If you’re up for it, and you really want to see Genesis 1–11 with fresh eyes, I’m providing you with that opportunity. I plan to go through these chapters with two posts per section. The first post will, for each section, be my own translation. I will include only notes explaining why I chose to…Read More
It has taken me quite a while to write this post because I’ve been reading a very helpful book, Middle Eastern Mythology by Samuel Henry Hooke (1874–1968). It’s not a big book—less than 200 pages in the Dover paperback edition of 2004—but it is quite dense with information. It is written in a way, however,…Read More
As we have noted, Qohelet repeatedly uses the word, hevel, to stress that certain individual actions or pursuits are meaningless and thus in the end that all of life “under the sun” is utterly meaningless. So, if that’s the case, Qohelet, what are people supposed to do with their lives? There is a phrase that…Read More
As my parents’ generation often stated, “The proof is in the pudding.” Since, according to the New Testament, “God is love” (1 John 4:8), then if that understanding, for me, truly defines who God is and how God works in this world (and in my life), that should inspire, motivate and empower me to live…Read More
There was no “the Bible” in Jesus’ day. It simply didn’t exist. Rather, what did exist was a variety of mostly independent texts, many of which existed in different versions and obviously had undergone (or were undergoing) change. Some would say that the texts that later were deemed “canonical” were, during the mid to late…Read More
It isn’t my goal, with this article (or any article), to intentionally offend anyone. However, when I read Genesis 1–11, having removed my conservative evangelical lenses, it is pretty weird and yet wondrous. It compares, in many ways, with other ancient Near East stories about gods, creation, humanity, floods, etc. In Genesis 2, God puts…Read More
How is your theology bearing up under the weight of a global pandemic that has lasted a year and half, has infected a minimum of 152 million people and has contributed significantly to the deaths of at least 3.2 million people worldwide (as of May 1, 2021)? At the very least, for those of us…Read More
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