Category Archives: Messiness of scripture

Monolatry in the Old Testament

Monolatry is all over the text of the Old Testament. This has to do with the idea of God in the Old Testament, an idea that there are many gods in the world of the Ancient Near East, but only … Continue reading

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The problem with numbers in the Old Testament

There are all kinds of problems with the Old Testament if you are looking for this text to behave like a history book. To me, the narratives in this text are not always to be read literally, nor are they … Continue reading

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Is Balaam a good guy or a bad guy?

Compare Numbers 22-24 and Micah 6:5 to Numbers 31:8, 16; Deuteronomy 23:4-5; Joshua 24:9-10; Nehemiah 13:2, 2 Peter 2:15, Jude 1:11, and Revelation 2:14 Numbers 31:16 (a priestly text) is the only verse in the Old Testament that attributes the … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Truths are Hidden in the Scriptures

Lord’s Truths Are Hidden in the Scriptures From the Insincere For His own reasons, the Lord provides answers to some questions, with pieces placed here and there throughout the scriptures. We are to find them; we are to earn them. … Continue reading

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Whose staff is it anyway?

Who is in charge? Who owns this staff? Is this Moses’ staff or Aaron’s staff or God’s staff? (Exodus 4:2, 7:15, 17:20, 9:23, 10:13 versus Exodus 7:9-12, 7:19 versus Exodus 4:20) Exodus 4:2, 7:15, 7:20, 9:23, and 10:13 all indicate … Continue reading

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Will the real priests please stand up: A rivalry between the House of Aaron and the Levites

Does Jehovah choose only the direct descendants of Aaron as priests OR all of the tribe of Levi? (Exodus 28:1, 28:41, 29:1-9, 40:12-16; Leviticus 1-8; Numbers 3:1-9, 25:10-12 versus Exodus 32 and Deuteronomy 18:1-8) “Bring Aaron, your brother, forward to … Continue reading

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Slaves were commanded to be good slaves in the Bible?

Slaves be obedient to your masters! Texts: 1 Corinthians 7:20-22; Ephesians 6:5-9; 1 Timothy 6:1-2; Titus 2:9-10; 2 Peter 2:18-19 I like to remind students that the Bible was written by actual people that lived in a certain time and … Continue reading

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