Category Archives: Scriptures

Stories told twice in the Bible

The doublets in the Pentateuch Have you ever read parts of the first five books of Moses in the Old Testament and thought, “Didn’t I just read this story? Why is it happening again?” Whether we are talking about the … 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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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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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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What is going on in Revelation 7:2-4 with the 144,000?

Revelation 7:2-4 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the … Continue reading

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Seeing the composition of the Gospel of John

Possible Constructions of The Gospel of John According to Marie-Émile Boismard, the Gospel of John may have gone through four hypothetical stages of composition. Each stage is intricately involved with the life of the Johannine community: Document C. This was … Continue reading

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