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Commentary on Judges 1-2 (Disobedience and Defeat)

| July 22, 2015

The Book of Judges continues the historical narrative where Joshua ended. The author of Judges is unknown, although Jewish tradition ascribes authorship to the prophet Samuel. Samuel may have written portions of the book, but there were likely later editors that compiled it into its final form. Scholars date the final composition of Judges from […]

Gay Marriage Is Forcing Us to Get Straight on the Old Testament

| July 1, 2015

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Recently I wrote a blog post on why Christians don’t stone people to death. I then wrote a 4-part series on how Christians should apply the Torah (first five books of the Old Testament). What do these posts have to do with gay marriage? In a nutshell, Christians are quoting from […]

Commentary on Joshua 1-2 (Rahab and the Spies)

| June 29, 2015

Joshua is the first book following the Pentateuch and it begins the series of books in the OT that are called the Historical Books (Joshua – Esther). The author of Joshua is unknown, although large portions of the book appear to have been written by a person who experienced the events recorded in the book. […]

Commentary on Job 38-42 (Job Meets God)

| June 22, 2015

Through Job 37, Job has listened to three “friends” and Elihu speak to him about why he is suffering so badly. Job, in turn, has responded to each of them, declaring his innocence and demanding that God give him answers. Finally, in Job 38, Job gets his wish. Out of a violent storm God speaks […]

Commentary on Job 21

| June 17, 2015

In the previous 20 chapters of the book of Job, Job’s three friends have argued that Job is being punished for sins he has committed. Their theology is simple: God always and immediately punishes the wicked and always and immediately blesses the righteous. In chapter 20, Zophar summarizes this theology: “Surely you know how it […]

Commentary on Job 1

| June 10, 2015

Having finished the book of Deuteronomy, we now move to the book of Job. Although the events of Job cannot be easily dated, there is some consensus that they occurred during the period of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). Or, to put a wide range of dates on the events of Job, we can […]

Why Think Moses Was the Primary Author of Deuteronomy?

| June 8, 2015

In chapter 34 of Deuteronomy, there are textual indications that Moses did not write the book of Deuteronomy. First, chapter 34 records the death of Moses, but how could he record the events surrounding his own death? Second, verses 1 and 2 state that the Promised Land includes “Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the […]

Commentary on Deuteronomy 6 (Love the Lord your God)

| June 1, 2015

In chapter 5 of Deuteronomy, Moses reviewed again with Israel the Ten Commandments. After this review, chapter 6 begins with Moses reminding the Israelites why they must follow the Law given to them by God, through Moses. It is “so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God […]

What Are the Main Problems with the Documentary Hypothesis?

| April 29, 2015

Proponents of the various versions of the Documentary Hypothesis believe there must be 4 or more authors of the Pentateuch for several reasons, but the three most common are: Some texts in Genesis refer to God as Yahweh, whereas others call him Elohim. A single author would not use two different names for God. The […]

What Is the Documentary Hypothesis?

| April 24, 2015

While Jews and Christians have traditionally believed that Moses was the primary author of the Pentateuch, some biblical scholars today reject that belief.  Instead, these scholars believe that the Pentateuch was written over several centuries by several different authors and not finally compiled into its final form until just a few hundred years before Jesus […]

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