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June 17 2017, 11AM

I can’t remember if I have yet linked to The Mother God Experiment. Sadly due to the way Facebook hides our non-friends from us, placing their messages into the outer darkness, I only discovered Susan Harrison’s work recently. Her blog is a fa... [God as mother]

June 3, 6PM

Two friends1 have in different ways prompted this post. One is a technologist trained in the sciences, who in the context of dissatisfaction with understanding the how of a particular area of theology wrote:2 Can someone tell me how I can learn to become ... [Luke] [Spirituality]

June 1, 12 PM

My short piece on Isaiah 6 from the NZ BaptistMag has been put online. Do either go and comment, question, object…. or tell your friends to stir things up a bit :)   Please! The post My take on Isaiah 6 appeared first on Sans​blogue. [Isaiah]

May 28, 4PM

Just a quick note. I omitted to note that Jesus seems to express something close to the ideas in my last post1  when he says to activist enthusiast Peter: Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever... [aging]
A few days ago I posted on Facebook a link to a post from six years ago: Does Jesus make me whole? As a result, I was challenged again to reflect more on the theology of aging. By this I do not mean, how younger people can cope with the older ones, nor h... [aging]

May 23, 5PM

Well chosen, clearly expressed, learning outcomes (or whatever you call them) are a joy to read. They also help students learn and teachers teach. By defining the skills and abilities that students should achieve, they can guide and give shape to a course... [education] [teaching]

May 22, 4PM

What would happen is somehow God in his infinite wisdom managed to explain the paradox of suffering in a world created by a good God? What if God had offered the simple brief explanation in a few verses of Scripture? That’s the thought experiment pr... [Xtras]

May 15, 4PM

Still reconnoitering the book I was struck by this in the intro to chapter 3 (93-4), I find it difficult to see how he can defend the claim whilst reading passages like Mat 5:17ff. or Luke 16:14ff.: [T]he NT as a whole understands Jesus to be the suprem... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [God and genocide] [hermeneutics]

May 14, 6PM

if something we would otherwise always call “evil”—such as infanticide—must be considered “good” on the grounds that God commanded it, then we have to admit that there is no longer any intelligible distinction between what we mean by “good,... [God and genocide]

5PM

I begin to understand why Boyd has been accused of Marcionism when I read at the start of chapter 8: The problem of relating the Old and New Testaments is as old as the church itself, and the incongruity of the OT’s violent divine portraits with the non... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [God and genocide] [hermeneutics]

May 13, 12 PM

It seems that Boyd’s approach to reading ‘canonically’ will be the diametric opposite of Childs’ canonical reading, which seeks to take the divine inspiration1 of the whole canonical process, from oral delivery or early drafts thro... [God and genocide] [hermeneutics]

10AM

Hence, any Scripture that ascribed change or suffering to God was typically interpreted to depict God as he appears to us, not as he actually is. But until rather recently, no one has seen the need to apply this same strategy to reconcile Scripture with G... [God and genocide] [hermeneutics]

May 12, 9PM

Concerning his study (aimed at a book) of places where “God commanded and engaged in violence in the OT.” Boyd writes: My goal, which is shared by most Evangelical books addressing this topic, was to put the best possible “spin” on the OT... [God and genocide] [hermeneutics]

8PM

Gregory A. Boyd, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Volumes 1 & 2. Fortress Press, 2017. This is not a book review. I will be writing a review of The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, but this is not it. This post will reflect on the experience of revi... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [God and genocide] [Interpretation] [hermeneutics]

May 7, 3PM

The indefatigable Jim West is offering private tuition in Hebrew and/or Greek to anyone who is interested in learning to read the Bible (and probably lots of hard work – learning languages is fun, useful and inspiring, but always hard work. Jim is t... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT]

May 1, 3PM

Near the heart of Marshall’s plea, for a principled way to “go beyond the Bible” biblically, is the issue of genocide. The apparent approval (or even command) from Yahweh of genocide seems incompatible with divinity. Like Marshall, many/... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [God and genocide] [Genocide] [hermeneutics]

April 30, 4PM

In his first two lectures Marshall set the scene for the need and possibility of “going beyond the Bible”. In particular he established that we have in fact felt the need to go beyond Scripture, and so showed the need for principled and unders... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [theology] [Evangelical hermeneutics] [hermeneutics] [trajectory hermeneutics]

April 25, 10AM

William Blake: The Ghost of a Flea Prophets and prophecy: the most misunderstood part of OT, “mysterious messengers”. A random chunk from a prophetic book will offer a confusing, seemingly muddled, confusion of vivid picture language. Yet, three simpl... [3 simple rules] [Context] [E100] [Prophets] [reading] [prophet] [Prophets]

April 24, 9AM

Like all good stories, and the Bible is before and after everything else a story, Scripture begins at the beginning. The beginning of everything, and a garden planted by God. Everything falls apart, for humans fall apart, and many of the stories in Script... [Bible in 5 mins] [jesus] [NT] [OT]

April 23, 10AM

In the second lecture, Howard Marshall continues to set the scene. First sketching a dichotomy of ways in which Christians have “gone beyond the Bible” in responding to challenges of ethics, worship, and most strikingly doctrine. Unless the im... [Bible: NT] [theology] [Evangelical hermeneutics] [hermeneutics] [trajectory hermeneutics]

9AM

Contents list from a typical Bible, showing “Books” with their abbreviations and page numbers. The Christian Bible is a big sprawling collection of documents from widely different time periods (roughly the end of the Bronze Age to the Roman em... [Bible in 5 mins] [NT] [OT]

