Here is a post by Prof. Athas which I wanted to share earlier. I found his premise convincing that Delilah was an Israelite, and the connection to the Danites and Micah, intriguing. In the book of Judges, we encounter the mighty Israelite judge, Samson. He is perhaps best known for his herculean strength. Yet, he is also known for his weakness for women—especially Philistine … Continue reading Samson and Delilah (the Israelite Woman) — With Meagre Powers
Here is what I wrote in response to a post at Streams in the Desert, a blog I often enjoy reading (in italics): “YHVH’s new covenant with Israel is that their sins will be forgiven forever.” The idea of a covenant is conditional. The idea of a testament is final since a death has occurred. The Mosaic Law was both covenantal: 1. “Do this and … Continue reading Covenant or Testament?
Prof. Hurtado has released a snippet of his recent book Destroyer of the Gods. In it he notes the irony (last sentence) that present day atheists have Christians to thank for a reduced workload. Early Christians were atheists! At least, that’s how some people of the time viewed them in the earliest centuries, and it’s not difficult to see why. Most importantly, they refused … Continue reading The Debt Atheists Owe Christians (by Larry Hurtado)
After a few thousand years absence, “Jacob’s Sheep” have returned to Israel—from Canada! From The Times of Israel: ” Biblical sheep in Israel for first time in millennia” The breed received the name “Jacob sheep” based on Genesis Chapter 30, where Jacob talks about leaving his father-in-law Laban’s home and taking part of the flock […] via Jacob’s Sheep Arrive in Israel — HolyLandPhotos’ Blog Continue reading Jacob’s Sheep