Archive for the ‘Law/Torah/Pentateuch’ Category

  • E100 week 3: Genesis 37-50: What’s so special about Joseph?

    May 2, 10 • E100, GenesisComments Off on E100 week 3: Genesis 37-50: What’s so special about Joseph?
    E100 week 3: Genesis 37-50: What’s so special about Joseph?

    Joseph gets 13 chapters, in Genesis (that’s more than any other character) so Joseph’s story is one of three parts of the book: Primeval History, Patriarchs & Joseph. So what’s so special about Joseph? Message in Gen 50:20: Providence: God is in control even when it does not look like it – “Even though you [&hellip...

  • E100-10: Genesis 32-33: God-fighters

    Apr 30, 10 • Arguing with God, E100, Genesis1 Comment
    E100-10: Genesis 32-33: God-fighters

    Another of the most mysterious and difficult stories in the Bible, this time not difficult because the subject pains us, but difficult to understand. We Westerners are hung up on “understanding”, sometimes it is better to “stand under” (and learn from) than to understand πŸ˜‰ This may be one of them! If we try to [&hellip...

  • E100-9: Genesis 27-28: Dysfunctional but chosen

    Apr 29, 10 • E100, Genesis, Grace, SinComments Off on E100-9: Genesis 27-28: Dysfunctional but chosen
    E100-9: Genesis 27-28: Dysfunctional but chosen

    Don’t look for happy families in the tales of the ancestors, matriarchs and patriarchs, of God’s chosen people.Β  Genesis 27-28 carry the story into the next two generations but present a thoroughly dysfunctional family. Yet Genesis 28 tells also of one of the most dramatic revelations of God and renewal of God’s promises to this [&hellip...

  • E100-7: Genesis 15: Promises and a contract

    Apr 27, 10 • E100, GenesisComments Off on E100-7: Genesis 15: Promises and a contract
    E100-7: Genesis 15: Promises and a contract

    In this Genesis chapter 15 God keeps reiterating his promises to Abraham. Wonderful promises! But Abraham’s replies are less than politely gracious. Which teaches us a thing or two about God πŸ™‚...

  • 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 πŸ˜‰ But of course neither is possible. humanity is unreformable, just try making a few worthwhile New Year’s resolutions to prove that πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™ 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...