April 21, 12 PM

Bonhoeffer has some hugely stimulating ideas in his discussion of the “fall” story in Genesis 3. Probably none are more stimulating, or easy to fail to grasp as his thought about “conscience” – at least difficult for people f... [Genesis] [theology] [Bonhoeffer] [conscience]

9AM

Act Four by tim via Sans​blogue (#89872)
Yet another interesting Vanhoozer quote. Here he makes very helpful corrections to N.T. Wright’s much quoted five act play (in which the fifth act is missing): [E]ach of the five acts of the theodrama [is] set in motion by a divine act. Hence: creat... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [hermeneutics] [trajectory hermeneutics]

April 20, 6PM

When disciples find themselves in strange new territory, they Will spontaneously extend the pattern. It is but a small step from the notions of performing the world implied by the text and extending the pattern of Jesus Christ to that of improvising with ... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [theology] [Evangelical hermeneutics] [hermeneutics] [performance] [trajectory]

11AM

Vanhoozer and dramatic interpretation I confess. Around the turn of the century I used Kevin Vanhoozer’s brilliant Is There a Meaning in this Text? as a textbook in teaching a postgraduate course on hermeneutics. The book addresses complex ideas, bu... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [theology] [Evangelical hermeneutics] [hermeneutics]

April 19, 9PM

The process of biblical interpretation is itself a means of discipleship. One cannot follow the way without following the way the words go. Kevin Vanhoozer in Gary T. Meadors, Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology. Harper Collins, 2009, 154. ... [Xtras] [hermeneutics] [trajectory] [trajectory hermeneutics] [trajectory theology]

5PM

Howard Marshall’s little book (see previous post)1 is really important. Yet it seems little-known in the circles in which I move. I decided to postpone my promised second post and to do a series briefly summarising Marshall’s work and seeking ... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [theology]

April 18, 9PM

The concept of a trajectory, though the word is a technical one from the science of mechanics, is simple enough. In mechanics it describes the path that an object (like a ball that is thrown or hit) takes. As a metaphor for a hermeneutic process it draws ... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [theology]

1PM

In this second episode about the ‘prosperity gospel’ I turn to questions of love and money. Again I argue that if we think about this claimed good news of prosperity in the light of the Bible it fails. If you have not seen Part 1 it is here. [... [1&2 Corinthians] [Bible abuse] [jesus] [NT]

April 8, 10AM

Wayne Stiles has produced (with a little help from family and friends) an excellent video (first of a series of three) for Passion Week. Well worth the 16 mins to watch. I’ll be using the first few minutes today at church. Passion Week Virtual Tour... [Bible: NT] [Spirituality] [video]

March 31, 12 PM

Jonathan of ξἐνος and of Robinson offers a feast (in five, count ’em, parts) for the regular festival called the Biblioblog Carnival. Although it is April he is apparently mad as a March Hare!? The carnival is full of good stuff, including a l... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [blog]

March 26, 1PM

  I have several times in different forums expressed sadness that ‘our’ (which varies somewhat in its content depending on my context when making the claim, but usually implies NZ Baptists or more widely Evangelicals in NZ) theology of sex and ma... [Gender] [Marriage] [Theology of Gender]

March 5, 8PM

Reading the Bible with a primary interest in history is quite different from reading the Bible to discover what the God of the Bible (for the character ‘God’ is the focus of the Bible). History or Theology, which you are looking for when you d... [reading] [Ancient Texts] [Bible] [canon] [historicity] [history] [theology]

February 12, 2PM

Details in biblical narrative matter. Every detail in biblical narrative is significant. Eric Auerbach’s famous quote about Biblical Narrative being “fraught with background” sounds puzzling. The old-fashioned language doesn’t hel... [Genesis] [Narrative]

February 6, 11AM

Over two generations (mine and my parents), marriage has been redefined. We have done this through changes in divorce law, but even more through changes in attitude. Now marriage is merely a means to fulfillment, it is no longer understood as primarily a ... [Genesis] [Ruth] [Spirituality] [Marriage Week]

December 26 2016, 9AM

All five nations that embraced this high-stakes, outcome-driven form of accountability are still well below expectation and seeking answers, while those nations that maintained traditional, norm-based, competitive examination systems have risen or held th... [education] [teaching]

December 21, 11AM

This is really good, note especially how it stresses the need to craft the thesis statement before the introduction. Whatever you do, when writing your essay do not start at the beginning! [Study skills]

December 7, 6PM

Preamble Among conservatives toleration has become a dangerous word. Spotting the excesses to which the ethos of toleration leads contemporary society they see the need to reject such ideals. They are, at the very least partly, right. Yet when some of my ... [Theology of Gender]

November 22, 3PM

Today I want to turn to those terrible ten claims made by Biblicists.1 My aim is not to discuss whether, or how much, Evangelical scholarship may have been infiltrated by these ideas. Nor am I really trying to answer the question I was asked on Facebook o... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Interpretation] [Teaching Bible]

9AM

Christian Smith (American sociologist of religion, who coined the phrase “moralistic therapeutic Deism”)  published The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture with Brazos Press back in 2011. His list of t... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Interpretation] [Teaching Bible] [video]

November 21, 12 PM

Facebook reminded me that seven years ago today I was at SBL, and discussing then (via Facebook) with Stephen Garner (who was in Auckland) the values and value of such face to face meetings in this time of digital communications. I still rather like this ... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Digital life] [introversion] [#sblaar16] [SBL] [SBL Annual Meeting]

