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Egyptian views of the Soul

I will admit, until yesterday I was totally ignorant of much of this. In the 1800-1900’s it has been popular to say this or that theological idea came from the Egyptians, but in my short studies with a pathetic library (most books written before they found Tutankhamen) I’ve found that a definitive statement on what an Egyptian believed would not be easy… I can say that they innovated a lot and you may have similar ideas, but as to whether that the Egyptians cared enough about any give idea outside of a few core convictions about the afterlife to keep the idea and then influence others… that seems like a stretch. 1,087 more words


Mesopotamian / Sumerian views of the soul

Dreary Mesopotamians

A wise man on the subject once said “”a systematic presentation of Mesopotamian religion cannot and should not be written.”[1] 1,364 more words


Can Loanwords in the Hebrew Bible be the result of scribal updating?

A loanword is a word that originates in one language, but makes it into another language for common use.

The Hebrew Bible is replete with loanwords. 959 more words

Biblical Studies

An Interpretation of Why David was Disqualified as the Temple Builder.


The Old Testament is often considered confusing and outdated, which leads many modern readers to avoid it. Rather than closely examining the seemingly complex passages of the Old Testament, readers study the clearer and more relevant teachings found in the New Testament. 4,029 more words


New Article on Daniel 2

I’ve published an article on Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture entitled “A Kingdom, Which Shall Never Be Destroyed: Daniel 2.

Sunday Quote!- The Bible and Ancient Cosmology

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way! 346 more words

J.W. Wartick

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant: c. 8000-332 BCE

2014.11.18 | Margreet L. Steiner and Ann E. Killebrew, eds. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant: c. 8000-332 BCE. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 2,138 more words

Oxford University Press