Monthly Archives: May 2011

Things That Took Me Aback in the Liturgy

Church was interesting this morning.  Here are some passages from the liturgy, along with my commentary: 1.  “Loving God, we confess that too often we see others serving You in ways that appear excessive and extravagant to us.  We criticize, … Continue reading

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The Settlement of the Transjordan, Part 2

I’m continuing my series on Jacob Milgrom’s Excursus 70 in his Jewish Publication Society commentary on the Book of Numbers, “The Settlement of Transjordan (chap. 32)”.  Yesterday, we saw the problem that Milgrom is addressing: Why does the Hebrew Bible … Continue reading

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Psalm 25

For my weekly quiet time today, I will blog about Psalm 25 and its interpreters. Here are three items: 1.  The Psalmist starts out Psalm 25 by saying that he lifts up his soul to God (v 1).  What does … Continue reading

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The Settlement of the Transjordan, Part 1

In this post, I’ll talk about Excursus 70 in Jacob Milgrom’s Jewish Publication Society commentary on the Book of Numbers.  This Excursus is entitled “The Settlement of Transjordan (chap. 32)”. Milgrom discusses discrepancies in the Hebrew Bible on who has … Continue reading

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Van Seters on Etiologies, Olrik’s Laws, and Source Criticism

I’m continuing my way through John Van Seters’ Abraham in History and Tradition.  I have three items: Van Seters’ treatment of etiologies in the patriarchal narratives, Van Seters’ use of Olrik’s laws on oral tradition, and Van Seters’ application of … Continue reading

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The Decalogue: Organizing the Book of Exodus

This will be the last post of my series on pages 275-278 of David Aaron’s Etched in Stone.  On these pages, Dr. Aaron summarizes what he believes were the stages of the Decalogue tradition.  I’ll give you the gist so … Continue reading

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Van Seters’ Historical Arguments Regarding the Patriarchs

I’m continuing my way through John Van Seters’ Abraham in History and Tradition.  Here are three items. 1.  A significant point that Van Seters makes is that the patriarchal narratives have anachronisms: they locate things from the first millennium B.C.E. … Continue reading

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The Decalogue: The Deuteronomist Chimes In

I’ve been blogging about pages 275-278 of Etched in Stone, in which David Aaron summarizes what he believes are the stages in the Decalogue tradition.  Stage 1 was the Proto-Narrative, in which a group during the time of the Jewish … Continue reading

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Starting Van Seters’ Abraham in History and Tradition

I started John Van Seters’ Abraham in History and Tradition, which I am actually rereading, since I read the book over a year ago. I didn’t get too many pages read so far, but what stood out to me in … Continue reading

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Rolf Jacobsen on Direct Discourse in the Psalms

I read Rolf Jacobsen’s ‘Many Are Saying’: The Function of Direct Discourse in the Hebrew Psalter. What is Direct Discourse?  Essentially, it’s a quote.  When the Psalmist puts words into her enemies mouth, such as “Aha, Aha” (a statement without … Continue reading

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