Understanding the Deep Structures of Scripture



Mt. Sinai

Constitution, Class, and the Book of Deuteronomy

Abstract The book of Deuteronomy has a dual agenda in its blueprint for the polity. First it rejects the exclusionary…

Father sitting and smiling with son

Imago Dei as Divine Kinship

Imago Dei implies that humans are God’s kin—specifically, His children. Israel embodied this status in the law, which has implications for bearing God’s image today.

Moses and Aaron

The People-Forming Passover in Exodus

The Passover in Exodus, before the Israelites’ departure from Egypt, played a role in forming the Jewish people and nation.

Fox and hedgehog

Empiricism vs. Rationalism in the Hebrew Bible? Some Thoughts about Ancient Foxes and Hedgehogs

‘The fox knows many things but the hedgehog one important thing” (πόλλ’ οἶδ’ ἀλώπηξ, ἀλλ’ ἐχῖνος ἓν µέγα). Taking up…

Israeli sunrise

Is God ‘Perfect Being’?

Is God perfect? There are a number of reasons to question whether this longstanding conception of God’s nature is an appropriate basis for religious belief.

Close-up of wheat field

The Meaning of Life in Ecclesiastes

This article determines how Ecclesiastes addressed meaningfulness by drawing on a threefold scheme of definitions for life’s meaning.

Plateau hills

An Hebraic Metaphysic of Time in the Bible: Whose Time? Which Eternity?

Did God create time? To answer the question, and to determine what time in the Bible means, it would probably…

Engraving of Moses

A Biblical Alternative to Greek Political Philosophy

Since freedom from slavery or domination and material prosperity express central goals of the Torah, liberal democracy can fill an…

Second-Order Thinking in the Hebrew Bible

This article suggests that, before Greek philosophy, Biblical Hebrew as religious language presupposed an intricate variety of transposed second-order thinking.