesus do not understand this fact. Who knows that Jesus is the Son of God? Clearly God the Father knows … Continue reading

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Mark 10:41 Why were the ten displeased with James and John?

One of the themes of Mark is misunderstanding. It seems that nobody really figures out who Jesus is in the text except for the author and you the reader. Everyone else seems to be in the dark regarding Jesus. Jesus … Continue reading

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How did Josiah change the religion of the Jewish nation?

What did the Deuteronomist reform? How did Josiah’s reign change the religion of the Israelites/The Kingdom of Judah? King Josiah changed the religion of Israel in the mid-seventh century BCE in several significant ways. According to the Old Testament account … Continue reading

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