Tag Archives: Old Testament

Remember That One Time God Listened to a Human Being? Yeah, That Was Great. (Josh. 10:14)

Prayer, among the faithful, is a powerful tool. It’s often used for thanking/praising God and for asking for God’s assistance in Life. As we’ve already seen, Joshua asks God for (and receives) some major assistance in the Battle of Gibeon … Continue reading

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David Petraeus as King David?

There always seems to be a way to connect current events to the Bible, in some fashion, relevantly or irrelevantly. (It’s usually the latter.) But in the case of the David Petraeus scandal, however, it’s (surprisingly) the former: The Washington … Continue reading

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Achor: Just a Valley (Josh. 7)

Shortly after their victory at Jericho—which likely never happened—the Israelites, according to the Book of Joshua, are facing some military setbacks (Josh. 7). Naturally, the cause of these new problems is related to the reason for their prior victory: following … Continue reading

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What Would Happen If the Earth Stopped Rotating? (Josh. 10:1-15)

From time to time the Bible makes some interesting claims about how the cosmos works. There are the creation stories, the great flood, and frogs falling from the sky, but the one that I find truly amusing is found in … Continue reading

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There Were Never Any Walls Around Jericho (Josh. 6)

I’m going to get straight to the point of this post: there were never any walls around Jericho. The Bible was most likely wrong. The story in Josh. 6—of the walls of Jericho falling down after the Israelites marched around … Continue reading

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Inerrancy in the Bible and Objectively Examining One’s Own Beliefs

Continuing on Greg’s response to “Reasons for Believing the Bible is God’s Word” I’d like to examine two other points that Roger E. Olson makes that I have encountered several times when discussing the validity of faith and the Bible … Continue reading

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A Logical Door that Locks Behind You: Is Scripture Inerrant?

At Holey Books, we’ve come across our share of scriptural commentary, and usually prefer to read what reasonable scholars (such as James Kugel) have to say about the various bits of scripture we talk about. But occasionally—as recently in a post … Continue reading

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Rahab Is Misunderstood (Josh. 2)

When the Israelite spies come to Jericho, they’re housed and protected by a prostitute (not sure why that’s relevant–seriously, there’s no context for it in Joshua) named Rahab. She promises to protect the spies in exchange for amnesty during the … Continue reading

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The Dead Sea Scrolls: Do They Contradict the Bible?

Over in his daily “My Answer” column, Billy Graham addresses the question of a reader: Do the Dead Sea Scrolls contradict the Bible? Sadly, while Rev. Graham does get some of the history right, his ultimate analysis is lacking—and borderline … Continue reading

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