November 16, 8PM

We really think audience respond well to faith‐based action films,” Sprintz explained. “By ‘faith‐based,’ of course, I mean depicting God as a childish, petty tyrant and Moses as an arrogant jerk leading a guerrilla military revolution inste... [Xtras]

October 30, 4PM

Review of Craig S. Keener and John H. Walton, eds., NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan/Spokane, WA: Olive Tree Bible Software, 2016). Comment on 2:6 and start of “sidebar” This review has been affected by circum... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Digital life] [publishing]

October 12, 3PM

For those looking for videos for children that offer reasonably balanced and healthy gender modelling, this post “13 Fabulous Kids’ TV Shows that Pass the Maisy Test and Have Other Great Features, Too” looks to be another great resource from... [Gender] [video]

September 15, 2PM

Michael Pahl apparently posted this a month ago, but somehow it only showed in my reader this morning. I have no time today to comment except to say that Being a Discerning Christian in the Information Age (Or, What to Do When You’re Forwarded That Emai... [Digital life] [education] [Spirituality]

July 31, 6PM

Michael Pahl has an excellent post (a really long one comprising several from his church website) on What is the Bible and how should we read it? The post is simple (any intelligent Christian should have no trouble understanding what he says), profound (m... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Interpretation]

July 18, 5PM

In an excellent post on the Aussie BS blog Mike Bird provides a neat helpful brief summary of things people need to recognise about the Bible. The post should be helpful for both believers and unbelievers alike, potentially dispelling ignorance and supers... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [blog] [Teaching Bible]

June 16, 12 PM

I was grabbed by a question Derek Tovey asked on Facebook. He’s been reading the blurb to Peeter’s edition of Elizabeth B. Tracy, See Me! Hear Me!, Contributions to biblical exegesis and theology 75 (Leuven: Peeters, 2015). The blurb begins wi... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Narrative] [Teaching Bible]

June 15, 4PM

Back in the 20th Century it used to be difficult and expensive for books or websites that seek to explain the Bible to get suitable illustrations (it was even hard to get pictures for classes. For the Hypertext Bible Commentary: Amos “volume” ... [Bible: OT] [publishing] [Teaching Bible]

May 3, 6PM

It’s not yet launched (coming Thursday US time, Friday here) yet from what I’ve heard and seen The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance could be an answer for people looking for a decent, fun game for kids (and the young at heart?) that i... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Digital life]

May 2, 3PM

I am working on some ideas I delivered orally a few years back and at that stage did not finish polishing with a view to publication. Basically the idea is that if we read David’s story as told in Samuel-Kings1 through the optic of his relationship ... [1 Samuel] [1&2 Kings] [history]

April 14, 1PM

Because designers of file formats and Bible software that uses them are print-centric in their thinking I seem to face a choice in envisaging a new generation e-commentary. Either I produce something that accepts the traditional limitations of print, but ... [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Digital life] [Open Source] [publishing] [Teaching Bible]

April 7, 8PM

Over a decade after the peer reviewed citable edition of the Amos commentary was published, and after several false starts and a lot of unproductive work, I am returning to explore the possibilities for e-commentary. One thing that has changed for the bet... [Amos] [Biblical Studies] [Interpretation] [publishing] [Teaching Bible]

March 30, 3PM

I’ve commented before (on Facebook if not here) on how beautiful the “ordinary” North Island scenery on the road (whichever route we take) from Auckland to home1 is. We frequently try to explain to overseas visitors that NZ’s most ... [Spirituality]

March 17, 11AM

Recently my Facebook feed has repeatedly presented me with cartoon pictures that echo the apocalyptic imagery of Revelation, and apply that thinking to the rise and rise of Donald Trump on the US political scene. It is interesting how in even such a deter... [mission] [Revelation] [theology]

February 22, 4PM

Over the years I have posted a few times about introversion. Every now and again someone tries to explain the the Extroverted how much and how deeply Western society is biased against Introverts. The older I have become the more aware of this bias I have ... [introversion]

February 19, 1PM

I’ve not addressed Hebrews before in the 5minuteBible podcasts, and it’s a book I learned to love through studying it while learning Greek… yet one that’s strangely (or not so strangely) unpopular today… The post Hebrews: the... [Bible books] [Culture] [Hebrews]

10AM

We are all1 deluged with more email than we can easily deal with (at least when we are busy with ‘real life’). This problem becomes much more accute for ‘distance students’. As well as the usual special offers not to miss, uncle To... [Digital life] [Study skills]

February 18, 8PM

It’s a war zone When a service is overworked (like a hospital in a war zone) incoming tasks (patients) need to be prioritised. That way the most urgent get dealt with first, and the less urgent are left till there is time. For many people today our ... [Digital life] [Study skills]

February 17, 10PM

I love you note (photo by jtbrennan) In this podcast I’ll suggest that noticing the importance of why we read Scripture can help clarify at least the theological question about the genocide of the Canaanites. Listen to my previous two posts for more... [Genocide]
I love you note (photo by jtbrennan) In this podcast I’ll suggest that noticing the importance of why we read Scripture can help clarify at least the theological question about the genocide of the Canaanites. Listen to my previous two posts for more... [Genocide]

4PM

Back since before we produced PodBible (( The idea for PodBible was stimulated by a desire to help a generation who read little, but listened to MP3s a lot, to “read” the Bible. )) I have been concerned with falling rates of Bible reading amon... [Audio] [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Digital life] [family] [Preaching] [theology]

