Category Archives: Genesis

Terrien-woman the crown of creation

I am reading this book: Samuel Terrien begins with the Garden of Eden story. “The story of the Garden was probably chanted liturgically at the ceremonies of the autumn festival, several hundred years before it was incorporated into the present Pentateuch” … Continue reading

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Scribes-writing for performance

I have challenged myself to think about what the most significant idea was that came from my reading in 2016. My answer is the notion in David M. Carr’s Writing on the Tablet of the Heart that ancient scribes wrote to facilitate … Continue reading

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Genesis 1 and chicken sexers

The priests whose views come to us in Genesis 1 believed that God had made humans male and female. This belief laid the foundation for a binary understanding of human sex. Now we have people who claim other genders and orientations. … Continue reading

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Beale-the idea of a future temple

A feature of G. K. Beale’s The Temple and the Mission of the Church is the importance it gives to Genesis 1:28 and its commission to “be fruitful and multiply” and to “subdue” the planet and “have dominion” over the animals.  That … Continue reading

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Beale-carrying the temple beyond Eden

One of the characteristics of  G.K. Beale’s The Temple and the Mission of the Church is that he uses facts about Near Eastern temples and mythology as background for talking about the Israelite temple.  It is a feature that some … Continue reading

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My current reading project is G. K. Beale’s The Temple and the Mission of the Church. As the title suggests, Beale sees a link between the concept of the temple or sanctuary and the concept of mission. He has laid … Continue reading

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The historical Jacob

I have been reading the article “Comments on the Historical Background of the Jacob Narrative in Genesis” by Israel Finkelstein and Thomas Romer. It is available in PDF format here. As mentioned when I wrote about Finkelstein’s The Forgotten Kingdom … Continue reading

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