Tag Archives: Old Testament

Camels Through Time

Archaeologists from Israel have determined through radiocarbon dating that the arrival of domesticated camels in the Middle East happened much later than the events in the Bible suggest. In Genesis 12:10-20 Abram goes to Egypt to escape famine and he … Continue reading

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Okay, okay, BuzzFeed occasionally does something worthwhile

I’ve grown a bit tired of all the listicles floating around on Facebook these days, but it would seem that BuzzFeed put one together that’s too relevant for Holey Books to ignore. The list is called The 16 Most Bizarre Moments … Continue reading

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The Bible and Abortion, Part 2

At Salon, a post about abortion and the Bible gets a lot—although not everything—right: Given the amount of effort and political capital the religious right puts into trying to restrict abortion, you’d guess that opposition to women’s choice must take … Continue reading

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The Death of Joshua and the Need for a “Judge” (Judg. 2)

If the Book of Judges is an accurate guide, the ancient Israelites can perhaps best be compared to a herd of sheep: without a shepherd, without a strong guide, they flounder and, inevitably it seems, end up breaking covenants and worshipping … Continue reading

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Who Were the Judges? (Judg. 1-8)

The Book of Judges, I recently posted, is not in fact about judges. While the name stems from a translation issue—the ever-shifting meaning of language—regardless of what we call them, the judges in the Book of Judges will, to paraphrase … Continue reading

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The Goodness of a Loving God: More Hardened Hearts (Josh. 11:16-20)

As we’ve seen previously, Joshua and the Israelites conquered the promised land with very little regard to the people already living there. That, of course, is a little too kind. Joshua and the Israelites repeatedly wiped out whoever was in … Continue reading

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Top Posts of 2012

It’s the last day of the year. Seems like an appropriate time to share a little bit of data we’ve collected. Here are the five most visited posts in 2012: The Top 5 Most Ridiculous Things in Leviticus The Top … Continue reading

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Another Suzerein Treaty (Josh. 24)

After more than a few boring verses, the Book of Joshua returns to interesting territory (so this blogger thinks) in chapter 23. There, Joshua, who is by now nearing the end of his life, exhorts the Israelites, and presses them, … Continue reading

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