From time to time I try and relate some of the scholarly conversation in Old Testament studies to a wider audience here on the blog. Paul S. Evans recently wrote an article for JBL titled, “Creating a New ‘Great Divide’: The Exoticization of Ancient Culture in Some Recent Applications of Orality Studies to the Bible.”… Read More


            This book does not contain footnotes, but it does contain a bibliography at the end which is fairly extensive. It reads much like an introduction to the prophets. The book contains summaries of each prophet, or section of the book (in the case of Isaiah, three sections). The book… Read More


As usual, I’d like to give a summary and an evaluation of a scholarly work, in this case: The Origins of Israelite Law. Since this is an Old Testament work, I will speak as one who has engaged the professional literature, rather than a novice – as is my usual practice. Summary of The Origins of Israelite Law… Read More


This post represents an analysis of Joseph Blenkinsopp’s article in JSOT 1984. Blenkinsopp – Old Testament Theology He describes GL Baur as an example of the problem of finding a center in OT theology (3). It also illustrates the difficulty of finding a unity of thought or principle in the two distinct genres of narrative… Read More


While none of this demonstrates the same behavior or practice mentioned in the New Testament, specifically in 1 Corinthians 12-14, one can see the background against which the Apostle Paul will make his argument.… Read More


This does not “prove” the historicity of the Old Testament, but merely points out the differences between a minimal view of the OT’s accuracy and a maximal view and the impact which it will have on one’s OT theology.… Read More