Archive for the 'Ancient Near East' Category

A new, definitive introduction to the Adam/evolution problem in Christian theology

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: devout evangelicals will never be able to come to terms with evolution as long as they believe that it denies the existence of an historical Adam with an historical Fall. As goes creationism, so goes Christianity. Some will cling to their Christianity so tightly […]

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Human Faces of God: the God-sized hole in the Conquest narratives

Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) Author: Thom Stark Wipf and Stock, 2010 Chapter 6: “Blessing the Nations” Why would God have ordered the systematic massacre of whole people groups, including women and children? Could He maintain a reasonable expectation of being […]

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The Human Faces of God: Baal’s blazing babies

Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) Author: Thom Stark Wipf and Stock, 2010 Chapter 5: “Making Yahweh Happy” After coming to terms with the conclusion of the last chapter, viz. that most of the Old Testament texts present Yahweh as a thoroughly […]

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The Human Faces of God: polytheism in pre-exile Israel

Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) Author: Thom Stark Wipf and Stock, 2010 Chapter 4: “Yahweh’s Ascendancy” Stark describes this chapter as an overview of “how Israel’s theology mirrored the various theologies of their neighbors, and how it was adapted over time […]

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Who is Satan? New Testament Development

This is the fourth post in the guest series “Who is Satan?” by Arcamaede. An index for all posts in the series is here. ~ Steve ___________________________________________________ My apologies to everyone for the delay in this part.  I’ve been dealing with quite a few non-studies related issues lately, plus I’ve taken to listening to the […]

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The Co-evolution of Pre-Christian Satan

This is the third post in the guest series “Who is Satan?” by Arcamaede. An index for all posts in the series is here. ~ Steve ___________________________________________________ As we discovered in Part 2, the concept of Satan that we find in the New Testament is missing from the Old Testament.  If it’s not all from […]

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Satan in the Old Testament

This is the second post in the guest series “Who is Satan?” by Arcamaede. An index for all posts in the series is here. ~ Steve ___________________________________________________ Satan’s development in the Old Testament is very hard to harmonize due largely to uncertainty of the dating of the writings of the Old Testament. What we will […]

Friday, August 27th, 2010