Archive for the ‘Reading’ Category

  • Land of the Bible: Jezreel Valley

    Mar 24, 15 • Archaeology, Context, Geography1 Comment
    Land of the Bible: Jezreel Valley

    In this episode we visit two city sites in the Jezreel Valley, Megiddo (with a wealth of archaeological features) illustrates a major royal centre of power, and the smaller Jezreel a royal palace and capital. These visits will lead to a consideration of stories of the reign of Ahab and of the place of kingship [&hellip...

  • Land of the Bible: The Rift Valley

    Mar 10, 15 • ContextComments Off on Land of the Bible: The Rift Valley
    Land of the Bible: The Rift Valley

    The Jordan Valley forms part of the great rift in the earth’s surface that reaches down to the middle of Africa. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth. The Jordan Valley forms both a psychological and a physical barrier for crossing into the land from the east. The Dead Sea is “dead” because [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible 13: 1 Chronicles 4 The Prayer of Jabez

    Mar 3, 15 • 1 Chronicles, Humour1 Comment
    Humour in the Bible 13: 1 Chronicles 4 The Prayer of Jabez

    The prayer of Jabez was wildly popular a few years back among voguish Christians worried about the lack of obvious and excess prosperity in their lives (compared to those richer and general better off than them, not compared to the world population in general). Even without that 1 Chron 4:9-10 is funny (strange peculiar, if [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible: Book 12: 2 Kings 1: Mission interrupted.

    Feb 2, 15 • 2 Kings, HumourComments Off on Humour in the Bible: Book 12: 2 Kings 1: Mission interrupted.
    Humour in the Bible: Book 12: 2 Kings 1: Mission interrupted.

    Since Google suggests the first chapter of 2 Kings is humorous I’ll measure it against the criteria. It meets most (but not all) which i think makes it clear this passage is not merely funny but was intended to be funny. Though again it is a “black” humour. As a bonus I’ll offer a reading [&hellip...

  • Jeremiah’s third confession: Jer 17:12-18: How might YHWH respond?

    Jan 28, 15 • Complaint, JeremiahComments Off on Jeremiah’s third confession: Jer 17:12-18: How might YHWH respond?
    Jeremiah’s third confession: Jer 17:12-18: How might YHWH respond?

    Jeremiah’s third confession is a monologue, mainly (or all, depending where we think it starts) addressed to God. Complaint is the dominant tone, and Jeremiah asks for vengeance on his opponents. So this text raises interesting questions about the nature of Scripture, and how God might read (some parts of) the Bible… ...

  • Humour in the Bible 11: 1 Kings: In an idol moment

    Jan 23, 15 • 1 Kings, Humour2 Comments
    Humour in the Bible 11: 1 Kings: In an idol moment

    Idols, “gods” that people make! The very idea of making a god is one of those notions that almost have to reduce you to tears (whether of laughter or sadness and desperation depends on the circumstances), and the Bible has plenty of fun at the expense (in both senses) of idols. In this episode, therefore, [&hellip...

  • Jeremiah’s second confession: Jer 15:10-21: complex relationships

    Jeremiah’s second confession: Jer 15:10-21: complex relationships

    Continuing a series on The Confessions of Jeremiah, we’ll explore the second of these rich and complex texts Jer 15:10-21. Although I only have 5 minutes I hope I’ll give you material to spark several times that of study of the biblical text 😉 for it is out of such personal wrestling (sometimes like Jeremiah’s [&hellip...

  • Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part Two Jeremiah and Yahweh

    Dec 9, 14 • characterisation, Complaint, JeremiahComments Off on Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part Two Jeremiah and Yahweh
    Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part Two Jeremiah and Yahweh

    In the previous two podcasts in this series I’ve introduced “the Confessions of Jeremiah” and the first confession (11:18-12:6). Here we’ll look at this text from the point of view of how it portrays the characters of Jeremiah (in the book the speaker of the passage) and his God (whom he often addresses and on [&hellip...

  • Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part One

    Dec 8, 14 • Complaint, JeremiahComments Off on Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part One
    Jeremiah’s first confession: Jer 11:18-12:6: Part One

    Before thinking about this “confession” we’ll first look at lament psalms briefly. Lament psalms often contain: – an address (maybe simply “O God” or “O Lord”) – a/some complaint(s) – a request for help addressed to God – the affirmation of trust in God, as thanks for past action or simply as praise and conviction [&hellip...

  • The Confessions of Jeremiah

    Dec 4, 14 • Jeremiah, NarrativeComments Off on The Confessions of Jeremiah
    The Confessions of Jeremiah

    A series of passages in Jeremiah stand out because of their contents which presents itself as powerful debates about Jeremiah, his call, his enemies and his God. In some of them Jeremiah seems to be speaking alone, in otgher God responds. These “Confessions of Jeremiah are: Jer 11:18-20; 12:1-6; 15:10-21, 17:14-18; 18:18-23; 20:7-13 (the exact [&hellip...