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The God and The Gods Of Ancient Canaanite Israel (The Early History of God) (Mark S. Smith)

Reading Mark Smith’s eminent study, throws light on the way that The Early History of God, indeed the early history of God itself, is a history of the image in which that figure has been cast and recast over time. 746 more words

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Solomon’s Song of Songs Chapter 6 Notes

Chapter 6

v. 2: This seems really abrupt, but I guess one is supposed to understand that the search for the Beloved has ended happily and faster than expected.  270 more words

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Solomon’s Song of Songs Chapter 7 Notes, Part 1

Chapter 7

v. 1: Murphy says that, while it “is reasonable to attribute” 7:1-5 to the Beloved, “it is possible to ascribe …to the onlookers or to their spokesperson” (185).  662 more words

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Solomon’s Song of Songs Chapter 5 Notes

Chapter 5

v. 1: The Beloved says he has enjoyed his garden, which means he has enjoyed the company of the girl.  The exhortation to his friends at the end of the verse must be an enthusiastic recommendation of the joys of love.  631 more words

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Solomon’s Song of Songs Chapter 6 Notes

Chapter 6

v. 2: This seems really abrupt, but I guess one is supposed to understand that the search for the Beloved has ended happily and faster than expected.  270 more words

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(Canaanite Origins) Material Artifact (Ishba’al ben Beda)

Clay jar from Khirbet Qeiyafa, an Iron Age site from around 1020 to 980 BCE inscribed with the name of Ishba’al son of Beda. It’s the same name but most likely not the same person identified as such in Chronicles and as Samuel I as Ishboshet, a rival to King David. 77 more words

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(Gods, Godesses, and God) Aniconic Politics in Ancient Israel (Othmar Keel and Christoph Uehlinger)

I’m prepared to walk back anything in this post with sufficient critical pushback from experts in a field upon which I’m making such gross trespass. 1,408 more words

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