Actually, what I discussed was textual criticism and how we are sometimes guilty of wrestling to understand the wrong biblical text! But it’s more fun to talk about David and Goliath, so that’s the way I did it.
For those who are interested, here is the PowerPoint presentation I used: “Opponents of Unusual Size.” Enjoy!
I was also informed (in jest, I’m almost certain) that a rumor had started that I was doing a Bible study on bestiality. I can only say that, if I were writing a book, that is exactly the sort of rumor I would hope someone would get started!
Over at JesusCreed, contributor RJS lays out the arguments for both common interpretations of the book of Jonah.
I’ve long thought the greatest stumbling block to interpreting Jonah as literal history is not the great fish but rather the repentance of the Ninevites—an event of which extrabiblical records know nothing and, on the contrary, eighth-century Assyrian history would seem to emphatically refute.
Have a look at what RJS has to say, however, and make up your own minds.
Adam K-J has supplied a second Septuagint Studies Soirée, a substantial survey of scintillating Septuagintal scholarship. Splendid!
There’s a new blog carnival in town! Abram K-J has put together the first-ever carnival dedicated exclusively to the Septuagint. Go over and have a look at his Words on the Word blog.
Peter Enns discusses this question a bit in order to link to a chart (PDF) put together by Trent C. Butler in his review of Konrad Schmid’s The Old Testament: A Literary History. As Enns points out, the details are definitely open to scholarly debate, but nobody really doubts that something like what Schmid proposes is what actually happened. Namely, the books of the Old Testament had a long prehistory before they came to be written down in the form we have them today.