Entries by Derek Gilbert

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Sodom, Baal-Peor, and the Cult of the Dead

During the Exodus, one of the more unusual confrontations between the Hebrews faithful to Yahweh and those who preferred a more tolerant view of the pagan religions they encountered occurred […]

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Son of the Cup

You are no doubt familiar with the basic outline of the story of Father Abraham: He faithfully followed God’s call and left his home in northern Mesopotamia, near Harran (it’s […]

The Pourer of Water

  Derek GilbertDerek Gilbert Bio Derek P. Gilbert hosts SkyWatchTV, a Christian television program that airs on several national networks, the long-running interview podcast A View from the Bunker, and […]

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The Gods of the Abyss

The Greeks and Romans shared a good deal of their religion. The names were different (with the notable exception of Apollo), but the gods were pretty much the same. Zeus […]

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The Loathed Dead God

Satan is the entity called Baal by the ancient Canaanites. Jesus confirmed that identity in Matthew 12:24 by linking Satan to Beelzebul (“Baal the prince”). In Canaanite religion, Baal was […]

Unmasking the Rebel in Eden

Chapter 14 of the Book of Isaiah is absolutely fascinating. It’s long been interpreted as a condemnation of the rebel in the Garden of Eden. It certainly is that; Jerome’s […]

The Nephilim and the sons of God

If the Bible’s condemnation of an ancient race of giants and the supernatural entities who created them—in other words, the Nephilim and the “sons of God” from Genesis 6—was unique […]

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The Mighty Men Who were of Old

The Mighty Men Who Were of Old Once upon a time, giants roamed the earth. That sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale. Most Christians have never been taught […]

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In the Beginning….Alpha and Omega

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. —Revelation 1:8 *** In the […]

The Bulls of Bashan

Last time, we shared the work of scholar Nicolas Wyatt, who pointed out that regrouping the consonants of the original Hebrew changes Deuteronomy 32:8 to read: When the Most High […]

A Lot of Bull: El, Kronos, and the Sin of Jeroboam

Scholar Amar Annus has shown that the name of the old gods of the Greeks, the Titans, was derived from the name of an ancient Amorite tribe, the Tidanu. The […]

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From Eden to Sheol: Satan, Lord of the Dead

  Every so often, someone asks why I spend so much time studying the giants mentioned in the Bible. The implication is that the giants, variously called Anakim, Rephaim, and […]