Archive for the ‘Judges’ Category

  • Humour in the Bible Book 7 Judges: Gender Bending

    May 3, 14 • Gender, Humour, Judges2 Comments
    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, thoughΒ  I’ll pretty much leave the scatology to David and others who appreciate it πŸ˜‰ I’d rather focus on gender. In Judges relationships between men and [&hellip...

  • Genres of Poetry in Scripture

    Sep 25, 13 • 1 Samuel, Deuteronomy, Ecclesiastes/Qohelet, Genesis, Genre, Isaiah, Job, Judges, Numbers, Prophets, ProverbsComments Off on Genres of Poetry in Scripture
    Genres of Poetry in Scripture

    This podcast may benefit from a set of notes, either as an alternative to the audio/screencast or as a reminder (since has a high information content). It is also longer and less fun than most, so if you like miss it out unless later in the series you need to come back to it for [&hellip...

  • Did Jephthah slaughter his daughter?

    Dec 10, 12 • Judges3 Comments
    Did Jephthah slaughter his daughter?

    The second in what is becoming a series on Jephthah’s story1 Β I examine the question my friend actually asked, which was whether or not we the people should find Jephthah guilty of killing his only child, an anonymous daughter. Here’s the case so far… I need to do another on “history” when I get back [&hellip...

  • Jephthah & “Headship”

    Dec 5, 12 • JudgesComments Off on Jephthah & “Headship”
    Jephthah & “Headship”

    A friend on Facebook asked about her pastor’s interpretation of the story of Jephthah’s daughter, since that’s a “difficult” passage I thought it would make an interesting podcast. The trouble is I got waylaid, I spotted a distraction in the story.. Jephthah’s story (I have to return with another podcast about his daughter’s story!) may [&hellip...

  • Hannah’s Song: Opening Judges

    Sep 18, 12 • Jesus, JudgesComments Off on Hannah’s Song: Opening Judges
    Hannah’s Song: Opening Judges

    Following the Twisted Tales of the book of Judges (in the Hebrew Bible) comes Samuel. The opening of Samuel responds well to the questions posed by the horrid stories that ended Judges...

  • Twisted tales: or should the book of Judges be censored?

    Sep 17, 12 • Judges, Narrative, Sex8 Comments
    Twisted tales: or should the book of Judges be censored?

    Judges is definitely not suitable for Sunday School reading, the bits that are told are firmly censored, and few of us go back to notice what we are missing. But, if we do, what we find is a book chock full of horrid twisted tales, brutal, brutish and sadly not short. Why? Can such a [&hellip...

  • E100-29: Judges 13:1 – 16:31: Samson a biblical superhero?

    May 27, 10 • E100, Judges, Narrative, ReadingComments Off on E100-29: Judges 13:1 – 16:31: Samson a biblical superhero?
    E100-29: Judges 13:1 – 16:31: Samson a biblical superhero?

    It’s certainly hard to find a superhero in the Bible! Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and even Moses – all fail – though some of them look good the way we try to… by comparison with their neighbours, family or friends think of how Moses shines when compared to Aaron. But Samson! He’s super strong, has a [&hellip...

  • E100-28: Judges 6:1 – 7:25: Unlikely victors

    May 26, 10 • 1 Kings, E100, JudgesComments Off on E100-28: Judges 6:1 – 7:25: Unlikely victors
    E100-28: Judges 6:1 – 7:25: Unlikely victors

    This story is often used to support testing whether God really wants us to do something we are reluctant to do, just like Gideon. In this podcast, as well as drawing attention to some other thoroughly human characteristics of our hero, I’ll point to the censored Bible story (one we do not read in church) [&hellip...

  • E100-27: Judges 4:1 – 5:31: Deborah – a twice-told tale

    May 25, 10 • E100, History, Judges, Narrative1 Comment
    E100-27: Judges 4:1 – 5:31: Deborah – a twice-told tale

    The story of Deborah, the prophetess and judge, is one of those biblical stories told to us twice, first in a prose narrative and then in a poetic celebration (the Exodus crossing of the sea in Ex 14 & 15 provides another example). In this case the details, what Western minds call “facts” and worship [&hellip...

  • E100-26: Judges 2:6 – 3:6: A vicious cycle or A divine alarm-clock?

    May 24, 10 • E100, JudgesComments Off on E100-26: Judges 2:6 – 3:6: A vicious cycle or A divine alarm-clock?
    E100-26: Judges 2:6 – 3:6: A vicious cycle or A divine alarm-clock?

    There’s a nasty cycle that repeats time and again in Judges, and that forms a theme of the history in the books of Samuel and Kings too: Israel forgets that Yhwh is the ONE who has given them everything they start to worship/serve other Gods God allows an enemy to oppress them they call to [&hellip...