Monthly Archives: June 2011

Peckham on Zephaniah and Ezekiel (and Their Editors)

For my write-up today of Brian Peckham’s History and Prophecy, I have two items: 1.  On page 472, Peckham states that “Zephaniah saw the whole known world being swept away and creation reverting to indiscriminate origins.” But did Zephaniah have … Continue reading

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Peckham’s Optimistic Jeremiah

For my write-up today on Brian Peckham’s History and Prophecy, I’ll start with a statement that he makes on page 395: “Despite the optimism of Jeremiah and his mentors, it soon became evident that the reform would have no long-range … Continue reading

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Peckham on the Deuteronomist, the Covenant, and P’s Cosmic Orientation

I have three items from my reading of Brian Peckham’s History and Prophecy: 1.  On page 345, Peckham states the following: “The plagues [of the Priestly writer] have to do with portents on land and sea and in the sky, … Continue reading

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Peckham on Isaiah’s Influence (and P)

I’m continuing my way through Brian Peckham’s History and Prophecy.  In this post, I’ll talk about Peckham’s summary on pages 254-255 of the Priestly writer, the Elohist, Micah, Jeremiah, and the Deuteronomistic History.  (Unless indicated otherwise, the quotes are from … Continue reading

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Peckham on Genesis 3, Rabshakeh Speaking Isaiah’s Words, and the Date of Amos and Hosea

I’m continuing my way through Brian Peckham’s History and Prophecy.  I have three items: 1.  On page 127, Peckham offers interesting insights on Genesis 2-3: “The tree of life (Gen 2:9) was ultimately beyond the reach of Man (Gen 3:22), … Continue reading

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Trinity Sunday

At church this morning, we honored both Trinity Sunday and also Father’s Day.  In seeking to explain how God could be three in one, the pastor essentially presented a modalist model: God is one person, but he reveals himself in … Continue reading

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Beginning Peckham’s History and Prophecy

I started Brian Peckham’s History and Prophecy.  On pages 8-9, Peckham states the following: “The next author to take a position was the author of II Isaiah.  This update emphasized points of disagreement between Isaiah and the Deuteronomist concerning history … Continue reading

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Neusner and the Historicity of Rabbinic Literature

In my post a few days ago about Seth Schwartz’s summary of trends in the field of rabbinics, I talked about Jacob Neusner, and how he was more skeptical than Israeli scholars about the value of rabbinic literature for the … Continue reading

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Psalm 29

For my weekly quiet time this week, I will blog about Psalm 29. Many academics would sneeze at Matthew Henry’s commentary, but one of his insights was actually my favorite thought that I encountered in my study of Psalm 29.  … Continue reading

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Reichman and Mishnah Zebahim 12:2-3

Yesterday, I talked about Jacob Neusner’s treatment of Sifra Leviticus.  Essentially, Neusner believes that Sifra Leviticus was a third century C.E. attempt to ground certain items of the Mishnah in Scripture.  In Neusner’s scenario, the Mishnah came before Sifra Leviticus, … Continue reading

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