During the 58th annual meeting (November 16, 2006) of the Evangelical Theological Society in Washington DC, Michael S. Heiser presented a paper, “You’ve Seen One Elohim, You’ve Seen Them All? A Critique of Mormonism’s Apologetic Use of Psalm 82.” He critiqued some of Daniel C. Peterson’s lengthy discourse, “‘Ye Are Gods’: Psalm 82 and John 10 as Witnesses to the Divine Nature of Humankind.” (Which evidently, the authors of The New Mormon Challenge briefly challenged. Also, James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries has put in his two cents on the topic.)
On Bloggernacle, back in March, Nitsav at Faith Promoting Rumor introduces this exchange between Heiser and Bokovoy, and then follows up with another post in August. (You will find the blog name, Nitsav, in Psalm 82. Of course, my real name, Elon, is semitic. Fun stuff.)
In August, David Bokovoy places a provocative statement on the Mormon Apologetics and Discussion Board:
While some conservative Christians might wish to view the Bible as some sort of pristine collection, uninfluenced by its environment, Biblical scholars attempt to place the Bible in its ancient Near Eastern setting by considering the Mesopotamian, Hittite, Canaanite, and even to some extent, the Egyptian influences upon the authors.
As I suggested in one of the footnotes, Assyriology is especially important for a Biblicist. The Old Testament temples, laws, literally styles, treaties, creation accounts, and even council imagery were heavily influenced by Mesopotamian traditions.
In other words, without Babel there would be not Bible.
Next Monday, I want to begin discussing this topic, starting with a part one.