Tag Archives: Old Testament

What is the Documentary Hypothesis? A Short Introduction

Simply put, the Documentary Hypothesis is an explanation used in Biblical scholarship that helps to explain the difficulties experienced in the Old Testament. Evidence exists in the Old Testament that shows that the first five books in the Bible are … Continue reading

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Slave Laws in the Old Testament

Slave Laws in the Old Testament A comparison of Exodus 21, Deuteronomy 15, and Leviticus 25   Biblical law concerning slaves was similar to that of other Near Eastern nations. Slave labor was used for domestic service and thus made … Continue reading

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The Nephite Ark

Nephite Temple Worship Compared to Israelite Texts The following is a portion of an article by Don Bradley entitled “Piercing the Veil: Temple Worship in the Lost 116 Pages.” This was a presentation given at the FairMormon Conference in 2012. … Continue reading

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Why is Abraham is cutting up all these animals in Genesis 15?

Cutting Covenants This article is posted here on the BYU Religious Education website. Jared T. Parker is a product specialist coordinator in the medical division of W. L. Gore & Associates in Flagstaff, Arizona. Covenants have always been a critical … 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 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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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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