Archive for the ‘Genesis’ 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Recognising Irony in Gen 3:22

    Jul 11, 13 • Genesis, ReadingComments Off on Recognising Irony in Gen 3:22
    Recognising Irony in Gen 3:22

    Chris Heard at Higgaion a proposal which got me thinking. He suggests (in Divine sarcasm in the Eden story?) that we read God’s statement in Gen 3:22: “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil” as sarcasm. So, are God’s words in Gen 3:22 to be taken at face value, [&hellip...

  • Not Only a Father: Speaking the unspeakable: mother-language before the reformation

    Not Only a Father: Speaking the unspeakable: mother-language before  the reformation

    Can a currently unspeakable picture of God, which was in use for the first 1400 years of Christianity help us enrich our relationship with God? Many of the best known theologians and writing pastors of the first 1400 years of the Christian church (including Clement, Jerome, Augustine and Anselm) were happy to speak in different [&hellip...

  • E100-2: Genesis 3

    Apr 11, 13 • E100, Genesis2 Comments
    E100-2: Genesis 3

    This is the passage that makes sense of Gen 2, and of human life. Our world and our lives are broken and spoiled because of sin. Sin is not breaking rules, it is breaking relationship with the maker by wanting to assume the power ourselves. The reading of Genesis 3 is here. There is another [&hellip...