Author: MikeHeiser

John Piper Blogs on Psalm 82 — and Doesn’t Fudge the Text

I just wanted to extend a thanks to John Piper for his recent essay on his Desiring God blog. Dr. Piper’s short essay on Psalm 82 was entitled, “Putting the Gods in Their Place.” I hope you’ll all give it a read. (Thanks to those who brought it to my attention). While I wish Dr. Piper hadn’t used scare quotes around the word gods, he doesn’t fudge the truth that the biblical writers believed the gods were real. In fact, he specifically (and accurately) connects the gods to the principalities and powers that Paul wrote about. Beyond that point, he takes a pastoral approach to the passage. I’ve read too many evangelicals that basically end up saying the text in Psalm 82 just can’t mean what it plainly says. (“The gods are just people … move along citizens, nothing to see here”). Dr. Piper doesn’t do that. I don’t know if he has read my book The Unseen Realm or read any of my journal articles on Psalm 82 and the divine council. I’m going to ask Lexham to send him a copy of the book as a token of appreciation for not following the herd. The essay (and the scare quotes) made me think of my first publishing experience. Way back in 2001 at the end of the editorial process for my article (“Deuteronomy 32:8 and the Sons...

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More Kindle Academic Papers from Mike Available

A couple of weeks ago I posted three of my conference papers that have been converted to Kindle format. Here are four additional papers for Kindle: Michael S. Heiser, “Thinking Clearly about the Jesus Family Tomb: A Conference Paper” Michael S. Heiser, “Anthropomorphisms in P: A Conference Paper” Michael S. Heiser, “Are Yahweh and El Separate Deities in Psalm 82 and Deuteronomy 32? A Conference Paper” Michael S. Heiser, “Did Jesus Allow for Reincarnation?: A Conference Paper”...

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Important New Article on the Septuagint

I’m happy to announce and recommend this article by Ed Glenny: “The Septuagint and Biblical Theology.” I’m even happier that it’s freely accessible to all of you. Ed was my first Bible teacher way back in the day at Bible college. Listeners to the Naked Bible Podcast may recall his name, as I chatted with him on the podcast during last November’s ETS/SBL meetings. Here’s a portion of the Glenny article, drawn from this link (which contains notifications of some other new Septuagint [LXX] work, but those aren’t freely accessible): This article addresses the question: How does the LXX...

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Testimonial Regarding Recent Fern and Audrey Work

I’m writing this as vaguely as possible due to privacy interests. The following testimonial comes from someone in the ministry I met during one of my Unseen Realm events. This pastor and his wife needed Fern and Audrey’s help as they are working through survivor / ritual abuse / trauma-based mind programming issues. For what that language (broadly) entails, see here. Regular readers will of course know about Fern and Audrey’s ministry to survivors. The MIQLAT ministry is helping to raise money to cover survivor expenses. The first line made me chuckle — the comparison to the X-Men “school for the gifted” (no Wolverine there). This pastor and his wife have had several sessions with Fern and Audrey at this point. The outcome is precisely what we all hope to see. Our arrival at Dr. Xavier’s School for the Gifted (what I fondly call the office of Fern and Audrey) set the tone for our entire stay. Fern and Audrey greeted my wife and I with warm hugs and great hospitality. From the first moment, we felt welcomed and loved. Fern and Audrey have created a safe place for survivors of SRA and TMC to begin to heal and discover their gifts. These wonderful women are truly on the front line, seeking to advance God’s rule and reign by beginning the process of helping move His precious children into the glorious future...

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