Book of Proverbs: Authorship

Superscriptions Superscriptions mark off seven collections in the book of Proverbs and attribute authorship to Solomon, Agur, and Lemuel: 1:1: The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel 10:1: The proverbs of Solomon 22:17: The words of the wise 24:23: These sayings also are from the wise 25:1: These also are proverbs of … Continue reading Book of Proverbs: Authorship

Book Review: The Anatomy of Deconversion

Book Review: The Anatomy of Deconversion, by John Marriott by Jonathan McLatchie For many years, I have had a fascination for the reasons why people deconvert from the Christian faith. I have, without exaggeration, viewed many hundreds of deconversion testimonies on YouTube, purchased and read books by deconverts, followed the blogs of deconverts, and personally … Continue reading Book Review: The Anatomy of Deconversion

Spoiling the Beautiful Difference

Spoiling the Beautiful Difference by Ian Paul & Andrew Bartlett I have teamed up with Andrew Bartlett QC, author of Men and Women in Christ: Fresh Light from the Biblical Texts (IVP, 2019), to offer a biblical critique of ‘Beautiful Difference: The Complementarity of Male and Female’, by Andrew Wilson, speaker and theologian for Newfrontiers. … Continue reading Spoiling the Beautiful Difference

Book of Proverbs: Themes and Theology

The Fear of the Lord The "fear of the Lord" is the starting point to the pursuit of wisdom (Prov 1:7; 2:5; 9:10; cf. Ps 111:10). The phrase is a motto for the entire work. It occurs fourteen times in the book (1:7, 29; 2:5; 8:13; 9:10; 10:27; 14:26, 27; 15:16, 33; 16:6; 19:23; 22:4; … Continue reading Book of Proverbs: Themes and Theology

Slavery in the Laws of Eshnunna

Based on the fragmentary date formula at the beginning of source A, which probably refers to events in a year of the reign of Dadusha, a ruler of the kingdom of Eshnunna, the Laws of Eshnunna (LE) are dated to about 1770 BC.1 The laws refer to several classes of people, which Roth describes as … Continue reading Slavery in the Laws of Eshnunna

Book of Proverbs: Setting

Introduction When considering the setting of the book of Proverbs we must consider both the setting in which the proverbs were composed and the setting in which the proverbs were disseminated. It is unlikely that the proverbs were composed or disseminated in a single setting so it is better to investigate the settings (plural) in … Continue reading Book of Proverbs: Setting

The Cross and the Machine

The Cross and the Machine by Paul Kingsnorth I had known, I suppose, that the abyss was still there inside me—that what I was doing in the woods, though affecting, was at some level still play-acting. Then, one night, I dreamed of ­Jesus. The dream was vivid, and when I woke up I wrote down … Continue reading The Cross and the Machine

Top Ten Discoveries Related to the Book of Judges

Top Ten Discoveries Related to the Book of Judges (10) Amarna Tablets (9) Jabin Tablet (8) Destruction of Cities – Hazor, Shechem, and Gibeah (7) Migration of the Danites and Destruction of Laish (6) Eglon’s Palace at Jericho (5) Philistines on Battle Reliefs of Rameses III (4) Philistine Temples with Two Pillars (3) Jerubbaal Inscription … Continue reading Top Ten Discoveries Related to the Book of Judges

Slavery in the Sumerian Laws Handbook of Forms

The Sumerian Laws Handbook of Forms (SLHF), dated to about 1700 BC, "is a Sumerian compendium of contracts and contractual clauses, legal provisions comparable to those found in the law collections, and isolated phrases such as might be found in Old Babylonian contracts. The compendium was recorded by an accomplished scribe, and displays professional organization … Continue reading Slavery in the Sumerian Laws Handbook of Forms

Slavery in A Sumerian Laws Exercise Tablet

A Sumerian Laws Exercise Tablet (SLEx) dated to about 1800 BC is described as follows: The composition is the product of a scribal school's training and was written--either copied or taken from dictation--by an intermediate student named Bëlshunu. The provenience of the tablet is not known. The composition is commonly cited by Assyriologists by reference … Continue reading Slavery in A Sumerian Laws Exercise Tablet