Math and Genesis 5′s Genealogies

| March 12, 2014

In view of the recent post on the antediluvian genealogies, I thought some readers might be interested in mathematical attempts to decipher them. Here is a summary of the numbers in the genealogies in Genesis 5, excerpted from the Word Biblical Commentary (vol 1) by Gordon Wenham. The excerpt references a couple of studies. One […]

Camels in the Bible on Hump Day

| February 12, 2014

It’s Wednesday and, wouldn’t you know it, someone sent me a link to the following article: “Will Camel Discovery Break the Bible’s Back?” In case you’re not up on the problem of camels for the Bible (shame on you), here’s an excerpt: “. . . a scientific report [has] establish[ed] that camels, the basic mode […]

Links to Some Good Reviews of “Four Views on the Historical Adam”

| January 11, 2014

I’ve blogged before about the new Zondervan book, Four Views on the Historical Adam (ed. Matthew Barrett and Ardel Caneday). New Testament scholar Nijay Gupta has posted reviews of the first three of these views. They’re fair and thoughtful. The four views are as follows, with links to Nijay’s reviews included: (1) Lamoureux: Evolutionary Creation […]

Genesis 1:1-3 – Does Hebrew Grammar Matter for Understanding the Hebrew Scriptures?

| August 26, 2013

Stupid question? To anyone thinking clearly it is. There are, naturally, exceptions. It’s just unfortunate that you can find them in Christian ministries. Readers may recall that I have posted several items about the grammar and syntax of Genesis 1:1-3. One such post discussed the problem of the clauses in those first three verses – […]

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 […]