Monthly Archives: August 2018

Heaven as a community of freinds

On Labor Day Sunday I’m often called on to preach so that the official pastor can take time off. So it is again. But this is probably the last time I will preach for a while. The congregations that usually … Continue reading

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Leuchter-identity and religion

I bought Mark Leuchter’s The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity because I am on a quest to understand the priesthood, particularly in regard to how the community that produced the P (Priestly) portions of the Pentateuch lived. We … Continue reading

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Leuchter-the wise men of the second temple

Mark Leuchter in The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity comes to a final chapter about the way the Levites developed in the period after Ezra. Remember that he has traced the Levites through several roles. He thinks the … Continue reading

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Peterson, Leuchter and me in the middle

Over the last few days I have redone my desktop setup. I replaced my huge, noisy old tower with a four-inch by four-inch box. It is totally silent. What a difference a few years makes in technology! Now that I’m … Continue reading

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Leuchter-the Persian period

I am forging ahead with my reading of Mark Leuchter’s The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity. There are three options about the history of the Levites after the Babylonian exile. The first is to take at face value … Continue reading

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Leuchter-the penknife and the sunken book

I apologize for interrupting the series on Leuchter’s book in the middle of a discussion of Jeremiah. The election last Tuesday had been my focus. When it was over, I woke up to the fact that I had places to … Continue reading

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On losing an election

I will probably not blog again until next week. Looking at the rest of this week I just see too much travel and activity: a birthday celebration, a baseball game and the State Fair.. I am replacing my desktop CPU. … Continue reading

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