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Israel Research Trip, Post #15

Due to the amount of information I desire to communicate about Beth-shean, this site will require two posts: this post covers Old Testament Beth-Shean and Post #16 will cover New Testament Scythopolis. Beth-shean / Beth-shan / Tell el-Husn One of my favorite sites to visit in Israel is Beth-Shean (בֵּית שְׁאָן) — alternative spelling, Beth-Shan

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The Psalms: A Primer for Prayer

For six and a half years we worked our way through the Psalter psalm by psalm (Psalm 1 through Psalm 150). After reading each psalm at the start of our Sunday morning class, we then prayed sentence prayers based upon that psalm. Then, as I taught through the Hebrew Psalter in seminary courses exegeting each

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Dr. William Barrick

I’m a semi-retired Hebrew and Old Testament professor and I help people understand the richness of the Old Testament so they can joyfully love and serve their Creator. I’ve been married 50 years to a wonderful wife, and have 4 married children and 14 grandchildren.

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The Psalms: A Primer for Prayer

For six and a half years we worked our way through the Psalter psalm by psalm (Psalm 1 through Psalm 150). After reading each psalm at the start of our Sunday morning class, we then prayed sentence prayers based upon that psalm. Then, as I taught through the Hebrew Psalter in seminary courses exegeting each

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Reading Theology in the New Year

One of the newest books to come into my possession in 2020 (thanks to my good colleagues at Zondervan) is Karin Spiecker Stetina’s How to Read Theology for All Its Worth (Zondervan Academic, 2020). Yes, its title purposefully associates the volume’s intended audience with its predecessor, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth:

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Truth and Christmas

Many of us receive gift cards and money as Christmas gifts and wonder what we should purchase with those gifts. Ah, but some of you might still be trying to get in a last-minute Christmas gift and might want to give a book (hard copy or digital) to someone. The two books I will highlight

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Samson and Gaza’s Gates

Over 40 years ago I published “Samson’s Removal of Gaza’s Gates,” Journal of the Near Eastern Archaeological Society 8 (1976): 83–93. Prof. Stan Swinney and I worked on the research for this article a mere four years into my first full-time teaching post in Denver, CO. We intended to publish a series of articles we

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Identifying the Imperatives in Biblical Narratives

Narratives occupy a large portion of the Bible, whether its pages record the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph or the wanderings of Israel in the wilderness, or the events surrounding the judges and kings of Israel, or the stories of Ruth or Esther. And, those are just part of the Old Testament narratives.

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Being a convinced creationist, I enjoy observing the beautiful plants and animals God so wondrously created. iNaturalist provides the opportunity for cataloging those observations and sharing them with other amateur and professional naturalists. "But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth and it will teach you . . ." (Job 12:7-8). To allow you to enjoy some of what I have observed and continue to encounter, this link will share my observations recorded on the iNaturalist app.

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