Rereading Genesis 18 and 19

Yahweh, the God of Israel

We all know the story about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, right?

Abraham’s nephew Lot takes residence east of Canaan around the city of Sodom. Unfortunately, the people there were vicious sinners. God is resolved to destroy the place. The angels rescue Lot, and God eventually destroys Sodom and Gomorrah. All good, but is it all there is?

Yahweh יהוה is the personal name of the God of Israel. In our English bibles, it is written in small caps, “Lᴏʀᴅ.” It has been a practice not to pronounce the name for religious reasons. In Israel today, one of the…


When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to…


How most modern readers get the creation story wrong and other things

This is a continuation of my article on Genesis. Earlier, I explained how in properly understanding ancient texts like the Bible we should first abandon modern and anachronistic notions of the universe and instead embrace the cosmological worldview that ancient people had. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend you do so here. In this next article, we will be looking at verse 2 of Genesis 1.

You might have heard the phrase, “creatio ex nihilo.” This is Latin for “creation out of nothing,” suggesting that God…


In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 ESV)

Genesis has been a controversial book for many because it deals with a somewhat controversial subject: the question of origins. Christians don’t disagree on the notion that God created the universe — it is the “how” question that gets all the fuss.

As a result, apologists from both camps: Young Earth Creationists on one hand and Theistic Evolutionists on the other have been debating the subject for quite some time already. …

Jonah Elbert Rosaroso

Biblical Studies, Theology, Comparative Religion, etc.

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