Category Archives: Psalms

Psalm 78 and the plagues of Egypt

The Passover/Exodus story in Exodus 7-11 tells of ten plagues that befell Egypt.  But there are shorter, poetic accounts of the plagues in Psalm 78:41 ff. and Psalm 105:27 ff.  Actually, since the word plague has come to mean a … Continue reading

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Baden-Goliath’s sword and David’s lyre

2 Samuel. 21:19 (NRSV) Then there was another battle with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. From this verse we get … Continue reading

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Fishbane-prayer and study

Micheal Fishbane in his Sacred Attunement writes about theology as integral to Jewish life and piety. Prayer and study are central to Jewish life and are acts of theology. Prayer begins with the human body and senses receiving the gift … Continue reading

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Barr-some Psalms and Qoheleth

James Barr, in Biblical Faith and Natural Theology, took on the claims of those who did not find natural theology in the Hebrew Bible. He talked first about three particular Psalm and then, more broadly about Wisdom, Prophets, and Law. … Continue reading

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Girard-basics

In summarizing The One by Whom Scandal Comes  I feel like I am repeating phrases from Rene Girard, like “mimetic violence” and “scapegoat” that a lot of people just won’t understand. So now I am going to try to briefly … Continue reading

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Easter-Psalm 118

I live near Kansas City.  If you have been paying attention to the news at all, you know that an antisemite shot people in the parking lots at a Jewish complex in Overland Park, Kansas yesterday.  I am familiar with … Continue reading

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Lent-Psalm 31

On the Sunday before Easter there are options for the readings. You can treat the day as Palm Sunday and stress Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is a parade. People shout, “Hosanna”. In many churches there is a procession … Continue reading

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