spider webOkay. So it’s not that exciting. Perhaps it is even a trap. Just the same, we are having some bitterly cold weather here in Gainesville, VA. So I would rather stay inside and catch up on the websites I have not had time to visit.

What websites? Well, here are a few.

Keith DeHavelle and mastersamwise have interesting blogs, and both apparently find the opinions of the other quite interesting.  Therefore, they have furiously debated here, What is a Conservative? Hint, Not Trump!

Anyway, during the next several days, I hope to have fun visiting other blogs and writing a few posts of my own.

What posts?

  • DATING THE GOSPELS. Most of the books Bibles have an introduction that includes the probable author and the probable date the book was written. Where does that information come from?
  • DOES GOD HATE: WHAT IS THE LOGIC OF LOVE? We live in an era that emphasizes love. On Valentines Day we celebrate love. We even say God is Love. Can the God who is Love hate?
  • WHICH OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES IS MOST PRESIDENTIAL? What does it mean for a candidate to be presidential? Is it important for a candidate to be presidential?


  1. I understand that you may want to limit the undertaking. I wasn’t faulting you for not going further. Just going through the scholarship on authorship of the Gospels is ambitious. I look forward to reading your reflections on that.

    There is no question that the Old Testament describes Moses giving the Jews the Law. As to authorship of the books of the Bible, however, I think the best information we have now is that the early books were compiled in roughly the time of David and Solomon. They no doubt pulled together information that was in common circulation in that region for some time prior. However, the Mosaic period is much earlier than that, roughly corresponding to the times described by Homer in his stories of early Greece. Obviously, there could be a lot of play in the joints on this chronology, and the scholarship is evolving with time. It is a tremendous blessing that we have available such ancient texts from a part of the world that has experienced so much turmoil.


    1. How do you believe the Bible and then not believe the Bible? Is stuff like this suppose to be allegorical?

      Deuteronomy 31:9-13 English Standard Version (ESV)
      The Reading of the Law

      9 Then Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel. 10 And Moses commanded them, “At the end of every seven years, at the set time in the year of release, at the Feast of Booths, 11 when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord your God at the place that he will choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law, 13 and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as you live in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”


  2. When you do your post on authors of various books in the Bible, I will be interested in reading more about your idea that Moses wrote Genesis (that was in the post that precedes this one, I think). I’m not sure you intend to go that far back – you do say “Dating the Gospels”, so perhaps I am being too ambitious, particularly since someone else (Tom) would be doing all the heavy work. In any event, I noted that reference to Moses in the other post, and thought it fairly fanciful, but I wasn’t sure whether you were joshing or serious.



    1. I am just looking at the Gospels.

      I wasn’t joshing about Moses writing Genesis. If we believe God created the universe, inspired the writing of the Bible, flooded the world, cursed Egypt with ten plagues and so forth, what is the big deal about believing Mose wrote the first five books of the Bible?

      Why am I just looking at the Gospels? I have not got the time to do more, and I also expect to find more online with respect to the Gospels.

      Anyway, I think that if we believe Jesus rose from the dead then his endorsement of the Old Testament ought to be enough, and Jesus said Moses gave the Jews the law.


  3. Good luck. I am looking forward to your observations and comments. There are a lot of meaningful posts to read in the blogasphere, but not enough time for us mere mortals to absorb and appreciate all the time and effort of the writers in my opinion. ..

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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