Ugarit and It’s Significance for Biblical Studies: Part 1

An Introduction to Ugarit The Ancient Near East—a vast era of epic accounts, powerful empires and beautiful cites—was lost to the Western World for most of Medieval and Renaissance Eras. There were few sources of information which they had about the Ancient Near East: Philo, Herodotus, and the Bible. Recently, however, through the development ofContinue reading “Ugarit and It’s Significance for Biblical Studies: Part 1”

Mafia-Style Exegesis

Having now visited many churches, listened to thousands of sermons, and preached a few myself, I have noticed the wide variety of exegesis. I’ve complained elsewhere about paregesis (preaching alongside the text, but never actually preaching the text). Here, I want to complain, if you’ll so indulge me, about Mafia-Style exegesis. This gangster way ofContinue reading “Mafia-Style Exegesis”

What Happened at Peor? Part 3

General Canaanite Religion Although the religion of Baal Peor has not been identified in any archeological discovery, Ancient Near East discoveries indicate the nature of the religion of Baal Peor. Before the rise of ANE archeology, knowledge of the religion of Canaan was limited to the Hebrew Bible. The authors of Hebrew Bible wrote forContinue reading “What Happened at Peor? Part 3”

Podcast Teaser: A Grimm Way of Law

So, I’m working on a podcast that will be fascinating. I’m not going to give the subject away yet, but part of my research involves Jacob Grimm–the guy who coauthored Grimm’s Fairy Tales. While most of his work revolved around ancient German folktales, he also wrote on legal subjects as well. He used his folktaleContinue reading “Podcast Teaser: A Grimm Way of Law”

What Happened at Peor? Part 2

The Balaam Inscription Outside of the Hebrew Bible, the only other related textual source is what scholars have called the Balaam Inscription. During the 1967 archeology season at Tell Deir ‘Allā,[1] a worker was shoveling away debris out of a temple complex when he noticed a piece of plaster with some ancient text on it.Continue reading “What Happened at Peor? Part 2”

What Happened at Peor? Part 1

“While Israel remained at Shittim, the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab. For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.”[1] God burned with anger and Moses commanded: “Take all the chiefs of the people, and impale themContinue reading “What Happened at Peor? Part 1”

Awakened Church: Race Relations in the Pentateuch and Hermeneutical Interaction with Woke Church

I finally edited my paper on racial relations. And I’ve posted it on my Academia Site. Here is my introduction: When it comes to discussions on race relations, sides are quickly chosen, and the battle lines are drawn. Each side is ready to do whatever it takes to destroy the other. While this reaction isContinue reading “Awakened Church: Race Relations in the Pentateuch and Hermeneutical Interaction with Woke Church”

Christ as King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ

Hey y’all, I just finished a paper for Christology on the topic of Christ as King. It’s not super technical, so you’ll find it a more or less easy read. https://www.academia.edu/41312010/Christ_As_King_The_Royal_Supremacy_of_Christ Here is a summery of it: Christians often treat Jesus as a friend and a brother, as well they should. He is both theContinue reading “Christ as King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ”

A Parable on Racial Relations

A certain man went down from Morocco to South Africa and fell among slave-traders, which stripped him of his raiment, and brought him to America. They beat him and left him half dead in the ghetto. His brother saw him in the way, but he had no resources to help. He begged for help fromContinue reading “A Parable on Racial Relations”

Toward Racial Reconciliation

Our churches today tend to be divided along racial lines. Thankfully, the lines are not as stiff as they once were. But still, if you walk into a church, you are going to find it predominately made up of one race. But there is an unfortunate development in many churches: we all may be oneContinue reading “Toward Racial Reconciliation”