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Giants

Og, King of Bashan: Underworld Ruler or Ancient Giant?

The answer lies in his bed.

Prof.

Laura Quick

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Samson the Demigod?

Samson’s conception story may be read subversively as the result of a union between a divine being and a mortal woman, making Samson a demi-god with superhuman characteristics. At the same time, the text keeps open the more mundane possibility that his father is Manoah and his powers are simply a gift from God.

Dr.

Naphtali Meshel

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Kiryat-Arba: The Father of Giants and the City of Four

How the conflation of Kiryat-arba and Hebron created a new mythic character, Arba, father of the giants.

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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"Kiryat-Arba is Hebron…." But Is It?

The conflation of two cities over time

Dr.

Jacob L. Wright

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Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Inventing the Mythic Amorite Kingdom of Sihon

Inserting the Amorites into Transjordan to manage a Conflict between Cousins

Dr.

Rachel Havrelock

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