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King David and the Illusory Judah

By Mahri Leonard-Fleckman

Reading the story of King David, we have always assumed the primacy of David’s connection with Judah. The Bible tells a clear story, or so it seems— David became king of Judah first (2 Sam. 2:4), then king of Israel (2 Sam. 5:1-3). In the past decade, archaeologists and biblical scholars alike have pushed this notion further to argue that David was king of Judah alone (e.g., see Jacob Wright’s article “David, King of Judah (Not Israel)” ). See complete essay

The Founders of the United States and the Bible

By Carl J. Richard

In sharp contrast to numerous books that focus obsessively on a few founders, implying falsely that their beliefs were typical of their class and generation, my new book, The Founders and the Bible (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2016), examines the religious beliefs of approximately thirty founders of the United States. What I demonstrate is that while four founders (Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams) possessed biblically unorthodox beliefs concerning the divine origins and authority of Scripture, ... See complete essay

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The Neoliberal Lives of Jesus

By Robert J. Myles

The division of historical Jesus research into three broad quests (Old Quest, New Quest, Third Quest) has attracted much criticism in recent years. The quest terminology draws from the English translation of Albert Schweitzer’s monumental book The Quest of the Historical Jesus (first appearing in German in 1906 as Geschichte der Leben-Jesu-Forschung). Schweitzer’s meta-critical work, in which he reviewed the previous two centuries’ research on the historical Jesus, was regarded as a serious blow to the original quest. See complete essay

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