History, Archaeology, and Faith

| February 15, 2013

The Bible Places Blog (BPB) draws our attention to a new book edited by James K. Hoffmeier and Dennis R. Magary entitled, Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?: A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture. It looks like a quality resource. It’s focus is on how biblical historicity matters for inspiration and […]

Israelite Kingship: Good or Bad in the Eyes of God?

| October 27, 2012

When God tells Samuel, Israel’s judge, to anoint a king for Israel according to their demands with the words “they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them” (1 Sam 8:7), many†Bible readers and students assume that the institution of kingship was theologically disallowed for Israel. That’s a common […]

V. P. Long and the Theological History of the Bible

| September 4, 2012

Last week in the office while I was gone we had Phil Long in for some filming of our own on the OT historical books and biblical historiography. I only got to spend two days with Phil due to my Nashville trip, but enjoyed the time. I regularly use portions of his excellent book, The […]

Biblical History, Biblical Fiction

| February 7, 2011

I thought I’d post two items that I have my ancient Israel class read each year. Both are from V. Philips Long’s important book, The Art of Biblical History. The first is the book’s introduction, which uses a painting and its interpretation as an analogy to the enterprise of the historian. It’s quite helpful. The […]

Historically-Conditioned Scriptures

| September 1, 2010

This short piece was posted by Larry Hurtado today.† Good food for thought, especially in the context of our (now old) discussion of inspiration (which we will revisit at some point).† Larry targets fundamentalists (read: black and white thinkers) on both the theologically conservative and liberal camps with this one. I haven’t read either of […]