Monthly Archives: August 2011

Starting Hanson’s Dawn of Apocalyptic

I started Paul Hanson’s 1975 classic, The Dawn of Apocalyptic.  I will start this post by quoting Hanson’s definitions of prophetic eschatology and apocalyptic eschatology on pages 11-12: “Prophetic eschatology we define as a religious perspective which focuses on the … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Religion

Eddie Reassuring Myra

On pages 83-102 of Stephen King’s IT, Eddie Kaspbrak gets a call from Mike Hanlon telling him that IT has returned and so Eddie has to return to Derry to help fight it.  (I just realized that I’ve been misspelling … Continue reading

Posted in Stephen King

Who Can Interpret the Bible?

I finished Mark Smith’s Untold Stories: The Bible and Ugaritic Studies in the Twentieth Century.  I’ll start this post with something that Smith says on page 223: “In the last two decades, historical criticism has hardly been the hegemonic enterprise … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Religion

True Love

In Stephen King’s IT, Ben Hanscom has a crush on Beverly Marsh, but, while she likes Ben as a friend, she loves Bill Denbrough.  After the Losers’ Club gives IT a temporary setback in an old house, Ben observes that … Continue reading

Posted in Little House, Stephen King

Albright, Jews, and Catholics; Literary Vs. Ritual

I’m continuing my way through Mark Smith’s Untold Stories: The Bible and Ugaritic Studies in the Twentieth Century.  I have two items from today’s reading: 1.  I’ll actually start this first item with something from yesterday’s reading.  On pages 31-32, … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Psalms, Religion

Reunions and Old Roles

On page 575 of Stephen King’s IT, Richie Tozer reflects on how people fall back into their old roles at reunions: “The others saw him as the Klass Klown, the Krazy Kut-up, and he had fallen neatly and easily into … Continue reading

Posted in Life, Stephen King

Stories on Love

The topic at church this morning was love.  In the sermon, the pastor had a lot of good stories.  He opened with a story about Will Durant, who tried to find happiness in learning, in travel, and in writing, and … Continue reading

Posted in Church, Religion

Beginning Mark Smith’s Untold Stories

I started Mark Smith’s Untold Stories: The Bible and Ugaritic Studies in the Twentieth Century.  Ugaritic was a Semitic language in the ancient city of Ugarit, in Syria.  A farmer in 1928 stumbled on a stone while ploughing, dug underneath … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Religion, Stephen King

Psalm 39

For my weekly quiet time this week, I will blog about Psalm 39. The Psalmist does not want to sin with his tongue, which perhaps means that he is afraid that he will open his mouth and curse God, or … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Psalms, Religion, Weekly Quiet Time

Cohen on Converts’ Status and Timothy’s Circumcision

I finished Shaye Cohen’s The Beginnings of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties.  In this post, I will talk about Chapter 10, “Israelite Mothers, Israelite Fathers: Matrilineal Descent and the Inequality of the Convert”, and Appendix D, “Was Timothy Jewish?” 1.  Chapter … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Rabbinics, Religion