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