Yahweh and Satan in Samuel and Chronicles

| November 15, 2013

What follows is the pre-edited version of an article I wrote for Bible Study Magazine a couple years ago.1¬†As the publication title suggests, the magazine is aimed at the lay person. I usually contribute two pieces to each issue (roughly sixty articles so far). I hope that encourages readers to subscribe — but there’s a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dan McClellan on “What is Deity in Septuagint Deuteronomy?”

| April 14, 2011

Well, finally got around to re-reading Dan’s paper from SBL of last year.† I had attended the paper and taken notes, but I wanted to run through the paper once again. My thanks to Dan for sending me a copy (and for the heads up from Matt – and congrats to him and his wife […]