The psalm in Jonah 2:2-9 (2:3-10 in Hebrew) is a fine example of a thanksgiving psalm, and everything in its expression and theology would sound fine in the book of Psalms. However, on Jonah’s lips after we have heard the narrative of chapter one, it takes a different flavour. Read in its place in the flow of this book it is ironic.  Read More →

It’s easy to preach lies from the book of  Job. It won’t be as obvious as preaching Atheism from Psalms (see Ps 10:4; 14:1; 53:1). All you have to do is take a passage from the speeches by his friends. Of course God tells us at the end of the book that they “have not spoken what is right about me”… (Job 47:7). This podcast explores this more.Read More →

Often Bible readers focus on things that are not the message the writer was trying to communicate. This is hardly “faithful” reading. So what is the danger and how do we avoid it? Putting the issue another way: Are you building you theology on rock or sand? BTW this and the previous video about Ezekiel’s spacemen are a change of style. Since I started putting these podcasts on YouTube (as well as MP3 audio) I have been doing simple screencasts. In these I’ve combined video with captions. What do you think of the change?Read More →

Updated version to fit into “Reading the Bible Faithfully” explains why thinking about what a Bible passage was intended to mean to its original hearers is really important. In passing it explains also something that makes the Bible different from other holy books which claim to be magical or timeless – the Bible claims to be given to particular people at particular times and places (see for example headings to some prophetic passages like Ez 8:1)  Read More →