The Real Story Behind Job

God's presentation in Job rubs a lot of people wrong. Christians look at the book as an inspiring story of a man's faith, but there's a real problem that Hashem's followers need to address: Here is this perfectly nice, righteous, family man, and God lets Satan ruin his life--and murder his children--over a bet. To …

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The Shame of a Shameless Society

I'm currently reading David A. deSilva's Honor, Patronage, Kinship, & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture. It's a fascinating read, and not too dense or pedantic for a scholarly work, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to better understand the New Testament. I'll have to do a full review sometime, but at the moment, I'd …

The Three “I”s, Pt. 6: Honor and Obligation

In the previous post, we looked at the collectivist, communal nature of ancient life, and why the community was so important to them. In this post, let's look at the importance of honor to the ancients. There are two broad categories into which the moral center of any culture can be classified: Honor-shame cultures, and …