Peterson, Leuchter and me in the middle


Over the last few days I have redone my desktop setup. I replaced my huge, noisy old tower with a four-inch by four-inch box. It is totally silent. What a difference a few years makes in technology!

Now that I’m back online, I want to backtrack a little before I finish up with Mark Leuchter’s The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity.

I read and reacted to Brian Peterson’s The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History about the Anathoth scribal tradition here , for instance.  The author saw my posts and has recently commented on some of them. He was very nice. He and I disagree about the dates for the conquest and the era of the Judges. But I did find much valuable insight in his book.

My view of the history of the Levant in the late Bronze Age considers what was possible given Egyptian hegemony. Egypt cared…

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My name is James Pate. 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. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also 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.
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