Archive for the ‘OT’ Category

  • Typescenes and the book of Ruth

    Jul 11, 09 • Exodus, Genesis, Narrative, RuthComments Off on Typescenes and the book of Ruth
    Typescenes and the book of Ruth

    Typescene sounds like a typical technical term scholars use make Bible stories dull 🙁 In this podcast I hope to show you it’s exactly the opposite and that by spending 5 minutes learning about typescenes you can discover a livelyness you may have missed, even in a well-loved story like Ruth. (Other passage you should [&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!)...

  • Ezra and the foreign wives

    Ezra and the foreign wives

    At the end of the book of Ezra there a horrid account of Ezra and the “officials” gang up to force Judeans who have married foreign women to divorce them and send away them and their children. What do we do with passages like this? And as part of our thinking on this, where DO [&hellip...

  • What is the Bible? (Part 2) a hologram?

    Oct 26, 07 • Job, ReadingComments Off on What is the Bible? (Part 2) a hologram?
    What is the Bible? (Part 2) a hologram?

    Many people think the Bible is like a hologram, any part of which shows the truth. The practice of scholars, preachers and teachers, of citing single verses or lists of verses to demonstrate something, encourages this view. The claim that the Bible is “inerrant” in all its parts seems to seal the idea. Yet in [&hellip...

  • Jonah 1:3-5 : What’s Jonah doing?!

    Aug 24, 07 • Jonah, NarrativeComments Off on Jonah 1:3-5 : What’s Jonah doing?!
    Jonah 1:3-5 : What’s Jonah doing?!

    The puzzle of Jonah’s actions, and other strange goings-on don’t stop in Jonah 1:3, but deepen (pun intended) as we begin to read on… we meet the ship that had plans of its own and hear echoes of Santa Claus in the telling of Jonah’s story&#...

  • Jonah 1:2: three little words

    Aug 24, 07 • Jonah, NarrativeComments Off on Jonah 1:2: three little words
    Jonah 1:2: three little words

    Continuing the series on Jonah, we rush ahead into the second verse of the book, only to spot yet again possibly more than one meaning. Jonah’s task however is clear. By the way I am sorry about the long delays recently, I hope to post more regularly again, but not till after enjoying a two [&hellip...

  • Isaiah 40 in Babylon

    Jun 26, 07 • History, Isaiah2 Comments
    Isaiah 40 in Babylon

    It is certainly one of my favourite Bible passages, indeed it is many people’s favourite Bible chapter. Isaiah 40 is just full of superb phrases and pictures. Whenever it was composed, this chapter really comes to life and sparkles when it is heard as the Judean exiles in Babylon heard, it just before Cyrus the [&hellip...

  • Sexual humour in Esther

    Jun 14, 07 • Esther, Humour, Sex1 Comment
    Sexual humour in Esther

    The book of Esther tells a terrible story, of attempted genocide averted. Too often Christian readers miss the humour in the story, of course some of it is sex related, and/or poking fun at gender expectations, so perhaps there are reasons for the blindness.  ...

  • Babel 2: Gen 11 a straight up and down story

    Jun 9, 07 • Genesis, Structure1 Comment
    Babel 2: Gen 11 a straight up and down story

    This podcast takes a second look at Babel, with a focus on the structure of the story, and its themes. It includes “homework” for which you should ideally have a photocopy of Genesis 11:1-9 (preferably in a fairly literal translation like NRSV, RSV, TNIV, NIV, ESV…) and some coloured markers or crayons...

  • Babbling about Babel: Gen 11:1-9: Part 1

    Jun 7, 07 • Genesis, NarrativeComments Off on Babbling about Babel: Gen 11:1-9: Part 1
    Babbling about Babel: Gen 11:1-9: Part 1

    Stephen suggested I do a ‘cast about the Babel story, so here it is… a first ‘cast about Babel. In this one I’ll begin with points of view and language. Since this will have to be a series we’ll follow up from there later! For more about “point of view” and “frames” you could see [&hellip...