Posts Tagged: ANE

1 Samuel 8:7 – Rejecting God

The mindset of the people in the Ancient Near East (ANE) was quite different from ours today.  This is a major reason that when we read the Bible, we need to do so with the mind of someone in ancient Israel.  If we don’t do that; if we read and judge from our modern perspective,…

Numbers 27:4 – Feminists

There are many misinformed and foolish people who say the Bible is misogynistic.  They characterize God as a woman-hating male supreme being that wants to put women down and keep them in their place (barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen?).  In their culturally deluded thinking, they believe that what they imagine is the situation today…

Genesis 44:5 – Divination

God has made it abundantly clear in His revelation that the practice of divination is forbidden, yet in Genesis 44:5 the text tells us this about Joseph: “Is it not from this that my lord [Joseph] drinks, and by this that he practices divination? You have done evil in doing this.’” A few verses later…

Idols: Then & Now

In our westernized, Christian worldview, the idols of old made of stone and wood make little sense.  We wonder how the peoples of the Ancient Near East (ANE) could be so foolish as to think that a statue of some sort was worthy of worship.  How stupid could they have been back in those days? …