February 9, 12 AM

When I was a child, well not a child exactly but when I had enjoyed less than half the lifespan I now look back on, I thought as a child, and I dreamed of being a systematic theologian. But (through a series of ‘accidents’) God called me to be... [theology] [Training pastors]

February 3, 8PM

I have been forwarded a copy of the email the Society for Biblical Literature sent to its members about moving the Review of Biblical Literature into its members-only space.1 I will comment on that email here, trying to point out why I see this as a signi... [Biblical Studies] [education] [Justice]

February 2, 11PM

Listening to your work The first step in proofing your work is to check it for sense and flow. While one can try to do this by looking at the text, it is much better done by listening. Listening to a computer interpret what you have written is especially ... [Study skills]

January 31, 4AM

Here is this month’s1  Biblical Studies Carnival (the 120th of its ilk, two of the previous carnivals were hosted at Sansblogue: Carnival LXXIX September 2012; Carnival XXII September 2007)2 I am calling this special anniversary edition the Never M... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies]

January 28, 6PM

Mark is the first (probably) and shortest gospel. Yet it is full of tension and ends (if we accept the short ending as most likely original) mysteriously. Mark provides the key to the gospel in his introduction. After listening to this five minute introdu... [Bible books] [Mark]
Mark is the first (probably) and shortest gospel. Yet it is full of tension and ends (if we accept the short ending as most likely original) mysteriously. Mark provides the key to the gospel in his introduction. After listening to this five minute introdu... [Bible books] [Mark]

January 25, 10PM

Hi, I have collected an ecclectic bunch of posts from here and there for the January carnival. But, like all carnival editors, I’d be glad to hear your nominations. Especially I do not have “enough” non-US or non-White or non-Male posts,... [Xtras]

December 11 2015, 8AM

Who is the lost son? (Photo by kevindooley) Way back, at the turn of the century, I wrote an article for  Festschrift volume: Tim Bulkeley, “Where do you read.” in Mission without Christendom: exploring the site, essays for Brian Smith (Carey... [reading] [Luke]
Who is the lost son? (Photo by kevindooley) Way back, at the turn of the century, I wrote an article for  Festschrift volume: Tim Bulkeley, “Where do you read.” in Mission without Christendom: exploring the site, essays for Brian Smith (Carey... [Luke] [reading]

December 9, 7PM

I have many friends (and respect their theological accumen) who are calvinist (some with bigger some with smaller Cs). For me two of the main foundations of my theology forbid me the comfort of that neat system: The experience of total depravity – ... [theology]

1PM

The battle is over, modernity won, but guerilla Bible readers still fight back. The battle for the Bible was over before war was even declared. Modernity won the battle, and people today (both Christians and Atheists) read Scripture using modern categorie... [Interpretation] [Teaching Bible] [Bible: OT] [Bible: NT]

December 8, 5PM

Today has been a day for Facebook.1 The results have been interesting. Following a Skype meeting I joined another Facebook “gated community” (you know one of those “closed groups” that is closed so people can say things freely with... [Digital life]

December 6, 9PM

Rembrandt (1606–1669) Sacrifice of Isaac (Wikimedia) Usually I try to present the ideas in these podcasts so that anyone can understand. However, this time if you cannot read Scripture except in translation and you have not learned to use an interlinear... [characterisation] [Genesis] [humour] [Narrative] [Abraham] [akeda] [binding of isaac] [Gen 22] [Isaac] [sacrifice of isaac]
Rembrandt (1606–1669) Sacrifice of Isaac (Wikimedia) Usually I try to present the ideas in these podcasts so that anyone can understand. However, this time if you cannot read Scripture except in translation and you have not learned to use an interlinear... [characterisation] [Genesis] [humour] [Narrative] [Abraham] [akeda] [binding of isaac] [Gen 22] [Isaac] [sacrifice of isaac]

December 1, 3PM

Misty mountains, southern olympics by Julie Olson We looked at this passage in class last week. I’ve based this podcast on my own very literal translation (so as to make spotting how if works easier). The translation with a couple of explanatory no... [Jeremiah]
Misty mountains, southern olympics by Julie Olson We looked at this passage in class last week. I’ve based this podcast on my own very literal translation (so as to make spotting how if works easier). The translation with a couple of explanatory no... [Jeremiah]

November 26, 9PM

This sermon used to be available on the Carey You Tube, or on a DVD. Then it went missing. Now it’s back :) [Song of Songs]

November 16, 6PM

The HonorShame blog is always worth a read, but the latest post is topical as well as illuminating The Gospel of ISIS puts atrocities and tragedies like those in Kenya, Beirut and Paris into a useful frame. [Xtras]

November 12, 2PM

In some Bible passages, as atheists and others who want to avoid the claims of God are quick to point out, God sounds like a Dalek. Deut 7:2 is a typical case. When the LORD your God hands these nations over to you and you conquer them, you must completel... [Context] [Deuteronomy] [Genocide]
In some Bible passages, as atheists and others who want to avoid the claims of God are quick to point out, God sounds like a Dalek. Deut 7:2 is a typical case. When the LORD your God hands these nations over to you and you conquer them, you must completel... [Context] [Deuteronomy] [Genocide]

November 10, 6PM

The Grand Palabre of the Baptist Union of a small and insignificant island nation (that most readers of Sansblogue will think is a merely a province of Gondwanaland) took a landmark decision recently. Their exhaustive and exhausting process involved a wor... [Xtras]

