Monthly Archives: March 2014

Milgrom-holiness, love and tattoos

I am reading Jacob Milgrom’s Continental Commentary volume on Leviticus. Leviticus 19 is the heart of H, the Holiness Code.  It shows how the priests have been stung by the critique of the eighth century prophets, especially Isaiah.  Thus H … Continue reading

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Another take on the Flood

I quit reading reviews of the movie, Noah, when I realized that many of the reviewers haven’t seen the movie.  Here, though, is a review of a book (The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood) that came out … Continue reading

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Milgrom-Molech

I am reading the commentary Leviticus by Jacob Milgrom The author is among those scholars who accept the evidence that burning children as an offering to Molech was a thing in ancient Israel. Leviticus 18 lists 17 sexual practices prohibited in … Continue reading

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Lent-Psalm 23

The 23rd Psalm is the reading for the 4th Sunday of Lent. This Psalm is so familiar that we have a hard time hearing it as though for the first time. One verse that jars a little is the one … Continue reading

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Milgrom-an inescapable issue

I would just as soon go on from Leviticus 18 without talking about this.  But I don’t suppose I can. People will want to know about 18:22.  “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman.  It is … Continue reading

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Milgrom-the whole land is the holy place

I am reading Jacob Milgrom’s Leviticus, a one volume commentary in the Continental Commentary series. What sparked my interest in this was Milgrom’s agreement with the theory of a few other Israeli scholars that Leviticus 17 and the chapters that follow … Continue reading

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Lent-Psalm 95

Psalm 95 is read on the third Sunday in Lent in churches following the Revised Common Lectionary. This Psalm starts out as a psalm of gathering and praise.  This praise takes the form of singing and shouting.  It leads to … Continue reading

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