Monthly Archives: June 2018

The Lord’s Prayer-issues and beauty

I am preaching this week. Occasionally congregations ask retired preachers to do this. In my case, I don’t encourage it. It still happens. I don’t mind doing it as long as it doesn’t become a long-term commitment. My text will … Continue reading

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Was the ephod like a ouija board?

There is a puzzle about something the Bible calls the ephod. At some point the ephod became just a name for an apron worn by a priest. But there was a time when the ephod was not a garment. It … Continue reading

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Gaines- I compare Poetic P to Abe Lincoln

Having reread parts of The Poetic Priestly Source by Jason M. H. Gaines that I had trouble understanding, I come away with the importance of his belief that poetry is a matter of degrees and that his term poetic is … Continue reading

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Gaines-P as built upon a lyrical epic

I am reporting on my read of The Poetic Priestly Source by Jason M. H. Gaines. In between the very specialized analysis of Hebrew passages in P according to his yardstick for what constitutes poetry and what constitutes prose, Gaines … Continue reading

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Gaines-P and Poetry

Sometimes I read a book that is just too technical for me. I have read The Poetic Priestly Source by Jason M. H. Gaines. But I realize that much of it is way beyond my ability to evaluate. There is … Continue reading

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Jesus for peace and prosperity

Religion and politics don’t mix. That is wrong, but often spoken. Look at U.S. churches and synagogues, which are largely either red or blue these days. Politics and religion are deeply mixed in reality. And yet, the statement that religion … Continue reading

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Hamor the Hivite

My guess in my last post hinting that the Hivites at Gibeon arrived from the southeast corner of Anatolia in the 12 century BCE seems to disagree with the notion that Hamor the Hivite is the founder of Shechem. The … Continue reading

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