2PM

Yeah, right! (Photo by swanksalot) Well,the end of the world has passed, again That’s the second time this year! It is the Bible that causes all the problems. or rather it is bad reading of the Bible that causes all the problems. No book is more co... [Context] [Revelation]

November 6, 6PM

My post “Prophets and prediction: when conservatism and Bible clash” generated some interesting discussion, it almost felt like the good old days when blogging was on the frontier and people actually conversed with each other. Thank you all so... [Prophets] [foretelling] [forthtelling] [prediction] [Prophecy]

November 4, 3PM

People hate to write Most people hate writing. Even professional writers suffer from “writers’ block”, a combination of symptoms that lead to them doing anything else except actually write. Students with assignments do not have the luxur... [Study skills] [Writing] [Xtras]

November 2, 9PM

Jeremiah by Michaelangelo from the Sistine Chapel roof (Wikimedia) Sorry this podcast is firstly out of order (it should have come before the last confession and then late (it should also have come a while back but I’ve been busy trying to get a pa... [Arguing with God] [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [confessions of Jeremiah] [Jeremiah]
Jeremiah by Michaelangelo from the Sistine Chapel roof (Wikimedia) Sorry this podcast is firstly out of order (it should have come before the last confession and then late (it should also have come a while back but I’ve been busy trying to get a pa... [Arguing with God] [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [confessions of Jeremiah] [Jeremiah]

October 16, 8PM

I love old hymns. They are so often full of such deep theology.  I love the eucharist, I need the grace that this sacrament transmits. A couple of us had a stimulating Facebook conversation about the riches of those old hymns. For me “old” he... [Bible abuse] [Interpretation] [Teaching Bible] [theology]

October 13, 10PM

In this post I will examine and criticise a passage from Alec Motyer’s writing on the Old Testament prophets.  I do this not because I think Motyer is a poor scholar, but because I find his presentation an interesting example of how even the most c... [1&2 Kings] [Amos] [Jonah] [Prophets] [foretelling] [forthtelling] [prediction] [Prophecy]

October 1, 7PM

A couple of issues recently have raised the question of when and why Christians might exclude others from the Church. One issue arose when I was to address a combined churches group (in an overseas context) and one or two influential people looked at my 5... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Spirituality]

September 27, 3PM

“Starsinthesky” by ESA/Hubble. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Starsinthesky.jpg#/media/File:Starsinthesky.jpg (edited) I confess, I have never really read the famous “Chicago Statemen... [Bible abuse] [Bible: OT] [Interpretation] [Teaching Bible]

September 23, 2AM

While I have been away fromn home, and so busier than usual, Brian Harris has started a blog. Since Brian is a clear, creative thinker with a sense of humour his blog is well worth following. I have not read all his posts – I’m sure I could fi... [Spirituality] [theology] [Training pastors]

September 20, 11AM

Literature search The first step to a good essay is a “literature search”. The goal of this, whether conducted with the aid of an academic library or in the wild with “merely” the Internet to help, is two-fold: to get an overview of the topic and... [reading] [Study skills] [Writing] [writing an essay]

September 18, 7PM

Yesterday I was given two books, both of which I really want to read (neither biblical or theological). Today I read Scott McKnight’s review of Brian Harris’ new book The Big Picture: Building Blocks of a Christian World View (Paternoster, 201... [theology]

8AM

Photo by Jim Legans, Jr Offering a course, and preparing the material and then having no students enroll is not an outcome any teacher desires.Add in the bonus that the course was being offered is about 19h and 55mins from home, and the situation seems se... [Biblical Studies] [publishing] [Teaching Bible] [Training pastors] [video]

September 12, 11PM

Many Old Testament stories in the history books seem to have no message but that human-beings are broken and need mending, are sinful and therefore keep spoiling God’s lovely world and hurting each other! Then along comes this story to remind us of anot... [1 Samuel]
Many Old Testament stories in the history books seem to have no message but that human-beings are broken and need mending, are sinful and therefore keep spoiling God’s lovely world and hurting each other! Then along comes this story to remind us of anot... [1 Samuel]

September 11, 10AM

Well this has been a roller-coaster of a 24hr day. First it seemed that 1 Samuel and the delights of biblical story-telling were so unattractive, or I am, that there might be no students for my class (the journey is worth it though, as Barbara has a big c... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Interpretation] [Teaching Bible] [video]

September 6, 10PM

Our visit to the Baldwins was a great experience. It’s a small town, off the tourist trails, mainly serving the rural sector. The nearest “attraction” is 26Kms away, and has been there for a very long time – dinosaur footprints. There are very... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [land of the Bible]

September 1, 6PM

Other unnoticed women from the early chapters of Genesis include the “daughters of humanity/daughters of the man” in Gen 6:2. This little passage is mysterious and difficult. It is packed with problems.. Starting at the beginning we have to as... [Genesis]

August 30, 4PM

Between teaching an intensive class to students from a dozen ethnicities and nearly as many countries, and exploring the beautiful scenery in the Cordilleras of North Luzon (photos attached to make you envious) I have been too busy to post properly here (... [Bible: OT] [Genesis] [Teaching Bible]
Photo by Chicago Man Perhaps no Bible text illustrates the dangers of a simplistic reading of Scripture than 1 Cor 14:34. If we tear this verse from its cotext,1 and then read it as if the Bible were “God’s instruction manual for life” a... [1&2 Corinthians] [Context] [Gender] [Textual Criticism]

