Anti-Semitic Bible Study

| February 1, 2013

I often get asked about the “true pronunciation of the divine name” or “the authentic meaning of YHWH, the Tetragrammaton.” I’ve often wondered why people care — why is it that they can’t be content with the scholarly convention of “Yahweh” in this regard, especially if they aren’t scholars, the people who typically argue about […]

Naked Bible Podcast Episode 023: Legal Genre

| August 25, 2012

In the last episode of our series on studying the Bible, we transitioned to an important area of study: learning to read the Bible in terms of the various types of literature found in its pages. Our first example concerned reading narrative, where I recommended reading biblical stories like fiction — like you would read a […]

Moses and the Law of Moses in the New Testament

| March 20, 2012

In this final post on the issue of the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch, I want to examine a couple items in the New Testament. As noted before, my position is that “law of Moses” is an appropriate designation for the Torah/Pentateuch despite sound evidence that Moses did not write all or even most of […]

Mosaic Authorship of the Pentateuch: Changes in Law in Deuteronomy

| March 6, 2012

In my previous post on JEDP I said this post would be my last on that topic. In the intervening days I told someone in the comments page that I would add a post to the topic – the best example I can think of for changes made in OT law between Exodus and Deuteronomy. […]

Mosaic Authorship of the Torah: Problems with the Documentary Hypothesis (JEDP), Part 2

| February 24, 2012

I am presuming that most of you have given Friedman’s Chapter 2 (from Who Wrote the Bible?)  a read-through by now. I wanted to post a couple quick thoughts on why his description, though accurately describing the theory, actually makes me suspicious of the approach. For our purposes here, I’m not going to get into […]