Archive for the ‘OT’ Category

  • Biblical Narrative: Fraught with Background: Genesis 24

    Feb 13, 17 • Genesis, NarrativeNo Comments
    Biblical Narrative: Fraught with Background: Genesis 24

    Details in biblical narrative matter. Every detail in biblical narrative is significant. Eric Auerbach’s famous quote about Biblical Narrative being “fraught with background” sounds puzzling. The old-fashioned language doesn’t help. What’s worse, he means the opposite of what it seems mean. Yet his insight is really helpful. Bible stories only tell details or give descriptions [&hellip...

  • Would a rose smell as sweet? What’s in a name? Genesis 22

    Would a rose smell as sweet? What’s in a name? Genesis 22

    Usually I try to present the ideas in these podcasts so that anyone can understand. However, this time if you cannot read Scripture except in translation and you have not learned to use an interlinear or computer Bible to get beyond that handicap, this podcast may be less accessible. It deals with the naming of [&hellip...

  • Jeremiah 4:23-27 Uncreation

    Dec 2, 15 • JeremiahComments Off on Jeremiah 4:23-27 Uncreation
    Jeremiah 4:23-27   Uncreation

    We looked at this passage in class last week. I’ve based this podcast on my own very literal translation (so as to make spotting how if works easier). The translation with a couple of explanatory notes is here: Jeremiah 4:23-27 (translation and notes)...

  • God the Dalek (Part One): Cotext

    Nov 13, 15 • Context, Deuteronomy, Genocide3 Comments
    God the Dalek (Part One): Cotext

    In some Bible passages, as atheists and others who want to avoid the claims of God are quick to point out, God sounds like a Dalek. Deut 7:2 is a typical case. When the LORD your God hands these nations over to you and you conquer them, you must completely destroy them. Make no treaties [&hellip...

  • Jeremiah’s fourth confession: Jer 18:18-23 the continuing drama of Jeremiah and his Yahweh

    Nov 3, 15 • Arguing with God, Complaint, JeremiahComments Off on Jeremiah’s fourth confession: Jer 18:18-23 the continuing drama of Jeremiah and his Yahweh
    Jeremiah’s fourth confession: Jer 18:18-23 the continuing drama of Jeremiah and his Yahweh

    Sorry this podcast is firstly out of order (it should have come before the last confession 😉 and then late (it should also have come a while back but I’ve been busy trying to get a paper on Isaiah finished 🙁 This fourth confession illustrates strongly both the dramatic narrative character of these “confessions” and [&hellip...

  • 1 Samuel 23:7 – 24:22: Two noble opponents

    Sep 13, 15 • 1 SamuelComments Off on 1 Samuel 23:7 – 24:22: Two noble opponents
    1 Samuel 23:7 – 24:22: Two noble opponents

    Many Old Testament stories in the history books seem to have no message but that human-beings are broken and need mending, are sinful and therefore keep spoiling God’s lovely world and hurting each other! Then along comes this story to remind us of another truth… 1 Samuel 24  is set amid political jostling and attempted [&hellip...

  • God the Midwife

    Aug 16, 15 • Gender, Genesis, Jeremiah, Job, OT, Psalms, TheologyComments Off on God the Midwife
    God the Midwife

    Here’s an old post, with now a screencast format and somewhat cleaned up audio. I briefly remind you of some of the passages that picture God as a midwife. The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) regularly pictures Yahweh as intimately associated with forming in the womb and with birthing. In view of “his” role as midwife [&hellip...

  • Free Bible software and seeing in 1 Sam 16

    Jul 16, 15 • 1 SamuelComments Off on Free Bible software and seeing in 1 Sam 16
    Free Bible software and seeing in 1 Sam 16

    Here’s a short screencast to show how STEP Bible can help you see how the word “see” steps us through 1 Samuel ...

  • Introducing Exodus

    Jun 3, 15 • Bible Books, ExodusComments Off on Introducing Exodus
    Introducing Exodus

    Sunday School, and most of our quick summaries of the contents of the Bible present Exodus as telling the story of how God frees Israelite slaves from the powers of Egypt. But, a closer look at the book shows that’s just half the story! Here we’ll focus Exodus as a book in two halfs. Doing [&hellip...

  • Introducing Ruth

    May 12, 15 • Bible Books, RuthComments Off on Introducing Ruth
    Introducing Ruth

    Just four chapters, here’s a story without violence or even conflict, a simple everyday tale of country folk, yet Ruth grips hearers is loved by everyone and carries profound theological messages, that echo into the books before and after Ruth in the Christian Bible...