Giant Librarians of Debir, or Who is stronger: Yahweh or some iron chariots?

Bob Seidensticker
Bob Seidensticker

Bob Seidensticker blogs at Cross Examined: Clear Thinking About Christianity. The blog can be found on the “Atheist Channel” on Patheos – a site also known for hosting the blog of novelist Mike Bird, whose fantasy novels have been described as “more like LOTR than the Narnia Chronicles”.

In a recent post, Bob examines examples in the Bible where Yahweh gets defeated in battle by other gods. As Bob says, these narratives are often quickly explained away in Christian commentaries on the Old Testament, given that the Bible’s acceptance of the existence of other gods beside Yahweh is something that many Christian commentators are keen to suppress. Yet the idea that Yahweh is one god among other gods is regularly affirmed throughout the majority of the books of the Old Testament (and continues in early Christianity, although the other gods are demoted to demons). Have a read of Religious Diversity in Ancient Israel and Judah, edited by John Barton and Francesca Stavrakopoulou (2010) for a recent treatment of the many divinities who were worshiped in ancient Israel and Judah.

When Bob describes Yahweh’s defeat by iron chariots in Judges 1.19, he makes mention of Kiriath Sepher (“City of Scribes”), otherwise known as Debir, a  city possibly inhabited by giant librarians – according to one children’s book.

Have a read of Bob’s full post here.

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Remnant of Giants Podcasted on the Interweb

Matt Raymer
Matt Raymer

A couple of guys blogging at [Ad Hoc] Christianty – Matthew Raymer and Steve Douglas [and, of course, the unforgettable and very talented Travis Jacobs] – are doing regular podcasts about biblical studies blogs. A few of these podcasts have featured the world’s leading blog on Biblical Giants, Remnant of Giants. The podcasts are about an hour long each, and entertainingly discuss all sorts of things blogged about in biblical studies. Download them to have a listen:

Episode #12: Blogosphere roundup, March 23, 2011

…including Remnant of Giants’  The State of Satan Studies

Episode #8: Blogosphere roundup, Feb 23, 2011

 

Steve Douglas
Steve Douglas

…including Remnant of Giants’  Theology as Dissonance Reduction: Hinckley G. Mitchell’s conclusions from 1910

Episode #4: Blogosphere roundup, Jan 27, 2011

…including Remnant of Giants’  Steve Quayle on the Coming Chaos of the End Times, Urban Survivalism, and Giants

 

Travis
... and Travis