On Sunday, I mentioned that one of the ways I read the first portion of Genesis is through something I called The Creation Cycles. Here is a basic summary of the structure: The Earth Cycle (1-4) Opening Summary (1:1) Earth as Creation: The Annals (toledeth) of the Earth (1:2-2:4) Earth as Creature: The Annals of Adam (2:5-5:2) The… Continue reading Genesis 1-11: The Creation Cycle
אֵלִ֣י אֵ֭לִי לָמָ֣ה עֲזַבְתָּ֑נִי eloi eloi lama 'zabachthani This Sunday at Bedford Road, we spent some time exploring Jesus's quote of Psalm 22 (Psalm 21 in LXX) when he was on the cross. This is perhaps the most well-known case of Jesus citing a lament from the Hebrew Scriptures; but it is often misinterpreted as… Continue reading Did the Father Abandon Jesus on the Cross?
Recently, I saw a video of a supposed Messianic Jewish rabbi talking about Luke 2:12. After declaring Jesus's birth in Bethlehem, the angelic host tells the shepherds: And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. This rabbi goes on to say… Continue reading Swaddling Cloths
Many Christian apologists who answer Mormon doctrine do so on the basis of looking deep into their lesser known beliefs and pointing out that there is some wild stuff going on there. For example, Joseph Smith taught that Methuselah and Abraham used the urim and the thummim as magical telescopes to discover the star Kolob,… Continue reading Mormonism is Not Orthodox Christianity
While our congregation is reading through Exous, Leviticus and Numbers, I thought I would add some daily notes of things that caught my imagination. Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me,… Continue reading Reading the Exodus and Wanderings
As a student of history and the Bible, I often find myself telling people to learn the background and context of things before making definitive statements. As of late, however, I am discovering that the only thing more dangerous than ignorance of historical context is the abuse of incomplete knowledge of history. People who develop… Continue reading Abusing History in Bible Teaching
Have you ever gotten to the bottom of a cup of coffee and taken that last swig only to encounter a mouthful of coffee grounds? Is there anything more surprising than expecting a beverage in your mouth and discovering what essentially amounts to bitter-tasting dirt? Those of us who came out of established (and sometimes… Continue reading Vestigial Theology