Archive for the ‘Joshua’ Category

  • Humour in the Bible: Book 6 Joshua: Rahab and the bungling spies

    Jun 27, 13 • Humour, Joshua1 Comment
    Humour in the Bible: Book 6 Joshua: Rahab and the bungling spies

    The little story, in Joshua 2, of Rahab and the clueless pair of young Israelite would be spies, provided Spenser1  (see Signs of humour: especially in written texts acr oss cultures) with a nice example of several of his criteria all together in one text, making it evidently humorous. What do you think? Do the [&hellip...

  • Wonderland Spirituality and the Canaanite Genocide

    Jan 29, 13 • Deuteronomy, Faith, Genocide, Joshua, ThessaloniansComments Off on Wonderland Spirituality and the Canaanite Genocide
    Wonderland Spirituality and the Canaanite Genocide

    What does it mean to “believe”? Can Alice in Wonderland help us avoid a common Evangelical error? And does “it’s in the Bible” end conversation about the “Canaanite genocide”?1 The scare quotes round Canaanite genocide indicate my question, still as far as I am concerned unanswered whether such an “event” occurred, or even was (fictionally?) [&hellip...

  • E100-25: Joshua 5:13 – 6:27: The Fall of Jericho

    May 21, 10 • E100, JoshuaComments Off on E100-25: Joshua 5:13 – 6:27: The Fall of Jericho
    E100-25: Joshua 5:13 – 6:27: The Fall of Jericho

    A great Sunday School story again raises the issue of divinely ordered brutal killing, which will need a small series of 5 Minute Bible ‘casts outside this E100 series, which I am committed to doing… The story is also in several ways full of creative tensions, that raise it beyond a nice tale for kiddies [&hellip...

  • E100-24: Joshua 3:1 – 4:24: Crossing the Jordan

    May 20, 10 • Context, E100, Joshua1 Comment
    E100-24: Joshua 3:1 – 4:24: Crossing the Jordan

    For today’s reading there are historical (standing stones) and geographic (the Jordan river) information that is important, and perhaps better communicated by pictures and words, rather than words alone. So here are some relevant pictures, with brief captions&#...

  • E100-23: Joshua 1: Joshua Succeeds Moses

    May 19, 10 • E100, JoshuaComments Off on E100-23: Joshua 1: Joshua Succeeds Moses
    E100-23: Joshua 1: Joshua Succeeds Moses

    This chapter focuses on Joshua taking over from Moses, now that (at the end of Deuteronomy) Moses is dead and gone (though no one except God) saw him die. In the reading we learn a lot about how the Bible views leadership, and it does not easily fit with any of our modern, well-worn patterns. [&hellip...

  • E100 week 5: The Law and the Land

    May 16, 10 • E100, Exodus, Joshua, Law, Law/Torah/Pentateuch, OTComments Off on E100 week 5: The Law and the Land
    E100 week 5: The Law and the Land

    Despite its title this five has little about the law, and not enough about the covenant (binding agreement) to which this law belongs. The selection of passages (the first time I have strongly differed from the choice made by the organisers) is weighted towards American Evangelical favourite Sunday School stories. Having got that gripe off [&hellip...

  • Cliché Theology: Joshua 11:1-9

    Nov 24, 07 • Cliché, Joshua, Theology1 Comment
    Cliché Theology: Joshua 11:1-9

    Sometimes a good old-fashioned cliché is the best way to achieve your desired effect, and communicate your theological message. I’ll illustrate this using Joshua 11:1-9. The story of how Jabin of Hazor and all his allied kings were defeated by Joshua and Israel. (With some help from their friend!)...