Monthly Archives: April 2013

Magness-Samaritans

Jodi Magness says that archeology can tell us a bit about the Samaritans. Anyone who has read the gospels knows about Samaritans–the Good Samaritan, the woman at Jacob’s well, etc..  It was during the Persian period that the Samaritan/Jewish binary became … Continue reading

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Magness-my sidetrip about Persia and George W. Bush

The return of George W. Bush to the news this week in connection with the opening of his presidential library, reminded me of the Bush derangement syndrome many people had in the last decade. We have Obama derangement syndrome now … Continue reading

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Magness-on old Jerusalem

I continue with Jodi Magness and The Archeology of the Holy Land. There is a preliminary chapter about the prehistory of the Holy Land, the time before the Babylonian Conquest. She focuses on Jerusalem and what archeology tells us about … Continue reading

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Magness-Archaeology and History

Okay, enough with the theology.  Not that I promise to avoid theology in the future or even today. Everything has something to do with theology.  But my main interests include history and texts and archaeology in the Ancient Near East … Continue reading

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Therapeutic church going

Yesterday the New York Times had an article trying to come to terms from a secular point of view with studies that show that going to church is good for people. The picture at the top has a woman lying … Continue reading

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Fretheim-What kind of God?

I finished reading Terence Fretheim’s The Suffering of God.  I need to remind you of a couple of Fretheim’s earlier themes. One of them is the idea of the intensification of God’s presence.  God is always present, but in certain … Continue reading

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Fretheim-Godlike prophets

A reservation I have about Terence Fretheim’s method in The Suffering of God is that he does not make as much of the different voices in the Bible as I would.  He recognizes that there are different voices.  But I … Continue reading

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Fretheim-the cost of divine restraint

The previous chapter in Terence Fretheim’s book on The Suffering of God was all about divine empathy.  God feels with us, even weeps with us.  I like this emphasis and even know that it is true. However, I was hoping … Continue reading

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Fretheim-the tearful God

I read the next chapter in Terence Fretheim’s The Suffering of God. He takes up the idea that God suffers with Israel and, indeed, all people. Israel’s historical experience of deliverance from Egypt and other adversity underlies their perception that … Continue reading

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Fretheim-a little more

I am putting up just a short addendum to my last post on Fretheim’s Suffering of God. You should not get the impression that when this author says that God suffers he means that God’s suffering is just like our … Continue reading

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