10AM

Traces of the 16 and 12 characters of the two Wadi el-Hol inscriptions (Wikipedia) Five years ago I linked to a post by Chris Rollston The Probable Inventors of the First Alphabet:Semites Functioning as rather High Status Personnel in a Component of the E... [Archaeology] [Bible: OT] [languages] [alphabet] [literacy] [Writing]

August 21, 3PM

Among the women in Scripture we glide over and miss thinking about, what about poor Mrs Noah? Eve gets discussed ad nauseam often asking whether her share of the blame for the first sin is bigger than her mate’s, Cain’s wife gets asked about a... [Gender] [Genesis]

August 19, 11PM

On Facebook Robyn Mellar-Smith responding to Lindy Jacomb’s guest post at Sacraparental promised to post about a woman from the Bible every day for a week. I doubt I’ll manage that, we are finishing teaching and beginning travelling… Bu... [Gender] [Interpretation] [Luke]

August 15, 5PM

Here’s an old post, with now a screencast format and somewhat cleaned up audio. I briefly remind you of some of the passages that picture God as a midwife. The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) regularly pictures Yahweh as intimately associated with form... [Gender] [Genesis] [Jeremiah] [Job] [OT] [Psalms] [theology] [Jeremiah]

July 31, 10PM

As Peter Enns gets towards the end of the journey in his little book he moves beyond the strict topic to some wonderful advice for Christians reading the Bible, and how we should relate to other Christians who perhaps disagree with our interpretation. It ... [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [reading] [Teaching Bible]

July 29, 12 AM

For the Introduction to the Old Testament I am teaching at APTS one of the set books students must read is: Peter Enns. Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005. I do not intend... [Bible abuse] [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Interpretation]

July 25, 12 PM

Later today we head off for our big trip, back at the end of September. Before leaving as well as all the other things I got finished (or failed to do :( I finished reading Rudyard Kipling’s collection of war journalism from 1915 France at War: On t... [Audio] [Librivox] [Open Source] [Rudyard Kipling] [World War One] [WW1]

July 21, 11AM

If I only followed one blog it would have to be Richard Beck’s Experimental Theology, I have enjoyed and benefited from it for years. The format/genre of his most recent post is almost poetry as he tells a story of love. As (almost) always well wor... [Marriage]

July 16, 11AM

I could not think of a good title for this post, not least because it has no content except to link to Peter Morton’s excellent post: “When Leaders Fall“. In it, responding to the fall of another “successful” pastor, Peter wi... [Training pastors]

July 15, 8PM

Here’s a short screencast to show how STEP Bible can help you see how the word “see” steps us through 1 Samuel 16. [1 Samuel] [bible software]
Here’s a short screencast to show how STEP Bible can help you see how the word “see” steps us through 1 Samuel 16. The post Free Bible software and seeing in 1 Sam 16 appeared first on 5 minute Bible. [1 Samuel] [bible software]

July 14, 8PM

This networked socially-mediated world is fascinating. Despite all the shallowness (e.g. people “liking” a post that speaks of mass deaths of Rohingya refugees while knowing little of the horrific facts of their tragedy), I also get to see deeper insi... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [languages] [Open Source] [Training pastors]

July 6, 7PM

Discussion among Christians (especially Christians who found their faith on Scripture) of “gay marriage” have been bitter and acrimonious. This issue cuts deep. There are of course for some participants personal reasons why this issue is emoti... [Marriage]

June 24, 10PM

Jim West has (with the help of a local) provided a list of cheaper hotels for people going to SBL but on a less generous budget. If that is you hop over and take a look. I always found places at 1/3-1/2 the price of the “official” ones and usu... [Biblical Studies]

June 19, 12 PM

I have been reading Bob MacDonald’s recently published novel Seen from the Street: A Love Story from the first century. It is a historical novel about love and the origins of Christianity within Judaism in the years around and after the life and dea... [Bible: NT] [reading] [Writing]

11AM

Refugee for a day (or two) When Mobutu’s tyrannical kleptocracy in Zaire (now again Congo) began to fall apart, when people were desperate because they could not buy medicines or schooling for their children, the parachute regiment captured the airp... [Burma/Myanmar] [Personal]

June 15, 2PM

I have not yet pointed to the series of posts on The Tri-une God and Motherhood by kbonikowsky at The Happy Surprise, I should. They are very good, offering a careful, gentle presentation of the topic. .One of the things I like is that she approaches the ... [Gender] [God as mother]

June 5, 4PM

This post tells how the generals are up to their very old “divide and conquer, and then, if that doesn’t work, clamp down hard” tricks. Sad! Did I expect any different? No. But hope remains… [Xtras]

June 2, 9PM

Sunday School, and most of our quick summaries of the contents of the Bible present Exodus as telling the story of how God frees Israelite slaves from the powers of Egypt. But, a closer look at the book shows that’s just half the story! Here we̵... [Bible books] [Exodus]
Sunday School, and most of our quick summaries of the contents of the Bible present Exodus as telling the story of how God frees Israelite slaves from the powers of Egypt. But, a closer look at the book shows that’s just half the story! Here we̵... [Bible books] [Exodus]

May 27, 4PM

This is just a test post, I apologise to readers using RSS feeds, but I really want to get a system working so comments can be shared between the blog and Facebook.   By commenting on this either on Facebook or on the website you will help me test my... [Xtras]

