• Land of the Bible: Jezreel Valley

    Mar 24, 15 • Archaeology, Context, Geography1 Comment
    Land of the Bible: Jezreel Valley

    In this episode we visit two city sites in the Jezreel Valley, Megiddo (with a wealth of archaeological features) illustrates a major royal centre of power, and the smaller Jezreel a royal palace and capital. These visits will lead to a consideration of stories of the reign of Ahab and of the place of kingship [&hellip...

  • Land of the Bible: Wadi Qelt: the road from Jerusalem to Jericho

    Mar 17, 15 • Geography, Luke, Psalms2 Comments
    Land of the Bible: Wadi Qelt: the road from Jerusalem to Jericho

    In this video we visit the Wadi Qelt, the gorge that cuts down into the steep Judean Hills and so provided a passable route in ancient times between Jericho (in the Jordan Valley and Jerusalem in the hills). We’ll begin near the Ein Prat (Prat Spring) and passing the monastery head down towards the opening [&hellip...

  • Land of the Bible: The Rift Valley

    Mar 10, 15 • ContextNo Comments
    Land of the Bible: The Rift Valley

    The Jordan Valley forms part of the great rift in the earth’s surface that reaches down to the middle of Africa. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth. The Jordan Valley forms both a psychological and a physical barrier for crossing into the land from the east. The Dead Sea is “dead” because [&hellip...

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

    Mar 3, 15 • 1 Chronicles, Humour2 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, Humour2 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...