Biblical Covenants in the Ancient Near East

Covenants are considered to be the backbone of the Bible but what exactly are covenants? In the following papers Dr. René A. Lopez gives a detailed overview of what biblical covenants are within their original ancient Near Eastern context.

Israelite Covenants in the Light of Ancient Near Eastern Covenants Part I.

Israelite Covenants in the Light of Ancient Near Eastern Covenants Part II.

The Bible and the Ancient Near East

Just as knowing something about the 18th century Enlightenment, Colonial American history, and the men who attended the Constitutional Convention will inform your historical understanding of the U.S. Constitution, knowing something about ancient Near Eastern history and culture will deepen your historical understanding of the documents that compose the Hebrew Bible. Continue reading “The Bible and the Ancient Near East”

Alter on the Art of Reading Scripture

Noted literary critic and Bible scholar Robert Alter, as part of the conclusion to his seminal book The Art of Reading Biblical Narrative, offers below some very important remarks on what it takes to read the Bible: Continue reading “Alter on the Art of Reading Scripture”

A Crash Course on the Ancient Near East

The series of lectures below is primarily about ancient Near Eastern myths, however a significant amount of time is spent on how the study of the ancient Near East emerged, its contemporary status as well as a broad overview of the history and cultures of the ancient Near East itself.  Continue reading “A Crash Course on the Ancient Near East”

Why Biblical Scholarship Matters

About three years ago I started taking biblical scholarship seriously and it absolutely transformed how I understood Christianity. Growing up in the Church scholarship was largely ignored or totally dismissed. Things have not changed. From time to time you hear some people say (or insinuate) that they do not need any scholar to tell them what the Bible says because it is God who reveals what his word means. While I can appreciate the sentiment the truth is biblical scholarship matters if you are a Christian, whether you know it or not, so I want to give four reasons why.

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