Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Powerful Closing Night at the Republican National Convention

I just finished watching the last night of the 2012 Republican National Convention.  Although the talk today is mostly about the speech by Clint Eastwood (who conversed with an empty chair) and the speech by Mitt Romney himself, I thought … Continue reading

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Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father 15

I finished Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.  In my latest reading, Obama talked about introducing Michelle to his family—-on both his father’s side (in Africa) and his mother’s side (in the U.S.).  Barack’s … Continue reading

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Completing Jacob and the Divine Trickster

I finished John Anderson’s Jacob and the Divine Trickster: A Theology of Deception and YHWH’s Fidelity to the Ancestral Promise in the Jacob Cycle. Anderson’s argument appears to be that God supported Jacob’s deception of people and Laban’s deception of … Continue reading

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Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father 14

In my latest reading of Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Barack Obama relates the story that his Granny in Kenya told him about his paternal grandfather and his father.  On pages 429-430, Obama narrates: “When … Continue reading

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Challenging Some Prominent Evangelical Narratives

I started John Anderson’s Jacob and the Divine Trickster: A Theology of Deception and YHWH’s Fidelity to the Ancestral Promise in the Jacob Cycle. I’d like to start this post by sharing my experiences in evangelical circles.  In evangelical circles, … Continue reading

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Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father 13

In my latest reading of Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, I noticed similarities between certain Kenyan tribal customs and rules in the Torah: a man marries his brother’s wife when his brother dies, … Continue reading

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Finishing Roskop’s The Wilderness Itineraries

I finished Angela Roskop’s The Wilderness Itineraries: Genre, Geography, and the Growth of Torah. Roskop’s argument is that a priestly scribe wrote wilderness itineraries in the Torah to promote a program of Israel returning from exile.  According to Roskop, the … Continue reading

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