May 25, 4PM

For work I am doing on the “confessions of Jeremiah” I need two sorts of help. I need help because here in the hills between Rotorua and Tauranga I library resources are limited to a journal database and Google books (plus Archive.org): Peopl... [Complaint] [Jeremiah]

May 20, 12 AM

I had an unexpected visit from a friend this evening. Among the wide-ranging and inspiring (as well as depressing since we talked of the plight of the Rohingya) topics we addressed was the question facing the Baptist Churches of NZ of what to do faced wit... [Deuteronomy] [Mark] [Marriage] [Matthew]

May 18, 10PM

There probably is no other book of the Bible that has so much nonsense taught and preached “from” it. So I will use two five minute slots to introduce this “difficult” book. In this session I’ll talk about how NOT to read Rev... [Bible books] [Revelation]
There probably is no other book of the Bible that has so much nonsense taught and preached “from” it. So I will use two five minute slots to introduce this “difficult” book. In this session I’ll talk about how NOT to read Rev... [Bible books] [Revelation]

4PM

Paul bases his teaching about sex and marriage on Genesis. As usual, he is in some ways less of a dreamer and more down to earth than Jesus. His argument does that if sex makes two “one flesh”, then sex outside marriage would make you one fles... [Gender] [Marriage]

3PM

I realise I have not posted here about our travel plans for later this year. We will be visiting and teaching in (at least)1 two places: View across the hills near Baguio – envy us! Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio Philippines. Where Barb... [1 Samuel] [Bible: OT] [Teaching Bible] [Training pastors]

May 17, 10PM

Eleven years ago today my feed reader led me to to a magnificent post on Paleojudaica. it explores alternate histories of the Python movie Life of Brian as well as biblical studies related themes, like the nature of canon, memory and history… Eleven... [Xtras]

3PM

God created us as sexual beings, and the Bible accepts our sexuality, but sex is not an end in itself. The Bible rejects sex for its own sake – the separation of sexual pleasure-seeking from partnership and marriage. Genesis Two describes the creato... [Gender] [Marriage]

May 16, 3PM

Christianity (as an “organised religion”) has often been against sex. Celibacy has been seen (following especially some hints in Paul’s letters) as better than marriage, which has been seen as a way to make sex all right because, and ins... [Gender] [Interpretation] [Marriage] [Song of Songs]

May 15, 6PM

I hope (yesterday) we established that God likes sex. Now we need to also recognise that sex is dynamite, and marriage is an unstable cocktail of explosive emotions. Yet God designed sex to be fun and to be fulfilling. God designed it to be making love to... [Gender] [Marriage] [Xtras]

May 14, 6PM

A conversation on Facebook recently reminded me of my concern that Christians are not speaking enough about the joys of sex and marriage. We get caught so often, warning people about the dangers, that we get painted into the corner that makes people – e... [Gender] [Interpretation] [Marriage] [Teaching Bible]

5PM

The men illustrating the Ha’aretz report (above) were NOT “covering their feet”.  In conversation on Bob’s blog, related to my post below about foot as a possible euphemism for male genitals in the Bible, he points out that ther... [1 Samuel] [Judges] [Xtras]

May 12, 10PM

[Back when I was new to Facebook, I did not know how to bring blog posts into this (then) new (to me) medium. So I began posting some posts on Facebook. This was the very first, and I still rather like it :) ] Sean the Baptist has a post ‘And ... [Bible: OT] [blog] [Interpretation] [languages]

5PM

I am convinced that alongside (but poorly if at all correlated with) the personality dimension Introversion-Extroversion is another I think of as “Performer”. I am highly introverted, but love standing talking to an audience. By contrast I kno... [Audio] [Children's stories] [introversion] [Librivox]

May 11, 2PM

Just four chapters, here’s a story without violence or even conflict, a simple everyday tale of country folk, yet Ruth grips hearers is loved by everyone and carries profound theological messages, that echo into the books before and after Ruth in th... [Bible books] [Ruth]
Just four chapters, here’s a story without violence or even conflict, a simple everyday tale of country folk, yet Ruth grips hearers is loved by everyone and carries profound theological messages, that echo into the books before and after Ruth in th... [Bible books] [Ruth]

May 5, 4PM

Mark Driscoll spoke at a leadership conference recently. He began with the sad story of his family’s experience during and after the events that led to his ministry at Mars Hill ending in shame and the closure of the church. This story is sad and my... [Bible abuse] [Xtras]

May 3, 5PM

Since Mothers’ Day is fast approaching, I’ve been delighted to hear of two pastors who are planning to make sure some of the motherly or other female imagery used in Scripture gets a mention. Mothers’ day is always a sensitive occasion, ... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [God as mother]

April 29, 8PM

e-book Almost all the fiction I read is now e-books, both purchased and from the lending library. They are in epub format. Neither the format nor the hardware are brilliant, but they do allow hypertext features and even web searches at a speed that is jus... [Digital life] [publishing] [reading]

April 27, 5PM

The chronology of ancient kingdoms amended: to which is prefix’d, a short chronicle from the first memory of things in Europe, to the conquest of Persia by Alexander the Great: with three plates of the temple of Solomon / by Sir Isaac Newton. Dublin... [Ezra] [humour]
The chronology of ancient kingdoms amended: to which is prefix’d, a short chronicle from the first memory of things in Europe, to the conquest of Persia by Alexander the Great: with three plates of the temple of Solomon / by Sir Isaac Newton. Dublin... [Ezra] [humour]

