Monthly Archives: December 2018

Let the drummer go

I am not a Calvinist. But this Christmas I listened to a lot of the band, Theocracy. Calvinism kind of fits with the darker themes of Heavy Metal. Anyway, I think their Christmas stuff is great. Sometimes it is hilarious. … Continue reading

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Millgram-giving Elijah (and Ahab) a seat at the table

It is time to finish up with Hillel Millgram’s The Elijah Enigma. In a postscript to the book, he talks about the myth of Elijah that continued in Judaism. This had already started before Kings was written. One of its … Continue reading

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Millgram-Assassins for God

We had a good Christmas with church and family.  I hope the holidays have been good for you too. I am sorry that after the peace-on-earth message, we now must deal with one of the most violent parts of the … Continue reading

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Millgram-prophet sons and queen mothers

Since Hillel Millgram’s book, The Elijah Enigma, is about the prophet Elijah and the king Ahab, their departure would end the book except for the many loose ends concerning what happened to the dynasty of Omri and the theological meaning … Continue reading

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Millgram-Elijah goes directly to heaven

2 Kings 2 tells how Elijah was translated into heaven and how Elisha inherited his role as leader of the prophets. This story is odd in that it puts into the midst of a chronicle about historical kings and prophets … Continue reading

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Millgram-spell, hexes and prophets

Ahab is dead. 2 Kings opens with Elijah once again active (we have no explanation of where Elijah was during the events surrounding Ahab’s death). The new king is Ahaziah. According to Hillel Millgram’s interpretation in The Elijah Enigma, the … Continue reading

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Millgram-Ahab dies a failure

I am reading Hillel Millgram’s The Elijah Enigma. In 1 Kings 22 we see a situation where prophets advise kings. Ahab has secured the backing of Judah’s king Jehoshaphat to retake Ramoth-Giliad east of the Jordan, a stronghold that has … Continue reading

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2018-Christmas letter

As I have done before, I post my family end-of-the-year, Christmas letter here: Yule—Our Germanic ancestors got really drunk and sacrificed somebody to Chris Hemsworth (Thor). We too really want the days to start getting longer. We’re going to refrain … Continue reading

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Millgram-the blood of Jezreel

In my reading of Hillel Millgram’s The Elijah Enigma I come to the story of Naboth’s vineyard and 1 Kings 21. There are conversations recounted: Ahab with Naboth, Ahab with himself, and Ahab with Jezebel. There are also letters that … Continue reading

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More deeply into Advent

Here is a semi-poetic Advent meditation that I link because I haven’t yet done anything to mark Hanukkah or the impending Nativity celebration.  Be sure to watch and listen to the video at the end. It may help to know … Continue reading

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