Monthly Archives: August 2011

My Pastor on the Messianic Secret

At church this morning, the pastor offered a sensible interpretation of the Messianic Secret.  The Messianic Secret is Jesus keeping secret his Messianic status in the synoptic Gospels.  Jesus either did not tell people that he was the Messiah, or … Continue reading

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Saul Is Tov

On page 355 of Poetics of Biblical Narrative, Meir Sternberg says the following about King Saul: “‘Saul’—the traditional rendering goes—‘was a handsome [tov] young man.  There was not a man among the children of Israel more handsome [tov] than he; … Continue reading

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Psalm 38

For my weekly quiet time this week, I will blog about Psalm 38.  I have four items: 1.  The Psalmist is sick in Psalm 38, and evangelical preachers I heard speculated that David may have had a venereal disease, perhaps … Continue reading

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What Really Needs Emending, According to Sternberg!

For my write-up today of Meir Sternberg’s Poetics of Biblical Narrative, I will start with something that Sternberg says on page 312.  I’ll give more information about the topic of the quote in the course of this post. “Hence the … Continue reading

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Did David Know That Uriah Knew (Assuming Uriah Knew)?

In my reading today of Poetics of Biblical Narrative, Meir Sternberg plays with the idea that, in II Samuel 11, David realizes that Uriah knows all about David’s affair with Bathsheba.  Sternberg also provides reasons for the possibility that Uriah … Continue reading

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Our Parents Being Human, and Stephen King’s IT

In this post, I will muse and ramble on the subject of regarding one’s parents as real people.  I will be drawing from Stephen King’s IT, but I will begin this post by quoting from Rachel Held Evans’ Evolving in … Continue reading

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Theodicy and Reincarnation

James McGrath has a post, Liberalism Around the Blogosphere (and in the aftermath of the Indiana State Fair tragedy).  In the comments section, my friend Bryan makes a comment that overlaps with what James McGrath says in his post. Bryan … Continue reading

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Sternberg on Historical-Criticism, the Narrator, and Other Stuff

I’m continuing my way through Meir Sternberg’s Poetics of Biblical Narrative. 1.  I talked yesterday about Sternberg’s views on literary and historical-criticism, and I asked if the historical contexts of the biblical writings played a role in Sternberg’s interpretation of … Continue reading

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Beginning Sternberg’s Poetics of Biblical Narrative

I started Meir Sternberg’s The Poetics of Biblical Narrative.  I have three items, which are quotes on which I will comment. 1.  Page 17: “However this may turn out, the laissez-faire gestures (‘You go your way and I’ll go mine’ … Continue reading

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Beverly Marsh and the Fear of God

In this post, I will muse and ramble about the fear of God, as I draw from passages in Stephen King’s IT. As a child, Beverly Marsh was afraid of her father.  Page 395 has a poignant passage about the … Continue reading

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