• Jonah’s Psalm

    Jun 13, 14 • Context, Faithfully, Genre, JonahNo Comments
    Jonah’s Psalm

    The psalm in Jonah 2:2-9 (2:3-10 in Hebrew) is a fine example of a thanksgiving psalm, and everything in its expression and theology would sound fine in the book of Psalms. However, on Jonah’s lips after we have heard the narrative of chapter one, it takes a different flavour. Read in its place in the [&hellip...

  • Jonah: Thoroughly fishy!

    Jun 12, 14 • Genre, Humour, Jonah2 Comments
    Jonah: Thoroughly fishy!

    Spotting the exaggerations and humour in the book can help us understand, but it also acts as a warning!...

  • Eliphaz: Truth into lies

    Eliphaz: Truth into lies

    It’s easy to preach lies from the book of  Job. It won’t be as obvious as preaching Atheism from Psalms (see Ps 10:4; 14:1; 53:1). All you have to do is take a passage from the speeches by his friends. Of course God tells us at the end of the book that they “have not spoken what [&hellip...

  • E100-8: Genesis 21:1-22:19: Life on a rollercoaster

    May 6, 14 • E100, Genesis, Jesus, SinNo Comments
    E100-8: Genesis 21:1-22:19: Life on a rollercoaster

    These two chapters, as well as some (now several millennia later) boring stuff about wells, contain some of the heights and depths of human experience. A birth to a childless couple, well well after normal childbearing years, and nasty vindictive selfishness. But also an outrageous demand from God, blind obedience and a few hints of [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible Book 7 Judges: Gender Bending

    May 3, 14 • Gender, Humour, Judges1 Comment
    Humour in the Bible Book 7 Judges: Gender Bending

    Judges is one Bible book where it has been common to recognise humour. Ehud killing the fat and oppressive king Eglon in the toilet has been a popular example, though  I’ll pretty much leave the scatology to David and others who appreciate it I’d rather focus on gender. In Judges relationships between men and women [&hellip...

  • Universalism, or Not? Part Two: Psalm 69

    Apr 24, 14 • Psalms, UniversalismNo Comments
    Universalism, or Not? Part Two: Psalm 69

    As a counterbalance to Jonah I’ll take Psalm 69. I’m considering it as typifying many Bible passages where people pray imprecation on evil people (usually their own enemies, but sometimes the enemies of others). Something deep in us wants to believe that God is just. Such prayers appeal to this...

  • Universalism, or Not? Part One: Jonah

    Apr 24, 14 • Jonah, Universalism4 Comments
    Universalism, or Not? Part One: Jonah

    In this short series (of two podcasts) I’ll describe two things I think I know, two stakes in the ground when I come to think about the topic of “universalism” that has been much discussed (and even more an excuse for slanging matches) recently around the Bible-focused blogs. Let’s start by admitting there are many [&hellip...

  • Rendering unto Caesar: separation of church and state

    Rendering unto Caesar:  separation of church and state

    Another video exploring how our preunderstandings (the things that we think we “know” in advance that a Bible passage is about) can make us miss the point...

  • Jonah 1:11-12 Underestimating Jonah?

    Apr 1, 14 • Jonah, NarrativeNo Comments
    Jonah 1:11-12  Underestimating Jonah?

    I has been too long since I added to my (very) slowly growing series on Jonah. So, when I saw that this magnificent little book was among the ones otherwise missing from the April carnival I could not resist. We like our stories (fairly) simple, we want to know who the goodies and the baddies [&hellip...

  • Introducing the Torah or Pentateuch

    Mar 27, 14 • Law/Torah/PentateuchNo Comments
    Introducing the Torah or Pentateuch

    One of the things I have not yet done as well as I’d like is to package these podcasts into convenient forms to give quick simple  introductions for students in classes I teach, so I’ve been collecting the posts on Genesis with that in mind. I’ll gradually be adding podcasts to fill some of the [&hellip...