Archive for the ‘Genesis’ Category

  • E100-6: Genesis 12: How odd of God!

    Apr 26, 10 • E100, Faith, Genesis, SinComments Off on E100-6: Genesis 12: How odd of God!
    E100-6: Genesis 12: How odd of God!

    Genesis 12 marks the beginning of the real story of the Bible. Chapters 1-11 are a prologue both to Genesis and to the Bible as a whole. They introduced us to “characters” (not least God – singular and with a capital G) and to the central issue that the Bible addresses. In chapter 12 we [&hellip...

  • E100 week 2: Genesis 12-36: Patriarchs, Matriarchs and Faith

    Apr 25, 10 • E100, Faith, Genesis, SinComments Off on E100 week 2: Genesis 12-36: Patriarchs, Matriarchs and Faith
    E100 week 2: Genesis 12-36: Patriarchs, Matriarchs and Faith

    The first week’s readings covered the prologue to Genesis, the second week covers the Ancestors of Faith, the Matriarchs and Patriarchs of Israel. Here we begin to see the first outlines of God’s plan to restore a world warped and twisted by human sin. We also begin to discover what it means to be “people [&hellip...

  • E100-4: Genesis 8:1-9:17 Sin and grace after the flood

    Apr 22, 10 • E100, Genesis, Grace, SinComments Off on E100-4: Genesis 8:1-9:17 Sin and grace after the flood
    E100-4: Genesis 8:1-9:17 Sin and grace after the flood

    If this was a merely human story you’d expect God’s bold attempt at drastic punishment to have an equally bold result. Either humanity reformed, or the rebellion gets deeper 😉 But of course neither is possible. humanity is unreformable, just try making a few worthwhile New Year’s resolutions to prove that 😉 nor is rebellion [&hellip...

  • E100-3: Genesis 6:5-7:24: Sin and Righteousness

    Apr 21, 10 • E100, Genesis, Righteousness, SinComments Off on E100-3: Genesis 6:5-7:24: Sin and Righteousness
    E100-3: Genesis 6:5-7:24: Sin and Righteousness

    I think I’ve avoided really looking at this passage, and I notice that my teaching has focused too much on the signs of two source texts being edited together, and noticed too little how the story works, because like the genocide texts it offends my sense of right. The story looks different when one hears [&hellip...

  • E100 week 1: Genesis 1-11: The Bible’s Prologue

    Apr 18, 10 • E100, Genesis, Grace, Sin, TheologyComments Off on E100 week 1: Genesis 1-11: The Bible’s Prologue
    E100 week 1: Genesis 1-11: The Bible’s Prologue

    All, speech requires prior knowledge to be understood. Usually this is largely shared within a culture. So if I say “the cat” I do not usually have to tell you first what a cat is. (Even if in the context of a novel about old-time sailors it might be a whip.) Some courses of study [&hellip...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.  ...