My Thoughts on Nephilim: Answering a Criticism

| March 7, 2013

Some readers have drawn my attention to this recent criticism of my understanding of the morphology of the word nephilim. I left some comments on that blog site, but thought it would be worth a post here. I’ll try to be brief (stop laughing). First, it is true that most scholars see nephilim (spelled npylym […]

Naked Bible Podcast Episode 024: The Bible’s Literary Context: Historical Annals

| September 10, 2012

In the last podcast episode we continued our series on studying the Bible in a way that amounts to more than reading by taking a look at the legal genre in Old Testament books. This time I focus on another genre – military annals. I think the best way of illustrating how this genre can […]

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 Torah: Problems with the Documentary Hypothesis (JEDP), Part 3

| March 3, 2012

I’m thinking this will be my next-to-last post on JEDP. The topic has not generated much discussion, so I’m going to move on.  Can’t say I’m surprised. I’m not all that interested in composition of the Pentateuch myself. Toward the end I’ll sketch what I think. In this post I want to just give you […]

Mosaic Authorship of the Torah: Problems with the Documentary Hypothesis (JEDP), Part 1

| February 16, 2012

In my last several posts on this topic, I have tried to demonstrate via the data of the text of the Hebrew Bible why it is reasonable to argue (from the text) that Moses did not write all or perhaps even most of the Pentateuch (Torah). I have made it clear, though, that I don’t […]