Category Archives: Archaeology

Babel in the Enuma Elish

See my last post about the daily commentary I write. It was fun today in Genesis 11:1-9 to explore the relationship between the biblical story and the mythical version from the Enuma Elish. Many are unaware of the many parallels … Continue reading

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Beer and the Bible (and Sukkot)

I’ve been telling my congregants the wrong thing for some time now. Of course the subject of beer and the Bible comes up when you work with a community of close readers and fun-loving people. Deuteronomy 14:26 is just one … Continue reading

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Doubting Doubts About David and Solomon

THE ISSUE, BRIEFLY INTRODUCED: The biblical history of the books of Samuel and even up to 1 Kings 11 has been called a fiction invented by later Judeans to give themselves a glorious past. This is not a fringe issue, … Continue reading

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Classic MJM Reading: Older Posts on Ancient Israel

I was challenged by a commenter to suggest posts I have written in the past about the historical reliability of the Hebrew Bible vis a vis certain critical theories which regard the older stories about Israel as a myth. I … Continue reading

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Faith, Reason, and SBL

There is an interesting op-ed piece in the July/August issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, a magazine that has been very worthwhile to follow in recent years. Some believers in the history and theology of the Bible will find BAR troubling. … Continue reading

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Travel to Israel

On one of my trips to Israel, I think it was in 2005, we kept running into Nigerian groups. Our tour guide explained that Nigeria’s Muslims had demanded of the government a once in a lifetime, government-paid pilgrimage to Mecca. … Continue reading

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Judaism as Competition for Christianity

In the May/June 2010 issue of Biblical Archaeology Today, Angelos Chaniotis of Princeton writes about “Godfearers in the City of Love.” The reference is to recent research at Aphrodisias in Turkey, not too far east of ancient Ephesus. The city … Continue reading

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Idealism and Reality in Joshua

I was in the Rockefeller Museum in East Jerusalem five years ago, at the time reading Israel Finkelstein cast doubt on the historical value of most of the Biblical history, when I came across a display that made me shudder. … Continue reading

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Who Moved the Ladder? Biblical Archaeology Review

The latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review has a fascinating and hilarious story of mystery. I’ve been to Israel eight times and I’ve seen the Holy Sepulchre church each time. I’ve heard my favorite tour guide (Itai) explain many times … Continue reading

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Shemot: The ZIBBC on Exodus

You will hear from time to time about the ZIBBC on Messianic Jewish Musings. The ZIBBC is the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary, edited by John Walton. This is a resource I recommend for Bible readers. The set for the … Continue reading

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