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Old Testament

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The “Pete Ruins Christmas” Series: Christmas in America and the Old Testament

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

The ancient Israelites were as detached from their official religion as are many/most Americans from official Christianity.

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A Story of 2 Very Stupid Spies Who Almost Ruined Everything

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Things go wrong when two spies’ first stop is a prostitute’s house.

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We All Have a History. Even God.

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

The Bible—even where it talks about God—is a relentlessly contextual collection of ancient literature that takes wisdom and patience to handle well, and in doing so drives us toward further contemplation of God here and now.

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The 5 Real Reasons Why All Writers Write

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Old Testament scholar Christopher Rollston, in his 2015 book Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel, makes the case (among several related cases) that literacy in ancient Israel was almost exclusively […]

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Briefly, 3 Edgy Things About How the Old Testament Works

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

A willingness to accept how Scripture comes to us is a mark of faith and trust in God, not an act of disloyalty to God.

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What the Old Testament Has that the New Testament Doesn’t

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

If all we read is the NT and we are also living though a period of God’s absence, abandonment, a period of doubt, a dark night of the soul, we may likely conclude that there is something very wrong with us for feeling this way.

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