Category Archives: Bible

Jacob’s dream at Bethel

Here is the situation I am in right now. A couple weeks ago I filled in for a pastor who was ill. In the meantime that pastor has very unexpectedly died. So now I am asked to preach again and … Continue reading

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Trying to understand a vile practice

Most people today would consider human sacrifice a kind of ritual murder. We see it as morally ugly. There is quite a bit of evidence that it was, shockingly, practiced by a wide range of ancient cultures. Modern scholars tend … Continue reading

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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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Cowboys and farmers in Numbers 16

12 Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; and they said, “We won’t come up! 13 Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us … Continue reading

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