Archive for the ‘OT’ Category

  • Biblical Narrative: Fraught with Background: Genesis 24

    May 28, 07 • Genesis, NarrativeComments Off on Biblical Narrative: Fraught with Background: Genesis 24
    Biblical Narrative: Fraught with Background: Genesis 24

    Eric Auerbach’s famous quote about Biblical Narrative being “fraught with background” can sound puzzling. Here I’ll try to explain it with reference to some trivial but intriguing details in Genesis 24. Reading the chapter in the Hebrew class we spotted several minor details in the telling that suggest, or hint… well, listen and find out [&hellip...

  • What is the Bible? (Part 1)

    May 17, 07 • Amos, Genesis, Reading1 Comment
    What is the Bible? (Part 1)

    How do we picture Scripture? That is what is/are the (unconscious) models in our heads as we read and use the Bible? This ‘cast refers particularly to Gen 18:20ff. and Amos 7.  ...

  • Jesus as fulfilment of Scripture: Slavery and Spanking

    Jesus as fulfilment of Scripture: Slavery and Spanking

    This ‘cast continues the theme of Jesus as the “fulfilment” of Scripture, looking at one topic that’s been settled for decades, and another that’s as hot as today’s headlines. (At least here in NZ where a bill to criminalise parents spanking children is set to become law...

  • What DOES “fulfil” mean?

    What DOES “fulfil” mean?

    Matthew often says that Jesus “fulfilled” some passage from the Old Testament. What does he mean? This ‘cast begins to explore this question.  ...

  • Genesis 1: Beginning right

    Apr 30, 07 • Genesis, Structure2 Comments
    Genesis 1: Beginning right

    This chapter is the beginning of the Bible, and beginnings are important. We learn why the world was made, and how God is “different”. Among other structural details we will notice is this one (the diagramme may help as you listen): Day Creation Day Creation One Light Four Luminaries Two Water and Sky Five Birds [&hellip...

  • A Text without Contexts is Dumb!

    Apr 27, 07 • Context, Culture, Genesis, Psalms3 Comments
    A Text without Contexts is Dumb!

    This latest one is aimed at real beginners in biblical study and addresses why multiple contexts are important for reading/hearing texts, particularly the Bible.  ...

  • Jonah pt.2: Jon 1:3 – What’s going on?

    Apr 25, 07 • Genre, JonahComments Off on Jonah pt.2: Jon 1:3 – What’s going on?
    Jonah pt.2: Jon 1:3 – What’s going on?

    So, here’s the second part of the Jonah series. This time we focus on 1:3. Again we end with a question – but at least the right question is better than the wrong answer!  ...

  • Genre matters: 1- Why genre matters

    Apr 24, 07 • Amos, GenreComments Off on Genre matters: 1- Why genre matters
    Genre matters: 1- Why genre matters

    For some reason one of the difficult stumbling blocks at the start of a Bible intro course is “genre” and why it matters. So, here’s a < 5 minute Bible attempt to explain!    ...

  • Jonah 1:1 – How should I begin?

    Apr 23, 07 • Amos, Genre, Jonah5 Comments
    Jonah 1:1 – How should I begin?

    This post deals with Jonah 1:1, I excuse this by reference to the new commentary series announced on the first of this month by Eisenbrauns πŸ˜‰ This ‘cast deals with beginnings, and with whether the clues in this verse suggest Jonah is of the genre prophecy or narrative (if you don’t understand why this question [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible: Part 2: Still Introducing Saul

    Apr 20, 07 • 1 Samuel, Humour, Narrative2 Comments
    Humour in the Bible: Part 2: Still Introducing Saul

    Here’s a second instalment of Saul’s introduction… if when you are listening you have a Bible handy, open it to 1 Sam 9:11ff. [NB the screencast below includes both parts. Unlike the audio which sticks to the 5 minute format...