Archive for the ‘Law/Torah/Pentateuch’ 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Promises to the Patriarchs Conditional or Unconditional?

    Oct 15, 14 • Genesis, Reading3 Comments
    The Promises to the Patriarchs Conditional or Unconditional?

    Whether the promises God made to the patriarchs in Genesis are conditional or unconditional is not merely a curiosity of ancient history, it has powerful and dangerous implications today. This podcast tries to examine what the Bible intends to say on this subject...

  • Coming back to the heart of worship

    Aug 20, 14 • Isaiah, Leviticus, WorshipComments Off on Coming back to the heart of worship
    Coming back to the heart of worship

    We had just recorded the video for the new CareyMedia DVD, that year it used conversations between small groups of staff, one I was involved in was about worship. So, here I want to suggest that Leviticus (esp. Lev 19:1-2) and Isaiah 6 can help us come back to the heart of worship (as the [&hellip...

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

    May 6, 14 • E100, Genesis, Jesus, SinComments Off on E100-8: Genesis 21:1-22:19: Life on a rollercoaster
    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...

  • Introducing the Torah or Pentateuch

    Mar 27, 14 • Law/Torah/PentateuchComments Off on Introducing the Torah or Pentateuch
    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...

  • Is Paul Abusing Genesis? (Or at least Hagar, in Gal 4:22ff.?)

    Nov 4, 13 • Faith, Galatians, GenesisComments Off on Is Paul Abusing Genesis? (Or at least Hagar, in Gal 4:22ff.?)
    Is Paul Abusing Genesis? (Or at least Hagar, in Gal 4:22ff.?)

    The New Testament use of the Old Testament often seems arbitrary or bizarre to modern readers. Here I’ll suggest that Paul’s use of Genesis in Galatians 4 (while not only strange but also unfair to Hagar and over kind to Sarah) fits with thew intent of Genesis. I think this is an interesting example of [&hellip...