Archive for the ‘Law/Torah/Pentateuch’ Category

  • 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.  ...

  • 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.  ...