Tag Archives: Hebrew Bible

What Did the Authors of Isaiah 40-55 Really Know About Babylon: Dr Lena Sophia Tiemeyer

Yesterday I had the privilege of hearing from Dr Lena Sophia Tiemeyer, Lecturer in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at the University of Aberdeen, as she presented a paper at our weekly Biblical Studies seminar.  Her study was entitled “What Did the Authors of Isaiah 40-55 Really Know About Babylon?” The timing of this presentation, for the […]

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Biblical Wisdom Literature: Proverbs and Ecclesiastes (OT Lesson 31)

This Sunday School lesson covers the entirety of the biblical books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Of course justice cannot be done to these books in one lesson (or in one blog post). I will attempt to give a bit of an overview of what these two books are about in a way that I hope […]

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Answers to Questions Regarding Heavenly Ascent in Early Jewish and Early Christian Literature

This post comprises some very interesting questions posed to me by a new reader of this blog, Steve Bastasch, regarding the development of the “heavenly ascent” theme in early Christian thought and writings and their Jewish background. My answer to these questions follows. ————————————————————————— Steve: I’m new to your Heavenly Ascents blog – it looks […]

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The Exodus Narrative as Another Creation Story (for Old Testament Lesson 13)

Please excuse me for not sharing much for the last couple of weeks. I have been working hard on my dissertation. Unfortunately, I missed commenting on a story I really love — the Joseph in Egypt narrative. I won’t take the time to backtrack now and write much on it, but I have always thought […]

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Melchizedek: King, Priest, and God and the Forbidden Degrees

The title of this post is actually somewhat deceptive as it implies that the post is going to be about Melchizedek, who can be considered a king, a priest, and also a god, and about the “Forbidden Degrees” (sounds tantalizing, eh?), which the title seems to suggest have some connection to Melchizedek. Well, as far […]

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Most Ancient Hebrew Biblical Inscription Deciphered (Khirbet Qeiyafa)

Press Release: University of Haifa Most ancient Hebrew biblical inscription deciphered ‘It indicates that the kingdom of Israel already existed in the 10th century BCE, and that at least some of the biblical texts were written hundreds of years before the dates presented in current research.’ Prof. Gershon Galil of the University of Haifa who deciphered the inscription: “It […]

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BYU Professor Donald Parry to Help with New Hebrew Bible

Some great news (news to me, anyways) about BYU’s Professor Donald Parry and his great new opportunity, from Professor Jim Davila’s PaleoJudaica.com blog, no less: PROFESSOR DONALD W. PARRY has been named as one of about two dozen editors of Biblia Hebraica Quinta. He will be working on the book of Isaiah. This article in TC gives background to Biblia […]

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Review of “Lesser Deities in the Ugaritic Texts and the Hebrew Bible”

For anyone interested, the Review of Biblical Literature has made available a review by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer of Sang Youl Cho’s great book, Lesser Deities in the Ugaritic Texts and the Hebrew Bible: A Comparative Study of their Nature and Roles (Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias, 2007). You can check it out here. While not altogether positive, Tiemeyer’s review […]

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