Dru Johnson and Matt Lynch discuss mirror-reading during their Q&A episode. I respond to their concerns of mirror-reading and discuss my own mirror-reading methodology.
I respond to OnScript's podcast episode that they did with Iain Provan. I discuss the importance of knowing the original intentions of each of the sources of Genesis, how the Elohist tried to portray Jacob as a good guy, the curses in Genesis and the reason the Bible talks about annihilating everyone the Israelites conquered.
The renowned prophet from Moab had cursed the Israelites. Moab is on the rise and the Israelites on the border think about defecting. The Elohist responds to those claims.
Moses was a Kenite and was the son of Jethro. The golden calf and the elders of Israel lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Some Israelites believe they are Amorites and seek to break away from the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The Elohist responds to these claims.
Joseph died and was never sold into Egypt. Ephraim and Mannaseh were from Egypt and should never have ruled over the rest of the tribes of Israel. Jacob didn't realize he had blessed Ephraim over Mannaseh. Benjamin is wooed to leave the Southern Kingdom and join the Norther Kingdom. Ephraim struggles to forgive the other tribes for plotting the death of their king. The Elohist responds to this tumultuous situation.
Jacob was Laban's servant that stole his livestock, daughters and gods. Jacob didn't love Rachel and refused to have sex with her. Jacob and Israel were two different people. The Elohist responds to those claims.
Isaac wasn't Abraham's son, Abraham had other sons, Abraham served other gods and killed Isaac. The Elohist responds to those claims.
If you'd like to read about my methodology for the Abraham Cycle, check out this post.
Does the Old Testament contain political propaganda? Absolutely! Learn more about the political situations the Old Testament authors were responding to. Reassigning bloodlines, establishing boundaries, reinterpreting sayings, managing reputations and defending kingly as well as priestly lines were all political talking points in the OT.