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In my book, my central point was that these promises were not altogether abandoned. I think we err if we insist that real estate is the ultimate aim of this promise. Instead, in my opinion, this promise—the ingathering of “all” Israel back into the land—was an eschatological event that transcended (and continues to transcend) geographical area and time.

Read More The Ten Northern Tribes and their Land Promises: Dialoguing with Lindsay Kennedy’s Review of My Book (Part 2)

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Lindsay Kennedy posed a few points in his review of my book, which I would like to begin to address. I realize that the only way I am going to find time to respond is to address it a bit via blogging every morning during my reflection and study time. With that said, I plan to make this a much larger series, which will transcend at times, this dialogue. Lindsay, I do apologize that it has taken me so long to interact my friend.

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My childhood was mostly gripped by economic despair. It was spent deep in an isolated part of Appalachia. My pre-teen youth was split between a two-room dirt-floor cabin and an old mobile home with boarded windows—in both instances, I did not possess the luxuries of electricity or indoor plumbing.

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Does the Moabite Stone really contain the phrase “House of David?” It should also be noted that the line in question is severely fragmented. Keeping in mind that one-third of the inscription has been restored from available squeezes, the uncertain translation has been reconstructed partly by what is visible on the stone and what is visible from these squeezes.

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The stone has no doubt become the subject of a great amount of controversy within the guild. This should not be surprising in an era where the field has experienced a noticeable shift from maximalists like W. F. Albright, Cyrus Gordon, and Yigael Ladin—who led the way in believing that the Bible reflected true history—to minimalists, like Thomas L. Thompson, Philip Davies, and Niels Peter Lemche— who posit that the biblical text is not historically oriented.

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The Moabite Stone (also called the Mesha Stele) is one of the earliest discoveries directly related to the biblical narrative. For it refers by name to King Omri of Israel, and thus, provides a written source from another ruling power of Israel’s existence. Moreover, it claims to have conquered the people of Israel, who were led by this king and his unnamed son, and to have captured cultic objects of worship that were dedicated to YHWH (line 18). Thus, the inscription makes an explicit connection between YHWH and Israel.

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The backstory to the discovery of the Moabite Stone is quite a fascinating account. On August 19th 1868, Frederick Augustus Klein (F. A. Klein), an Anglican medical missionary in Jerusalem, was made aware of the stone. Accompanied by the son of a famous Arab tribal sheikh, named Zattam, who provided protection for the duration of a trip, Klein undertook a journey—as he often did—to provide medical aid to both Jews and Arabs. This included a community of Bedouins on the east side of the Dead Sea at “an encampment about ten minutes from the ruins” of Dibon.

Read More The Discovery and Acquisition of the Moabite Stone