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The Book of Joshua (Third part)

The most favorable political and social context at the beginning of deuteronomic literary activity is the age of Josiah. Like Deuteronomy, so the first edition of Joshua is probably functional to the political intentions of Josiah. The stories of conquests were therefore instrumental to the affirmation of Juda’s political and…

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The Composition of the Historical Books. From Joshua to 2 Kings (Third part)

The multiplication of dtr editors has made many scholars skeptical about the very existence of deuteronomic history. The problem is essentially the concept of “historiography” and the coherence of the dtr work. The “dtr” history can not be termed in any way, since it still belongs to the mythical genus…

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Heaven and earth (Genesis chap. 1, verse. 1)

The fourth and the fifth word of the Hebrew Bible – et hashamaìm weet haàrets – are generally translated in our Bibles with the words: heaven and earth. Whereas we have two different terms with two specific meanings, for Jews “heaven and earth” constituted a single phrase that means the…

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Elohim: God or gods? (Genesis chap. 1, verse 1)

The third word of the Hebrew Bible is Elohim: “Bereshìt barà Elohim …” “At the beginning God created … “. So, at the very beginning of the Hebrew Bible we find a reference to polytheism? The verb barà (created) is singular, so the author was convinced that there was only…

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Churches in the Biblical city of Laodicea

One of the Seven Churches mentioned in the book of Revelation, the  Church in the ancient city of Laodicea, have been opened to tourism. The archaeologist Celal Simsek has conducted works in a church that is a very special structure with wall coverings, wall paintings and geometrical mosaics. “People used to visit…

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This week’s news commented by Simone Venturini (October 12-15, 2015)

A King James Bible’s translator notebook! The American scholar Jeffrey Miller has found the notebook of Samuel Ward on of the 42 translators that worked at the King James Version in the seventeenth century. It is a very important discovery because it gives us precious informations about the copying process…

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This week’s news commented by Simone Venturini (October 5-10, 2015)

The world would have ended this week! Today is saturday and I’m still here to comment the news. The world would have ended the 7th of October! The prophecy was based party on the blood moon – a lunar eclipse combined with a super moon – which occurred on September…

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