The Testing of God’s Sons by Gregory Smith is an accessibly written academic monograph that examines the idea of “testing” throughout the Bible. Perhaps its best contribution is its sensitive reading of the Joseph story in Genesis.
The following is a sermon I presented to the First Pentecostal Church of Crosby (Crosby, TX) on August 10, 2014. (more…)
“When using lots of words one never fails to offend, but the one who restrains his lips is wise.”
The literal interpretation of Genesis 1:1-2:3 runs into serious problems on more than one level, not the least of which is how to understand the “firmament.”
I’m more and more convinced that a place of despair and uncertainty is precisely where our relationship with God grows the closest and strongest. And what’s more, the growth in that relationship is not simply one-directional, meaning it is not simply our faith in God that grows.
Meribah is a novel by award-winning filmmaker Arthur Mokin that follows the fortunes of a young Egyptian scribe during the events related in the biblical books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. After his country and family are devastated by the ten plagues, he decides to follow the Israelites on their journey, in large part because he has fallen in love with an Israelite woman, though a small part of his decision (and one that becomes more important throughout the novel) is his fascination with the God of the Israelites who so convincingly, albeit brutally, demonstrates his power over the Egyptian pantheon and Pharaoh.
Someone who hates secretly is a deceiver. Someone who hates publicly is an idiot.
This is just a quick note to announce that I've added a new "Bibliogaphy" page to the site (accessible via the link at the top of the page). This page, like everything on this blog, is a work in progress. Ultimately, my goal is to have every work cited or reviewed on this blog linked…
Merrill, Rooker, and Grisanti’s OT introduction “The World and the Word” unfortunately represents a step backward for fundamentalist Bible scholarship, when what it needs is honesty, courage, and creativity.
While mostly successful as a conservative introduction to the Old Testament, The World and the Word fails as an introduction to OT scholarship, being weighed down by an underlying fundamentalist apologetic and an inaccurate dualistic view of biblical scholarship.