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Joel S. Baden
Joel S. Baden is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School. He is the author, most recently, of The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero (HarperOne, 2013).

Entries by Joel S. Baden

Creationism Versus the Bible

(35) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 2:57 PM

If you tuned in to the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye creationism vs. science debate, you may well have found yourself thinking, "This guy just doesn't get it." And, regardless of which side you're on or which guy you were referring to, you were probably right.

As entertaining as...

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What Makes a Jew?

(75) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 8:58 PM

On October 1, a poll released by the Pew Research Center revealed the shocking news that over 60 percent of American Jews consider Judaism to be "mainly a matter of ancestry and culture," while only 15 percent say it is a matter of religion. Shocking, perhaps -- but...

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The Problem With Rationalizing the Bible

(2138) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 11:12 AM

For 2,000 years, the biblical stories in which God changes the course of nature were called miracles. Indeed, that is the very definition of a miracle. And miracles were the defining feature of the deity, the ineluctable proof of God's existence and power. Yet since the rise of the Enlightenment...

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