Who Was Ishtar and What is Her Connection to Easter?

Old-Babylonian Plaque of Ishtar

By now, many people are aware that Ishtar has nothing to do with Easter. However, there are still a number of Bible teachers, such as Chick.com and LastTrumpetMinistries who preach that Easter is derived from the cult of Ishtar. Is there a reason for this myth? What about the Easter symbols, like bunnies and eggs? … Read more

What Is Taking The Lord’s Name In Vain? (It’s Not What You Think)

the 10 commandments

When I was a kid in Catholic school we were taught all about different types of sins. We learned the big 10 sins that are listed in the 10 commandments; although, technically there are more than 10. We learned the 7 deadly sins, which oddly enough, are not really in the Bible. We also learned … Read more

Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 Are Not about Satan

Mountain range in Czech

Once upon a time I set out to figure out what the Old Testament had to say about Satan. It turns out that it does not say very much. Although, it has a lot to say about the fallen angels and the council of gods, which we will see below. Some verses that people believe … Read more

No, The Leviathan Is Not A Crocodile

Tiamat Cylinder Seal

I have heard many pastors and church leaders attempt to link the leviathan with a real animal which could be recognized by humans. This idea that the Leviathan was a crocodile or similar creature is a very popular teaching. I can still recall being in youth group discussing the possible animals that could be the … Read more

Did Jesus or The New Testament Authors Quote from The Apocryphal Books?

Judith kills Holofernes (Book of Judith 13), published in 1877

Update: This article was not intended to be a full-throated defense of the canonization of the apocryphal books because I do not personally believe that the entire collection should be canonized. However, due to the content of this post and the reason why most people are reading this, I will be addressing canonicity in the … Read more

Biblical Archaeology: What is The Eridu Genesis?

Eridu Genesis Tablet, Penn Museum

About the Eridu Genesis Creation Myth Dating The Eridu Genesis myth comes from Old Babylonian empire and is usually dated to about 1600 BCE. It was written on clay tablets which are quite fragmented. It is often refereed to as the Sumerian Flood Myth. This is because it’s recorded in Sumerian cuneiform. However, paleographers would … Read more