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Did the story recounted in 1 Sam. 28 really happen? Wherever you come down on this, you’re going to be in good company. Smelik, “The Witch of Endor: I Samuel 28 in Rabbinic and Christian Exegesis…Continue
In the OT there are a number of passages and situations where God withholds rain from countries and causes droughts and famines especially to show his disapproval toward those nations sin and…Continue
I sometimes think that when I write about “context” not everyone is on the same page. In ordinary language a given knowledge-ascribing sentence can express different propositions in different…Continue
I'm a little loathe to bring up apocalyptic writers and such. We've probably all seen our fair share of Hal Lindsey's come up to the plate, strike out, only to continue writing books and making…Continue
I've been thinking about this issue for the last few days: Do we assign the same authority to Paul's letters that we do to Jesus' words in the Gospels? Specifically, Jesus instituted several…Continue
[Emil] Cioran ... intensifies the Sartrean theme that ‘hell is other people’ by rendering it into a virtue: he asserts that ‘we are here to make each other wretched, and that to rebel against this…Continue
The prologue to Luke's gospel refers, in Luke 1:3, to his "investigating everything carefully from the very first" (NRSV). The oral and written accounts of decades-old events that he gathered before…Continue
I've had a lot of fun playing this PC game the past year or so and would recommend it to anyone that likes strategy games or even "role playing games and for anyone interested there's a review link…Continue
I am afraid that I have been around academic theology so long that the notion that there is a definite cleavage between the teaching of Paul and Jesus seems to be my own de facto view. It is,…Continue
While researching another subject I am working on (2nd Temple Judaism) I came across an interesting claim that the factor by which scholars currently judge whether a document among the Dead Sea…Continue
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