• Humour in the Bible 13: 1 Chronicles 4 The Prayer of Jabez

    Mar 3, 15 • 1 Chronicles, HumourNo Comments
    Humour in the Bible 13: 1 Chronicles 4 The Prayer of Jabez

    The prayer of Jabez was wildly popular a few years back among voguish Christians worried about the lack of obvious and excess prosperity in their lives (compared to those richer and general better off than them, not compared to the world population in general). Even without that 1 Chron 4:9-10 is funny (strange peculiar, if [&hellip...

  • Shephelah: Tel Azekah, David and Iron Technology

    Mar 2, 15 • GeographyNo Comments
    Shephelah: Tel Azekah, David and Iron Technology

    The third short summary video, in this series, focuses on the Shephelah (foothills between the hill country and the plains). I’ll stress that it is liminal territory, a boundary region that ideas and armies must cross. We look at Tel Azeka and the Elah Valley, where the story of David’s fight with Goliath takes place. [&hellip...

  • Land of the Bible: Routes

    Feb 25, 15 • GeographyNo Comments
    Land of the Bible: Routes

    Continuing our introduction to how geography helps shape the Bible story, and understanding the lie of the land can illuminate Bible stories we consider where the roads ran. The lie of the land (avoiding steep hillsides and deserts) determines the direction and usefulness of roads. Roads transmitted wealth, knowledge and power. So hills, passes and [&hellip...

  • The Land of the Bible

    Feb 16, 15 • GeographyNo Comments
    The Land of the Bible

    First video in a new series I plan to prepare for a series of sessions I am doing at church on the boring sounding (but actually enthralling and exciting) topic of the geography of the land where the Bible stories happened. The goal of the series is to bring Scripture to life through pictures and [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible: Book 12: 2 Kings 1: Mission interrupted.

    Feb 2, 15 • 2 Kings, HumourNo Comments
    Humour in the Bible: Book 12: 2 Kings 1: Mission interrupted.

    Since Google suggests the first chapter of 2 Kings is humorous I’ll measure it against the criteria. It meets most (but not all) which i think makes it clear this passage is not merely funny but was intended to be funny. Though again it is a “black” humour. As a bonus I’ll offer a reading [&hellip...

  • Jeremiah’s third confession: Jer 17:12-18: How might YHWH respond?

    Jan 28, 15 • Complaint, JeremiahNo Comments
    Jeremiah’s third confession: Jer 17:12-18: How might YHWH respond?

    Jeremiah’s third confession is a monologue, mainly (or all, depending where we think it starts) addressed to God. Complaint is the dominant tone, and Jeremiah asks for vengeance on his opponents. So this text raises interesting questions about the nature of Scripture, and how God might read (some parts of) the Bible… ...

  • Humour in the Bible 11: 1 Kings: In an idol moment

    Jan 23, 15 • 1 Kings, HumourNo Comments
    Humour in the Bible 11: 1 Kings: In an idol moment

    Idols, “gods” that people make! The very idea of making a god is one of those notions that almost have to reduce you to tears (whether of laughter or sadness and desperation depends on the circumstances), and the Bible has plenty of fun at the expense (in both senses) of idols. In this episode, therefore, [&hellip...

  • Jeremiah’s second confession: Jer 15:10-21: complex relationships

    Jeremiah’s second confession: Jer 15:10-21: complex relationships

    Continuing a series on The Confessions of Jeremiah, we’ll explore the second of these rich and complex texts Jer 15:10-21. Although I only have 5 minutes I hope I’ll give you material to spark several times that of study of the biblical text for it is out of such personal wrestling (sometimes like Jeremiah’s struggles [&hellip...

  • Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part Two Jeremiah and Yahweh

    Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part Two Jeremiah and Yahweh

    In the previous two podcasts in this series I’ve introduced “the Confessions of Jeremiah” and the first confession (11:18-12:6). Here we’ll look at this text from the point of view of how it portrays the characters of Jeremiah (in the book the speaker of the passage) and his God (whom he often addresses and on [&hellip...

  • Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part One

    Dec 8, 14 • Complaint, JeremiahNo Comments
    Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part One

    Before thinking about this “confession” we’ll first look at lament psalms briefly. Lament psalms often contain: – an address (maybe simply “O God” or “O Lord”) – a/some complaint(s) – a request for help addressed to God – the affirmation of trust in God, as thanks for past action or simply as praise and conviction [&hellip...