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Saul: The King Who Should Have Never Been (The Kings of Chronicles)

[Chronicles is another one of my research areas. This post was originally uploaded 10/2009] King Saul is a tragic figure in the biblical narrative. According to the Deuteronomistic History (his reign is recorded in 1Samuel 9-31), it seems as soon … Continue reading

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Jesus Junk and Christian Kitsch, Volume 4 – What is Kitsch? (Best of Codex)

[I have an abiding interest in kitsch and this post provides some theoretical background into kitsch. Originally posted 20th October 2005] I’ve been asked by some readers “What is ‘Kitsch’?” In this post I will attempt to define it, or … Continue reading

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The Septuagint and Textual Criticism: Retroverting the Text

[One of my main areas of research is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint. This post talks about how the Greek text can be used to help us understand the Hebrew original. It was originally published 08/2009] … Continue reading

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Merry Kitschmas – Meat Nativities

I haven’t posted anything on kitsch lately (that’s the understatement of the year!), but when I saw these tasty nativity scenes I just had to post them. Perhaps they were inspired by Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Who knows?! This one … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Saul and His Regnal Formula

Claude Mariottini caught me in an inadvertent historical “error” (or is it an error? it is accurate according to the MT) when he noticed my reference to King Saul’s “two year” reign in my post, “Saul: The King Who Should … Continue reading

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The End of Historiography and Prophecy?

The End of Historiography? We had an interesting discussion in my course on ancient historiography the other day. We were discussing Arnaldo Momigliano’s article, “Persian Historiography, Greek Historiography, and Jewish Historiography,” in The Classical Foundations of Modern Historiography (Berkeley: University … Continue reading

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The Relationship between the Septuagint and Qumran Psalm 151

As I mentioned in my previous posts on Psalm 151 in the Biblical Tradition, there is significant debate on the relationship between the Septuagint Psalm 151 and the version of the Psalm found in the Qumran Psalms scroll (11Q5 Psalm … Continue reading

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Psalm 151 at Qumran

As mentioned in my previour post on Septuagint Psalm 151 (first installment in my series on Psalm 151 in the Biblical Tradition), the discovery of Hebrew psalms clearly related to the Septuagint Psalm 151 created quite a stir among biblical … Continue reading

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Septuagint Psalm 151

This post is my first in a series on Psalm 151 in the Biblical Tradition.  Now,  some of my readers may be wondering what is this Psalm 151 that I am talking about? The biblical book of Psalms only contains … Continue reading

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Jonah’s “Big Fish” Story 3: Jonah and the Sailors (1:1-16)

[I will be republishing my series on the Hebrew text of Jonah for my current introductory Hebrew class since I had to go back and fix the Hebrew in the posts] The first chapter of the book of Jonah begins … Continue reading

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