Monthly Archives: May 2011

Davies and Post-Exilic Israel

I’m rereading Philip Davies’ Scribes and Schools.  Here are three items: 1. On pages 63-64, Davies argues that scribal activity continued in Judah during the exile—since “Taxes, records, and correspondence were still needed”—but that the scribes in Judah were overwhelmed … Continue reading

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Crunch Time!

I’ll be leaving for New York City today, since I’ll be taking my Hebrew Bible comprehensive examination tomorrow. I’m hoping that my books and notes will fit into my backpack! Yesterday, I took a particular approach to studying: I researched … Continue reading

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Levenson on John 3:16, Von Rad, and Redactors

In this post, I’ll be going through Jon Levenson’s The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and Historical Criticism and highlighting passages that stood out to me. 1.  On pages 17-18, Levenson says that there is continuity and discontinuity between the … Continue reading

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My Experience with The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and Historical Criticism

I’m reading Jon Levenson’s The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and Historical Criticism. If I wanted my friends and relatives outside of the realm of academic biblical studies to understand me better, I’d give them this book—or some variation of … Continue reading

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Never Alone

At church this morning, the sermon was good. It was about loneliness, and how Jesus Christ lives inside of us. As the hymn by the Gaithers goes: “Because he lives, I can face tomorrow. Because he lives, all fear is … Continue reading

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Mettinger on Mowinckel’s Critics

In this post, I’ll be looking at Tryggve Mettinger’s discussion of critiques of Sigmund Mowinckel in In Search of God. A significant element of Sigmund Mowinckel’s interpretation of the Psalms was the autumn New Year’s festival, which was about the … Continue reading

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Don’t Interrupt the Exodus-Conquest Story!

My Hebrew Bible comp is rapidly approaching.  I have read a lot of books over these past five months, as my regular readers know.  But I have also read some book reviews.  This afternoon, I was reading Sam Wheeler’s review … Continue reading

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Completing Crusemann

I finished Frank Crusemann’s The Torah: Theology and Social History of Old Testament Law.  In this post, I’ll talk some about Crusemann’s dating of what he calls “The Priestly Writing”. On page 301, Crusemann states regarding P: “A picture of … Continue reading

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Psalm 26, Self-Righteousness, and the Company We Keep

For my weekly quiet time this week, I’ll be blogging about Psalm 26 and its interpreters. Psalms like this used to give me problems because the Psalmist appears to be so self-righteous in them.  And they appear to give others … Continue reading

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Crusemann on the Am Ha-Aretz, Real Law, and Asylum

I’m continuing my way through Frank Crusemann’s The Torah: Theology and Social History of Old Testament Law.  I have three items from today’s reading. 1. Crusemann highlights the role of the am ha-aretz (the people of the land) in promoting … Continue reading

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