Plato and the Creation of the Hebrew Bible – — Vridar

Here are all the posts I have completed so far on Russell Gmirkin’s book, Plato and the Creation of the Hebrew Bible. You can also read an extended abstract or chapter by chapter outline by Gmirkin himself on his academia.edu page. As you can see I have not yet begun to post anything on the…

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Billionaire Logic and the Death of JFK / 4 — — Vridar

1. Billionaire Logic and the Death of JFK 2. Billionaire Logic and the Death of JFK / 2 — 3. Billionaire Logic and the Death of JFK / 3 — Part 4 of Greg Doudna‘s the interview with John Curington. 21 more words

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Book Review: The Complete Greek Drama: Volume One

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The Complete Drama:  All The Extant Tragedies Of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, And The Comedies Of Aristophanes And Menander, In A Variety Of Translations:  Volume One, edited by Whitney J. Oates and Eugene O’Neill, Jr.

This book certainly lives up to its name.  It indeed includes half of the extant dramas extending from the fifth to the third centuries, namely all of the surviving tragedies of Aeschylus and Sophocles and a bit more than half of the dramas of Euripides.  It is striking just how fragmentary this collection of plays is.  To be sure, the plays included are among the most famous ancient Greek plays in existence.  The plays of Aeschylus are as follows:  The Suppliants, The Persians, The Seven Against Thebes, Prometius Bound, Agememnon, The Choephori, and The Eumenides, the last three of which, the Orestia, are the only known complete trilogy of ancient Greek tragedies in existence.  The…

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Communio Sanctorum: Confronting Radical Analytical Theology with Radical Participationist-Dialogical Theology

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Greg Boyd and the Genocidal God

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In his book Crucifixion of the Warrior God, Gregory Boyd seeks to deals with the many texts in the Old Testament that portray God as a violent deity. As the subtitle of his book declares, he is Interpreting the Old Testament’s Violent Portraits of God in Light of the Cross. Boyd offers an extensive study of the many Old Testament texts where violence is present. He declares that only the self-sacrificing death of Christ on the cross can offer an explanation for the proper understanding of these “texts of terror.”

Divine Genocide

One of the many issues Boyd addresses in his book is the problem of genocide. In Chapter 19, titled “Defending Divine Genocide: The Inadequacy of Traditional Defenses of the Conquest Narrative,” Boyd deals with the concept of ḥērem, calling it “genocidal (2017: 920). According to Boyd, the command to destroy the Canaanites was the result…

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Two Foundation Stories: Dan by the Danites, Massilia by the Greeks — Vridar

A first century Greek named Strabo documented an account he heard or read on the founding of a colony at present day Marseilles, southern France. The founders were from the Greek city-state of Phocaea, present day Foça on the Turkish coast. The date of the founding was around 600 BCE. In 2005 Vetus Testamentum published…

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God’s Knitting Needles Revealed in the Creation of Mike Trout?

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The satire site, The Babylon Bee, published a fiction piece earlier this year in which Ken Ham claimed that Mike Trout’s amazing baseball abilities are the best evidence we have of intelligent design. The Bee’s clever satire got me thinking about the nature of God’s contingent actions in the world which have traditionally been identified as special providence,miracles and creative acts.  

I, and all Christians, would affirm that God made Mike Trout.  We could make the same claim about Mike Trout that the Psalmist made about his own origins: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13 NIV)  We could say that Mike Trout, you and I are all the result of Intelligent Design broadly defined.

By Keith Allison on Flickr – Originally posted to Flickr as “Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27)”, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15875121

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