Did the Religion of the Biblical Writers Evolve from Polytheism to Monotheism? A Paper and Response to Thom Stark

| November 27, 2011

[Note: For other posts on Mike’s work on the divine council, click here for the archive.] Here is my second ETS paper, entitled, “Does Divine Plurality in the Hebrew Bible Demonstrate an Evolution from Polytheism to Monotheism?” My answer is “no, and the question is somewhat misguided.” The paper was an invited one; it was […]

The Name Theology in Israelite Religion

| November 27, 2011

Here is the first of my two ETS papers, “The Name Theology in Israelite Religion.” Hope you find it interesting. I think it’s a good succinct summary of the history of the discussion. Of course I throw my own two cents in toward the end. The second paper on the question of the alleged evolution […]

On Using Rabbinic Material to Interpret the New Testament

| November 25, 2011

I’m still in the process of getting things together for the posting of my ETS papers (both of which were well received). I’ll have that ready by the end of the weekend. However, I decided to post something else that I have recently run into. I’m not sure why it hasn’t occurred to me before, […]

All Commentaries are Not Created Equal, Part 4

| November 12, 2011

This is actually a short follow-up to Part 3, where I recommended some commentary sets. In that post I had two links to web pages on the Denver Seminary website to their own commentary recommendations. I have gone through that site and highlighted the volumes I have used and can recommend as useful — though […]

Annual ETS and SBL Meetings Right Around the Corner

| November 5, 2011

I’ll be in San Francisco for the annual scholarly society meetings very soon. The meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) is first (Nov 16-18) followed by the meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL; Nov 19-22). Other societies piggy-back on those two major events (e.g., NEAS, IBR, ASOR). I’ll be reading two papers […]