Category Archives: Biblical Scholarship

Picking at Threads, Part 4 – The Origins of Yahwism

Our planet is about 4.5 billion years old. Our species has been here about 200,000 years. There were many religions and beliefs in the Ancient Near East, one of which became Judaism and thus, Christianity. But when, historically, did was the god Yahweh first worshiped and by whom? Is it possible to find this answer, especially when the Torah can be shown to have human origins? This article explores what evidence we do have and where it may point to the origins of the god Yahweh.

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Picking at Threads, Part 3 – Who Wrote the Torah?

For many, the Bible is the infallible, perfect Word of God, authored by the divine Creator of the Universe, penned by the prophets and pious religious leaders whose hands were guided by the Almighty. Traditionally, the Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible) are said to have been written by Moses himself. But a close look at the text shows that this simply cannot be true.

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Watchtower Study June 5, 2016—Being Faithful Leads to God’s Approval

The Watchtower study for this weekend is all about Jephthah’s daughter. I’ve opted to veer away from the usual way I cover the study articles because it may be more beneficial to consider what most likely happened to Jephthah’s daughter. You may be surprised to learn that the ending isn’t quite as happy as Watchtower would have you believe. Watchtower’s

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Picking at Threads, Part 2 – Religions of the Ancient Near East

In part 2 of the Picking at Threads series, we have a look at some of the oldest religious traditions for which we have written evidence, in particular those of the Ancient Near East. The gods, stories, myths and heroes of these ancient peoples pre-date our oldest Biblical manuscripts by over a thousand years. This article will show how these cultures influenced each other as well as how their traditions changed over time and distance.

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Watchtower Study May 29, 2016 “Jehovah Guides His People in the Way of Life”

Introduction The first two paragraphs of this weeks study open with a comparison of railroads to God. Featuring the three words, “STOP, LOOK, LISTEN” it is explained that over 100 years ago, big stop signs were added to railroad crossings so that vehicles would not be struck by a train and lives would be saved. But, they say, “Jehovah does

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