By Steve Wells

You've most likely heard of some of the tales during this booklet. Noah's Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, David and Goliath, probably. yet there are greater than a hundred others which are unknown to pretty well everybody. do you know, for instance, that God: *Forced family and friends to kill one another for dancing bare round Aaron's golden calf? *Burned complainers to demise, pressured the survivors to devour quail until eventually it actually got here out their noses, despatched "fiery serpents" to chunk humans for complaining concerning the loss of nutrients and water, and killed 14,700 for complaining approximately his killings? *Helped Samson homicide thirty males for his or her outfits, slaughter a thousand with the jawbone of an ass, and kill 3000 civilians in a a suicide terrorist assault? *Smote Philistines with hemorrhoids of their mystery elements? *Slowly killed a toddler to punish David for committing adultery? *Killed 70,000 simply because David had a census that he (or devil) instructed him to do? *Sent a lion to kill a prophet for believing one other prophet's lie, one other lion to kill a guy for no longer smiting a prophet, and extra lions to kill people who didn't worry him adequate? *Killed 450 spiritual leaders in a prayer contest and burned 102 males to demise for asking Elijah to return down from his hill? *Sent bears to tear aside forty two boys for making enjoyable of Elisha's bald head? *Killed Ahab for no longer killing a captured king, after which despatched Jehu to kill all of Ahab's friends and family who had ever "pissed opposed to a wall?" All of those killings, and extra, are present in the Bible, and the God of the Bible is happy with each. Here's what he stated approximately them: "I kill ... I wound ... i'm going to make mine arrows inebriated with blood, and my sword shall eat flesh." -- Deuteronomy 32:39-42 those tales fill the pages of the Bible, but they're seldom learn in church and are neglected via so much Bible believers. under the influence of alcohol with Blood brings them out into the open. It's time for us all to have a look.

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And so we come to our proper theme: What influence has the Babylonian world had on Israel, especially on the Israelitic religion? But with this we enter a domain where Old Testament theology, which until now could give only references, has a full right to enter the discussion with a voice of weight. It is necessary to state this explicitly. For some Assyriologists—we say it with regret—have assumed towards the older science of the Old Testament a tone of their own, as if the only legitimate way to the understanding of Israel from now on lay through Assyriology, and as if in Old Testament research Assyriology could dispense with the aid of the theologian.

Johns as closely as possible, even when Gunkel differs in slight details from the original. Biblical quotations are given in the form of the Authorized Version. For the sake of those wishing to pursue the matter further it may be added that the Code of Hammurabi has been translated by Mr. Johns under the title “The Oldest Code of Laws in the World” and forms a very inexpensive volume. -Col. Conder in a popular form. A sufficient guide to the literature on the Babel and Bible controversy will be found in the Expository Times for the last two years—more at length as regards special monographs in the other theological reviews.

There is still time. Perhaps the hour is coming when it will be said too late! Likewise the tradition of the patriarchs up to the deluge is, as may be assumed with great probability, of Babylonian origin, the Hebraic names in part can be regarded as direct translations of the Babylonian kings. [Enos = man = amêlu; Cainan = smith = work-master = ummânu; Enoch corresponds to En-me-duran-ki in his attributes; Methusalah = man of Selah = man of Sin = amêl-sin (but Methusalah may mean “man of the javelin”).

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