year-end reflection after about six years of blogging


What interests me is the foundations of the Judeo-Christian tradition.  The claim that the God the Israelites called YHWH revealed himself to them and made them his people draws me to the Hebrew Scriptures.  The claim that this God further disclosed the divine self to all people in Jesus, is key to my Messianic Gentile faith and interest in the New Testament.

However, these claims involve history.  We know more about history now because of archeological discoveries and the application of science to the texts and artifacts of the past.

Although I have a few degrees, I am not an academic.  I was a preacher and an administrator of churches and charities before I retired.  My reading now, which I report on in posts on this blog, is usually of books and articles by academics.

To people of faith academics seem like skeptics.  Often they are.  But even if they are…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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