Monthly Archives: August 2011

Psalm 81–What Happened at Meribah?

Michael Goulder took a lot of minority positions in his scholarly career.  But his work on the Psalms of Asaph was probably the best received of his attempts to buck the scholarly consensus. He assumed that what came together  in … Continue reading

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The Historical Jesus-Purity

According to Josephus, John the Baptist “commanded the Jews to exercise virtue, both as to righteousness towards one another, and piety towards God, and so to come to baptism; for that the washing [with water] would be acceptable to him, … Continue reading

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C.K. Barrett

A few weeks ago I put up a list of my favorite books on the historical Jesus.  One of them was Jesus and the Gospel Tradition by C. K. Barrett.  Today I learned that Barrett has died. http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/2011/08/27/c-k-barrett-1917-2011

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Psalm 81-The Band

The heading of  Psalm 81 says, “To the choirmaster: according to the Gittith.  A Psalm of Asaph.” (See also Psalms 8 and 84) The Gittith is probably a musical instrument from the Philistine city of Gath.  Goliath was called a … Continue reading

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The Historical Jesus-The Axe and the Tree

John the Baptist implied an urgent need to repent because God’s judgement would come very soon.  “The axe”, he said, “is already poised” to fell the tree of Israel.  If you read my “vine” post on the 80th Psalm you … Continue reading

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The Historical Jesus-A Place to Begin

History today  gets written from a postmodern perspective.  This often means that skepticism prevails, and that the method includes deconstructing and debunking what people used to think was true.  For instance, I read a book about the Battle of Gettysburg.  … Continue reading

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Psalm 80-the Vine

Psalm 80 contains an extended metaphor that I want to explore.  Beginning in verse 8 God’s people are a grape-vine.  God dug them up in Egypt, carried them to Canaan and transplanted them.  To do this God drove out the … Continue reading

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