Tag Archives: Ancient Near East

The Merneptah Stele

Discovered in western Thebes, Egypt, in 1896 by W.F. Petrie, the hieroglyphic inscription on this stele from 1208 B.C.E. contains the earliest surviving reference to “Israel” outside of the text of the Bible. The text on the stele commemorates a … Continue reading

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Punning Around – Jacob and Laban’s Double Talk in Genesis

Genesis 29-31 is filled with puns. In fact, you could say that the Bible is filled with dad jokes. The problem is that many of these puns are lost in the translation of the text. Scott Noegel addresses some of … 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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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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