Nathan MacDonald on the evidence for monotheism in the Hebrew Bible. Despite the extensive attention that has been given to Philippians 2:6-11 in relation to its Christology, the possibility that v8 alludes to the story about Jesus in Gethsemane has received only cursory mention when it has been considered at all. Many religious stories are built around the manifestation on earth of divine power in some form (a miracle, a healing, a special blessing). In a dramatic act of healing, Jesus puts saliva on a blind man's eyes and restores his sight ( Mark 8:22-26). As the writer of Ecclesiastes mourns, and as John the Evangelist hints, there is no end to the number of works one might consult for acquiring knowledge. When commencing research for a paper or sermon, a critically important skill is that of discerning th... "Revisionist history" is inherently redundant, since all history is revised. As George Bernard Shaw writes: "History is always out of date," and is rewritten to lie, to burn, and to stick in our throats. That is to say, a revision may seek to humiliate an... A History of God examines the familiar images of deity as presented in the Bible and Koran and traces the evolution and interrelation of the various Christian, Jewish, and Islamic interpretations of the divine figure. Like many children raised in an Evangelical, charismatic church environment in the 80s, I was surrounded by a simmering fervour regarding the End Times and the Rapture, which we were constantly reminded could happen at any time. And like so many Christian... The Qumran texts testify to the pluralism of Jewish beliefs, practices, and textual forms of the Hebrew Bible in the Second Temple period.