I have mentioned before that our Sunday School ideals of David's kingdom are painfully mistaken. David formed an uneasy alliance between Judah and Ephraim, which Ephraim often tried to violate. The Ephraimites claimed that they were meant to rule because Israel (Jacob) had chosen Joseph to lead and had specifically blessed Joseph's younger son Ephraim… Continue reading Joab the Psycho
Finally, we meet Boaz. His name means "quickness" or "swiftness" and as I mentioned in the last post, he is a mighty man in the clan of Elimelech. He greets his reapers with יְהוָה עִמָּכֶם (YHWH 'ēmakam, literally "YHWH be among you"), to which they reply יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה (abarak-ak YHWH, "blessings of YHWH"). Apparently, this was a traditionally greeting among the Judahites at the time, meant to convey an allegiance to YHWH - their God. Living in a truly pluralistic society where there were many gods, it was important that people remained their allegiance to the God of Judah.
וַתֵּלַכְנָה שְׁתֵּיהֶם עַד־בֹּאָנָה בֵּית לָחֶם וַיְהִי כְּבֹאָנָה בֵּית לֶחֶם וַתֵּהֹם כָּל־הָעִיר עֲלֵיהֶן וַתֹּאמַרְנָה הֲזֹאת נָעֳמִי׃ וַתֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶן אַל־תִּקְרֶאנָה לִי נָעֳמִי קְרֶאןָ לִי מָרָא כִּי־הֵמַר שַׁדַּי לִי מְאֹד׃ אֲנִי מְלֵאָה הָלַכְתִּי וְרֵיקָם הֱשִׁיבַנִי יְהוָה לָמָּה תִקְרֶאנָה לִי נָעֳמִי וַיהוָה עָנָה בִי וְשַׁדַּי הֵרַע לִי׃ וַתָּשָׁב נָעֳמִי וְרוּת הַמּוֹאֲבִיָּה כַלָּתָהּ עִמָּהּ הַשָּׁבָה מִשְּׂדֵי מוֹאָב וְהֵמָּה בָּאוּ בֵּית… Continue reading King of Hopelessness, pt 4 (1:19-22)
Peter Enns, a professor of Old Testament and New Testament Studies at Eastern University, has written a book that is getting a lot of press time in the Christian blogosphere. The book, entitled The Evolution of Adam, attempts to reconcile the Genesis record with modern scientific thought, as well as explain the apostle Paul's use of… Continue reading How do we read Genesis 1-3?