• 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...

  • Arguing with God: Jer 12:1-4

    May 19, 07 • Arguing with God, Complaint, Genre1 Comment
    Arguing with God: Jer 12:1-4

    In What is the Bible (Part 1) I talked of the Bible as witness, and mentioned stories where Abraham and Amos haggle with God, and ended with a reference to arguing with God in the Bible. Here I’ll begin to explore Jeremiah’s side of the conversation from Jer 12:1-4 (we’ll get to God’s reply later!) [&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.  ...

  • Jesus as fulfilment of Scripture: Slavery and Spanking

    Jesus as fulfilment of Scripture: Slavery and Spanking

    This ‘cast continues the theme of Jesus as the “fulfilment” of Scripture, looking at one topic that’s been settled for decades, and another that’s as hot as today’s headlines. (At least here in NZ where a bill to criminalise parents spanking children is set to become law...

  • What DOES “fulfil” mean?

    What DOES “fulfil” mean?

    Matthew often says that Jesus “fulfilled” some passage from the Old Testament. What does he mean? This ‘cast begins to explore this question.  ...

  • (Just Text) RSS for iTunes?

    Apr 30, 07 • Xtras7 Comments
    (Just Text) RSS for iTunes?

    I am trying to provide an iTunes compatible RSS feed for this material. If anyone either uses iTunes or knows a way to check such feeds could you try this one and let me know&#...

  • 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.  ...

  • Jonah pt.2: Jon 1:3 – What’s going on?

    Apr 25, 07 • Genre, JonahComments Off on Jonah pt.2: Jon 1:3 – What’s going on?
    Jonah pt.2: Jon 1:3 – What’s going on?

    So, here’s the second part of the Jonah series. This time we focus on 1:3. Again we end with a question – but at least the right question is better than the wrong answer!  ...