Author Archives: johnandjanet

About johnandjanet

Janet and I are non-affiliated thinkers, researchers, and writers. Our research and writing interests include biblical exegesis and theology, Old and New Testament backgrounds, hermeneutics, biblical and philosophical ethics, the history of Christian thought, and cultural critique.

The Earliest Prophecy (nĕḇû’â) in Israel: The Pre-Classical non-Writing Prophets

Earliest Hebrew Prophecy

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The “Classical Era” of Hebrew Prophecy: (ca. 760-460 B.C.)

Classical Hebrew Prophets

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“For the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword”: Re-deploy at will

Jeremiah 23:23-32 23 Am I a God near by, says Yahweh, and not a God far off? 24 Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says Yahweh. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says Yahweh. 25 I … Continue reading

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Evil, Deceiving Spirits from Yahweh & Yahweh’s “Inciting” Human Actions

Evil Deceiving Spirits from Yahweh

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Israel’s Varied Testimony Regarding Kingship

Israel’s Varied Testimony Regarding Kingship

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Dating the Birth of Abraham, the Patriarchal Era, and the Israelite Exodus from Egypt

Dating the Patriarchs and the Exodus

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The “Birth”-“Life”-“Death” & “Resurrection” of Israel

The Birth-Life-Death and Resurrection of Israel

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Old Testament History Time-Line

Old Testament History Time-Line

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“A Taste of Home”

A Taste of Home

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The Full Law of “Loving Your Neighbor”: Parts I & II of the 2nd Greatest Command

Jesus’ teaching attacked the arrogance, the sense of entitlement, and the acts of oppression of those in power—Sadducees, Pharisees, Herodians—and others. As a consequence, he had enemies who confronted and tested him. Out of such confrontations  emerged this question put to … Continue reading

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Divine Justice (Theodicy), Innocent Suffering, & Dual Retribution (Causality) in Ancient Near Eastern Wisdom Thought & in Biblical Wisdom Literature

Divine Justice (Theodicy), Innocent Suffering, & Dual Retribution (Causality) in Ancient Near Eastern Wisdom Thought & in Biblical Wisdom Literature

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Yahweh Who Regrets, Relents, and Changes His Mind

Yahweh Who Regrets, Relents, and Changes His Mind

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Biblical Reference Resources for Teachers, Preachers, & Writers

What? The Anchor Bible Dictionary, vols. I-VI, ed. David Noel Freedman (New York: Doubleday, 1992) [on CD-Rom with Logos or Accordance]; The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, vols. 1-5, ed. Katherine Doob Sakenfeld (Nashville: Abingdon, 2006) [available also in … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading

John D. Fortner, Ph.D. / Fall 2015 Recommended Reading This list of 15 books is indicative of those that I have profited from (re-)reading in recent months. These works cover biblical theology, developments in early Judaism, and methodologies for the … Continue reading

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“I Pledge Allegiance . . .”

“I pledge allegiance . . . to Jesus Christ, and to the Kingdom for which he lived, died, and rose.       ‘May His Kingdom come’        in all its fullness;       ‘May the knowledge of Yahveh       cover the earth, as the waters … Continue reading

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