Bnonn Tennant (the B is silent)

Where a recovering ex-atheist skewers things with a sharp two-edged sword

Applying torque to opposing corners of my Bible

Fundamentalists claim that I am mishandling Deuteronomy 22:5 by going beyond its literal meaning. I illustrate how their literalist hermeneutic makes nonsense of not only this passage, but all of human discourse.

4″     2

Read

Who is the serpent in Genesis, and is it an actual snake?

Several different strands of evidence point to the serpent being not an animal, but a shining, serpentine angelic being.

4″     12

Read

Thorny problems with the serpent being a talking snake

This surprisingly common YEC interpretation of Genesis 3 is problematic for at least seven reasons.

4″     1

Read

Angels and ghosts

The common assumption that Matthew 18 and Acts 12 give us glimpses of guardian angels is probably mistaken. Rather, the term angel in these passages is referring to human spirits.

7″     4

Read

Word studies are not exegesis

Or, don’t bother learning the original languages if you don’t yet know how communication works in even your native tongue.

10″     6

Read

Annihilationism versus eternal torture

…and why I don’t have anything to do with the Christian Apologetics Alliance.

8″     2

Read

How would a Hebrew have pictured Genesis 1?

I meant to note down a few interesting thoughts, but I accidentally wrote a commentary.

39″     11

Read

Fallen, sinning, incarcerated angels

A further exchange with Steve Hays in which I defend the Enochian interpretation of Genesis 6:1–4, Jude 6–7 and 2 Peter 2:4–10.

5″     1

Read

Titans, AE

A further exchange with Steve Hays in which I defend the Enochian interpretation of Genesis 6:1–4.

4″     6

Read

How many sons of God can dance on the head of a pin?

A response to Steve Hays in which I defend the Enochian interpretation of Genesis 6:1–4, and point out some obvious problems with his objections.

3″     0

Read

Was Moses the first Asimov?

A commenter accuses me of turning Genesis 6:1–4 into science fiction, and I use the occasion to further demonstrate how the traditional Enochian interpretation is the only one that stands up to testing.

9″     4

Read

What is Genesis 6:1–4 talking about?

Some hermeneutical and exegetical thoughts defending the Enochian view of the sons of God and the Nephilim.

10″     9

Read

What does the Lord say about homosexuality?

A response to a friend’s questions on Facebook.

11″     0

Read

Did Aaron’s staff actually turn into a crocodile?

Most translations say it turned into a snake. I think they are right—a crocodile is not in view—given both the inter-textual and socio-religious evidence.

4″     0

Read

Inerrancy without the weasels

Why do formulations of inerrancy always seem to conceal the most important issue?

4″     18

Read

What if the Bible depicts a solid domed sky and a flat earth held up by pillars?

What would this tell us about the Hebrew worldview, and about inerrancy?

4″     4

Read