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Is the Story of Jonah Fictional?

| April 13, 2016

Some Bible scholars believe that the Book of Jonah is a fictional tale written purely for teaching purposes by its original author. They argue that the original author never meant for the story to be taken as real history. While it may be impossible to know just based on the contents of the book itself, […]

Why Did Elisha Curse a Group of Young Men?

| March 23, 2016

In 2 Kings 2:23-24, the prophet Elisha curses a group of young men, seemingly just for calling him names. Even worse, some translations indicate that these were small boys. What is going on here? First, Hebrew scholars tell us that the words used to describe the boys can indicate an age anywhere from 12-30 years […]

Should We Execute Non-Christians?

| March 14, 2016

During King Asa’s reformation in Judah, he convenes a covenant ceremony during the Feast of Pentecost where all of Judah is called to seek after the God of Israel, the one true God who rescued them from Egyptian slavery centuries before. During this ceremony, they are also reminded that “all who would not seek the […]

Who Is Responsible for the Division of Israel?

| March 9, 2016

In 1 Kings 12, Rehoboam foolishly decides to threaten the northern tribes rather than agree to lighten their tax burden. This leads to the division of united Israel into the northern kingdom, called Israel, and the southern kingdom, called Judah. In verse 24, the prophet Shemaiah tells Rehoboam that the division of the kingdom is […]

How Do We Interpret the Proverbs?

| February 15, 2016

Some readers of the Book of Proverbs have raised objections to its contents. First, some proverbs seem to command a certain behavior, but then others command a different, incompatible behavior. Second, some proverbs appear to make promises that other parts of the Bible seem to contradict. Third, some proverbs make what appear to be comprehensive […]

#9 Post of 2015 – Why Did Moses Separate the Virgins and Non-Virgins of Midian?

| December 11, 2015

In Numbers 31:18, Moses commands the officers of the army to kill all the women who have had sex and only keep alive the girls who are virgins. What is going here? Why would Moses give this command? In order to understand this verse, we first have to understand the background. The Midianites, under the […]

Why Is the Son of Saul’s Name Different in 2 Samuel Versus 1 Chronicles?

| October 2, 2015

The astute Bible reader will notice that the son of Saul who ruled Israel after Saul was killed is called Ish-Bosheth in 2 Samuel, but in 1 Chronicles is called Esh-Baal. What is going on? Both of these accounts are referring to the same person, so why can’t they get his name straight? Walter Kaiser […]

How Did Tiny David Defeat Giant Goliath? Part 2

| September 16, 2015

As David faces Goliath, what is his plan? How will he defeat Goliath? Malcolm Gladwell, in his book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, argues that David had no plans to fight Goliath in hand-to-hand combat, as this wouldn’t play to his strength. David is a projectile warrior, not an infantryman. […]

How Did Tiny David Defeat Giant Goliath? Part 1

| September 14, 2015

Some critics have questioned how 5 feet tall David could have defeated 7 (or 10) feet tall Goliath. Isn’t this story a little far-fetched? A stone from a sling killing a giant of a man in a single blow? How can this be true? The text of 1 Samuel 17 indicates that God is with […]

Did Saul Kill All of the Amalekites?

| September 4, 2015

In 1 Samuel 15:3, Samuel commands Saul, “Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.” As we read the rest of the chapter, Saul tells Samuel, after the battle, “I have […]

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