Category Archives: Old Testament

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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The Divided Kingdom

Date (BC) Israel (Northern Kingdom) Twenty monarchs, all were wicked.  Five dynasties were set up in Israel, all were short lived and ended by assassination or violence.  Seven monarchs were murdered, and 1 died of suicide. Judah (Southern Kingdom)  Twenty … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 32:8-9 and the Sons of God

There is quite a bit going on in Deuteronomy 32, perhaps more than meets the eye when it is first read. First of all, it is worth noting that this text has a few variations and for good reason. Here … Continue reading

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The god Zedek in the Ancient Near East

The god Zedek in the Ancient Near East The West Semitic deity Zedek, ‘Righteousness’, is found in the Old and New Testament in the personal names Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18; Hebrews 5:6; 6:20-7:17) and Adonizedek (Joshua 10:1), both Canaanite kings of … Continue reading

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Inspiration and Incarnation

Scripture is both human and divine First, that in the Bible the divine and human are blended. We must not regard the Bible as an absolutely perfect book in which God is Himself the author using human hands and brains … Continue reading

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Resheph – God of War, Pestilence, and the Underworld in the Hebrew Bible

Habbakuk 3 and the God Resheph in the Hebrew Bible Many bible translations have a tendency to mask the polytheistic nature of Israel’s commitment to Yahweh in the Hebrew scriptures. Throughout the Old Testament, clues exist to demonstrate the monolatrous … Continue reading

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Problems with Daniel 1

Daniel chapter 1 starts out making the following statement: In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into … Continue reading

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