Professor Joshua Berman Joshua Berman, a professor of Bible at Bar-Ilan University and at Shalem College in Israel, and a research fellow at the Herzl Institute, has authored an excellent article in the Jewish online magazine Mosaic on the question of the historicity of the exodus account in the Book of Exodus. I had the … Read more
Abimelech Rebuking Abraham by Wenceslaus Hollar. Dan Peterson, over at his blog, has a post on the falsehood that Mormons are encouraged to engage in what critics derisively call “lying for the Lord.” Dan’s post reminded me of an article published by Yael Shemesh of Bar-Ilan University titled “Lies by Prophets and Other Lies in the … Read more
Pictured: an authentic ancient portrait of Aseneth dated to the New Kingdom (circa 1400 BCE). Today I taught lesson 12 in Sunday School on Joseph in Egypt. One verse I highlighted was Genesis 41:45. Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, as his wife. Thus … Read more
My friend Colby Townsend has an excellent post on the Old Testament apocrypha and pseudepigrapha at Rational Faiths. You should check it out! If you’re looking for good translations of the very exciting texts mentioned by Colby, I’d recommend these volumes.