Beginning Discussion on the Retribution Principle

Posted by Scott Booth on Aug 17, 2017 9:23:03 AM

ERIC: Today we’re going to start talking about the retribution principle—It’s biblical, it’s in Proverbs—and how Christians view it in a divinatory way.

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Proverbs, Galatians

The Answer to the Tattoo Question

Posted by Scott Booth on Aug 14, 2017 10:27:26 AM

This is the conclusion of our tattooing discussion. Click here for part one, and here for part two.

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, Psalms, Leviticus

Tattoos and Piercings

Posted by Scott Booth on Aug 11, 2017 3:51:38 PM

This is a continuation of a discussion that started with Tattooing in the Ancient Near East.

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Leviticus

Tattooing in the Ancient Near East

Posted by Scott Booth on Aug 10, 2017 7:52:35 AM

ERIC:  Welcome I’m Eric Smith, president of Pillar Seminary. I’ve got Scott Booth with here me today. He’s our Old Testament prof and academic dean. Scott, we’ve had several people ask us about the prohibition against tattooing in Leviticus 19.

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, Leviticus

Creation from Nothing

Posted by Eric Smith on Aug 7, 2017 5:05:36 PM

Let's have a bit of review from last time then on the the final portion of this discussion. God creates the greater light to govern the day.  And he creates the lesser light govern the night. Total function statements. We're talking about the purpose that the sun and the moon have. It's normal in ancient Near Eastern creation stories for the creator deity to set up zones in the creation, whether that zone is a city, or it's farm land vs. city land. It will set up zones and then it will put lesser gods—still really important gods, but lesser gods—in charge of the individual zones. You know, so let’s make such and such a city and we'll put this deity in charge of that city.

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, New Testament Bible In Context, Genesis Series, John

Why The Sun And Moon Are Not Named In The Creation Story

Posted by Eric Smith on Aug 4, 2017 9:20:28 AM

This is the second part of a conversation between Scott and Eric. Click here to read the first bit. Click here to listen to the podcast.

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, Genesis Series

Reading Genesis 1 Better

Posted by Eric Smith on Jul 21, 2017 3:14:11 PM

This is the beginning of a series of blogs that are from a discussion with Eric and Scott. Listen to the podcast here.

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, Genesis Series

Present in Absence

Posted by Eric Smith on Jul 17, 2017 11:06:50 AM

Last time I discussed how Moses is to Yahweh what pharaoh is supposed to be to Re, the sun god. Also, Moses has the authority to command, judge, and punish pharaoh. So, let’s have an example. 

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, Exodus

Pharaoh Functioned as the Shepherd of Egyptians

Posted by Eric Smith on Jul 13, 2017 10:48:32 AM

I wanted to continue on from last time on Ramesses II.

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, Exodus

Why Ask for a Name

Posted by Eric Smith on Jul 10, 2017 6:20:17 PM

So, we’re going to start plowing through this. Many think that Ramesses II was the pharaoh of the exodus. Now, Ramesses II built a lot of stuff and we’re told in chapter 1 of Exodus that the Hebrew slaves had to help with some of the building projects. The building projects of Ramesses II included a royal palace that was four square miles. It was rather large. Below is a picture of excavations of this. This was where Moses may have grown up, is in this royal residence here.

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Topics: Old Testament Bible In Context, Exodus

   

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