Archive for the ‘Reading’ Category

  • Go’el : Hebrew has a word for it #2

    Nov 7, 14 • Reading, Ruth, TheologyComments Off on Go’el : Hebrew has a word for it #2
    Go’el : Hebrew has a word for it #2

    Go’el is another thoroughly cultural word, that is highly theological. Again it is prominent in Ruth. This time there is one English word that is often a decent translation, redeemer, the problem is redeem carries a different weight of overtones from ga’al. There is a good short post about ga’al here with reference to Jesus [&hellip...

  • The Promises to the Patriarchs Conditional or Unconditional?

    Oct 15, 14 • Genesis, Reading3 Comments
    The Promises to the Patriarchs Conditional or Unconditional?

    Whether the promises God made to the patriarchs in Genesis are conditional or unconditional is not merely a curiosity of ancient history, it has powerful and dangerous implications today. This podcast tries to examine what the Bible intends to say on this subject...

  • Jonah’s Psalm

    Jun 13, 14 • Context, Faithfully, Genre, Jonah2 Comments
    Jonah’s Psalm

    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 [&hellip...

  • Jonah: Thoroughly fishy!

    Jun 12, 14 • Genre, Humour, Jonah2 Comments
    Jonah: Thoroughly fishy!

    Spotting the exaggerations and humour in the book can help us understand, but it also acts as a warning!...

  • Eliphaz: Truth into lies

    Eliphaz: Truth into lies

    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 [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible Book 7 Judges: Gender Bending

    May 3, 14 • Gender, Humour, Judges2 Comments
    Humour in the Bible Book 7 Judges: Gender Bending

    Judges is one Bible book where it has been common to recognise humour. Ehud killing the fat and oppressive king Eglon in the toilet has been a popular example, though  I’ll pretty much leave the scatology to David and others who appreciate it 😉 I’d rather focus on gender. In Judges relationships between men and [&hellip...

  • Jonah 1:11-12 Underestimating Jonah?

    Apr 1, 14 • Jonah, NarrativeComments Off on Jonah 1:11-12 Underestimating Jonah?
    Jonah 1:11-12  Underestimating Jonah?

    I has been too long since I added to my (very) slowly growing series on Jonah. So, when I saw that this magnificent little book was among the ones otherwise missing from the April carnival I could not resist. We like our stories (fairly) simple, we want to know who the goodies and the baddies [&hellip...

  • Reading the parable of the Big Feast in context (Luke 14)

    Mar 26, 14 • Context, Jesus, Luke, Reading1 Comment
    Reading the parable of the Big Feast in context (Luke 14)

    As part of my seminar on Bible abuse at Easter Camp I talked about how a couple of sorts of context (cotext or social setting and culture) help us understand Jesus parable of the Big Feast (Luke 14:16ff.) more sharply. This podcast is a quick version of that focusing on questions of context. [Updated with [&hellip...

  • Getting the Point: not majoring on the minors

    Mar 11, 14 • Faithfully, ThessaloniansComments Off on Getting the Point: not majoring on the minors
    Getting the Point: not majoring on the minors

    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 [&hellip...

  • Ezekiel’s Spacemen: Prophecy Ancient or Modern? (Reading the Bible Faithfully, 2)

    Mar 6, 14 • Ezekiel, FaithfullyComments Off on Ezekiel’s Spacemen: Prophecy Ancient or Modern? (Reading the Bible Faithfully, 2)
    Ezekiel’s Spacemen: Prophecy Ancient or Modern? (Reading the Bible Faithfully, 2)

    Here is another video for my Reading the Bible Faithfully program...