If you have a question about the Old Testament, suggestions for topics to be discussed, or any other issue related to the Hebrew Bible, you can contact me by email. My email address is as follows: drmariottini at

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  1. Terri Snyder says:

    My granddaughter would like to know what man is doing to upside down baby’s back in left handedness picture.


    • Terri,

      Thank you for your comment. The picture reflects the imagination of the artist. The title of the painting is “The Left Handed Painter.” When I was looking for a classical painting that reflects lefthandedness, that was the only painting I could find. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you what was in the mind of the artist when he painted this work.

      It is a strange picture, but somehow, I liked it when I saw the picture for the first time.

      Please, tell you granddaughter that the painting reflects only the view of the painter and that unfortunately we do not know what he intended by what he painted.

      Thank you for visiting my blog.

      Claude Mariottini


  2. Ian Paul Wragg says:

    Hi Claude. In your recent post on Messianic Prophecies you state that Genesis 3:15 is not a Messianic prophesy and follow with “see here, here and here” but you do not have links attached to it. I am interested in what you have to say here and would like to follow the article up when the links are attached.
    It is the 5th last paragraph of the article.

    Cheers, Ian Wragg
    Geelong Australia.


    • Ian,

      I apologize for the failure to include the links. When I published the post I forgot that I needed to add the links in those places.

      I have added the links and updated the post. After you read my posts, let me know what you think.

      Claude Mariottini


  3. How do you deal with the contradictions in the OT? For example, Ruth and Malachi are thought to be written as “protest literature” against Ezra-Nehemiah (EN). EN says YHWH wants his people to divorce their foreign wives (Moabites included). According to Malachi, YHWH hates divorce; according to Ruth, YHWH is okay with Moabite women… Using the presupposition that the Bible (OT included) is the “word of God,” how do you deal with this issue? (I need an honest answer – not some Norman Geisler gibberish gymnastics.)


    • Dear Friend,

      Thank you for your comment. A thorough answer to your question would require more than a few paragraphs. The reason is that I need to set the proper background to answer your question.

      Let me begin by saying that the Bible is the word of God. The Bible is the story of what God is doing in the world. There are many characters in this story, and because they are humans, they make mistakes and fail to live their proper role in this grand story.

      As to your questions. First, Ruth is a protest literature. Malachi probably was active before Ezra and Nehemiah. Second, God does not hate divorce, to the contrary, God allows it (see Deut. 24:1-4) even though it was not his will for people to get divorced (see Matt. 19:7-8). What God hates is when men send their wives away without a decree of divorce. Read my post on divorce.

      God does not reject all Moabites, only those who worship pagan gods. Ruth was a believer in the God of Israel.

      As you can see, a proper understanding of the God of the old Testament solves most of these so-called contradictions in the Old Testament. The issues you raised are based on a misunderstanding of what the Bible teaches about God. If I had time, I would elaborate on these issues.

      Thank you for visiting my blog.

      Claude Mariottini


  4. Simona Ardelean says:

    I really appreciate the quality blog articles. Can refer advise me similar forums specializing in the New Testament?
    Thank you,
    Simona Ardelean


  5. devorah43 says:

    Would you comment on releasing people from debt on the 7th year – Deuteronomy 15:1


    • Deborah,

      Thank you for your question. The purpose of this law is to limit the time a person served as a debt slave because of his or her inability to pay the debt. The law limits the time of bond service to seven years. The idea present in the law was the desire to avoid the development of a group of people in ancient Israel that was hopelessly and perpetually in debt.

      This law about debt cancellation reflects the covenant traditions of ancient Israel. This law is contrary to today’s idea of a free market where the idea of debt cancellation does not exist. Since I have never written on this subject, I may write a post on this topic sometime in the future.

      Thank you for visiting my blog.

      Claude Mariottini


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