Re: The Incoherence of Knowingly Eating from the Tree of Knowledge for the First Time

In The Incoherence of Knowingly Eating from the Tree of Knowledge for the First Time Jonathan M.S. Pearce claims to have found an incoherence in the story of Adam and Eve. I contend that he reads things into the narrative in order to arrive at this conclusion. The biblical narrative is frequently brief and we … Continue reading Re: The Incoherence of Knowingly Eating from the Tree of Knowledge for the First Time

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Book Recommendation: Five Proofs of the Existence of God by Edward Feser

Thomist philosopher Edward Feser's Five Proofs of the Existence of God is being added to the recommended readings page. In this book he makes five arguments for God's existence and provides relevant background knowledge as he works through the proofs. He also argues that we can know some of the attributes of God. Objections to … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Five Proofs of the Existence of God by Edward Feser

Commentary on Numbers 36

Notes (NET Translation) 1 Then the heads of the family groups of the Gileadites, the descendant of Machir, the descendant of Manasseh, who were from the Josephite families, approached and spoke before Moses and the leaders who were the heads of the Israelite families. 2 They said, "The LORD commanded my lord to give the … Continue reading Commentary on Numbers 36

The (Proto-)Masoretic Text: A Ten-Part Series by Emanuel Tov

The (Proto-)Masoretic Text: A Ten-Part Series by Emanuel Tov Part 1: The Bible and the Masoretic Text The First Century C.E. The Medieval Masoretic Text The Masoretes and the Codices The Contents of MT The consonantal framework Para-textual elements Vocalization Accentuation The Masorah Part 2: Judean Desert Texts Outside Qumran Examples of Surviving Proto-MT Texts … Continue reading The (Proto-)Masoretic Text: A Ten-Part Series by Emanuel Tov

Commentary on Numbers 35

Notes (NET Translation) 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses in the Moabite plains by the Jordan near Jericho. He said: 2 "Instruct the Israelites to give the Levites towns to live in from the inheritance the Israelites will possess. You must also give the Levites grazing land around the towns. This passage avoids saying … Continue reading Commentary on Numbers 35

Commentary on Numbers 34

Notes (NET Translation) 1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 2 "Give these instructions to the Israelites, and tell them: 'When you enter Canaan, the land that has been assigned to you as an inheritance, the land of Canaan with its borders, 3 your southern border will extend from the wilderness of Zin along the … Continue reading Commentary on Numbers 34

Commentary on Numbers 33:50-56

Notes (NET Translation) 50 The LORD spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho. He said: Jericho is the place where the conquest would begin. 51 "Speak to the Israelites and tell them, 'When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52 you must drive out … Continue reading Commentary on Numbers 33:50-56