Monthly Archives: August 2015

Fishbane-attunement

My interest is in biblical studies and an outward-focused spirituality.  My main interest is not in theology. I end up having to do theology anyway, because I can’t do biblical studies or spirituality without talking about God–theology.  But academic theology … Continue reading

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Was King Saul a wife-beater?

I know the title sounds like a tabloid headline.  But, I have my reasons for asking. There is a difference between hearing the exact words of a biblical character and hearing the voice of that character. As we have just … Continue reading

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Cook-canonical shaping

I have been reading people who use Canonical Criticism to understand Scripture since I read Brevard Childs’ introductions to the Old and New Testaments in the late ‘80s,  But I have been uncomfortable with this and related approaches even while finding … Continue reading

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Cook-Moses dies alone

In Stephen L. Cook’s Reading Deuteronomy I have come to the final chapter and the death of Moses. Moses dies alone on Mount Nebo.  No one knows where exactly.  “He buried him” (Deuteronomy 34:6) means that God buried him.  No … Continue reading

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Cook-the Blessing of Moses

Although given a literary framework by exilic editors, the poem in Deuteronomy 33:6-25 is probably even older than the Song of Moses in the previous chapter.  Stephen L. Cook in Reading Deuteronomy puts this poem, the Blessing of Moses, back … Continue reading

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Cook-3 successors to Moses

I am always looking for something I had not considered before. As an interim pastor, I have often talked about the transition of leadership from Moses to Joshua.  It fits the theme of a transition of leadership from a resigned … Continue reading

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Cook-the passionate God

In his introduction to Reading Deuteronomy, Stephen L. Cook has already argued that there was a post-exilic edition of Deuteronomy that added some references to the Babylonian exile.  We find some of these in chapters 29 and 30.  Deuteronomy 29:28 … Continue reading

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Cook-blessings, curses and siege warfare

The impressive curses of Deuteronomy 28:15 ff. are probably what awed young king Josiah when he heard them.  He interpreted the curses to mean that Israel in his time stood under the wrath of God (2 Kings 22:11-13).  However, it … Continue reading

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Cook- at Mount Ebal

There is an archeological case that there was an altar or temple on Mt. Ebal from about 1250 BCE to 1150 BCE, after which the Israelite sacrifice and festival destination moved south to Shiloh.  Stephen Cook, in Reading Deuteronomy, calls … Continue reading

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Cook-Amalekites and first fruits

In Reading Deuteronomy, a new commentary, Stephen Cook sees in the book’s law code an elaboration on the Ten Commandments one after another.  For him this is the canonical shape that the compilers and editors of Deuteronomy have given the … Continue reading

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