April 19, 7PM

My earlier podcast: The last Confession of Jeremiah: Jeremiah 20: Yahweh seduces his prophet I simply assumed the translation seduce” for patah But “seduce” is not a translation favoured by English translations. I dealt with this issue b... [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [confessions] [confessions of Jeremiah]
My earlier podcast: The last Confession of Jeremiah: Jeremiah 20: Yahweh seduces his prophet I simply assumed the translation seduce” for patah But “seduce” is not a translation favoured by English translations. I dealt with this issue b... [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [confessions] [confessions of Jeremiah]

April 17, 2AM

Chris Chamberlain is an interesting guy (see the neat short description at the top of the post I’m linking to). He was taken to Israel and the “Occupied Territories” recently with TEAR Fund. His reflections on Facebook were so good that ... [Xtras]

April 15, 6PM

Jeremiah gets more personal in his complaints, but his “conversation” with YHWH still seems to shut out any response… curiouser and curiouser… and which ending will you choose of this series?\ This screencast is part of a series on... [characterisation] [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [Complaint] [confession] [confessions of Jeremiah] [Jer 20] [Lament]
Jeremiah gets more personal in his complaints, but his “conversation” with YHWH still seems to shut out any response… curiouser and curiouser… and which ending will you choose of this series? This screencast is part of a series on ... [characterisation] [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [Complaint] [confession] [confessions of Jeremiah] [Jer 20] [Lament]

April 10, 12 PM

Richard Beck’s meditation “Unpublished: Faith as Hallowing” in which he suggests that faith can/should we considered as the practice of hallowing (making holy: marking out certain actions, things or people as special and revered), put me... [Spirituality]

April 9, 2PM

Several recent conversations (online and face to face) in my circles involve applying the Bible to contemporary social issues. The latest is a very long-standing one in Western churches if there are particular roles for men and for women in family and chu... [Bible abuse] [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Gender] [Interpretation]

April 8, 7PM

Almost twenty years ago I wrote a series of short pieces for the NZ Baptist on gender roles and relationships. The issue remains a hot one. So I thought I’d repeat the article on “submission” here. I may give it context by repeating othe... [Bible: NT] [Gender] [Interpretation]

12 PM

Recently I pointed to the very best book offer ever, the Logos edition of Childs’ masterly Isaiah with all the added features of the e-edition quite free. Today an offer that the next best thing, David Kerr is creative and provocative, but he’... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [blog] [Digital life] [publishing]

April 3, 10AM

If you don’t mind your scholarship mixed with faith, and some of us would have it no other way, George Athas is a blogger to follow. Hos latest post Why did Jesus die? is particularly good – and just right for this in between day. Do read it,... [Bible: NT]

April 1, 10AM

I thought it was an April Fool’s joke, they are always a bit behind the times in the USA, Logos is giving away Childs’ massive Isaiah commentary for free! It’s no joke, they are! Sorry about the exclamation marks, but Childs’ is a ... [Isaiah]

March 31, 6PM

Blog posts get less editing and polishing than other forms of writing, I think I may have failed to make my point clearly in the preceding post. So I will make it concisely here, see the other post for background and explanations. Many people do not suit ... [Digital life] [education] [teaching]
Christopher B. Hays commented on Facebook on a post “The End of College? Not So Fast” by Donald E. Heller. These posts and the comments prompted this reflection on my own experience. The Chronicle of Higher Education post also suggested my tit... [Digital life] [education] [teaching] [Teaching Bible]

4PM

Not what either Zedekiah the prophet or a real Viking would wear, but it is funny (photo by dionhinchcliffe) The strange, and strangely disturbing story of Micaiah ben Imlah in 2 Chronicles 18 which repeats very closely its source in 1 Kings 221 it ticks ... [2 Chronicles] [humour]
Not what either Zedekiah the prophet or a real Viking would wear, but it is funny (photo by dionhinchcliffe) The strange, and strangely disturbing story of Micaiah ben Imlah in 2 Chronicles 18 which repeats very closely its source in 1 Kings 221 it ticks ... [2 Chronicles] [humour]

March 30, 2PM

Jim West has announced a PDF edition of his Bible commentaries, all of them (including the forthcoming ones, assuming Jim lives to complete them, which is to be expected and hoped) for just US$199. As he says considering the work involved this is a slende... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT]

March 29, 5PM

I caught myself in some theological snobbery yesterday. We had a promo for Blello.tv (which looks to be a fine resource for children) and in the course of it they took the account of Jeremiah’s call and applied it to everyone. Before I formed you in... [Interpretation] [Jeremiah] [Teaching Bible]

4PM

Much of the Old Testament is set in the Judean Hills, and much of the Gospels in the hills of Galilee. Life in the hills is more varied with a mix of shepherding and agriculture. [geography]
Much of the Old Testament is set in the Judean Hills, and much of the Gospels in the hills of Galilee. Life in the hills is more varied with a mix of shepherding and agriculture. The post Land of the Bible: The Judean Hills appeared first on 5 minute Bibl... [geography]

March 26, 10PM

This podcast aims to show you where Nazareth was situated, and why as real estate agents love to say location matters. The helicopter footage has been generously supplied by PreservingBibleTimes from their most useful resources. [geography] [John] [Luke] [Mark] [Matthew] [Revelation]
View of hill near Nazareth and Jezreel Valley, Mt Tabor in background This podcast aims to show you where Nazareth was situated, and why as real estate agents love to say location matters. The helicopter footage has been generously supplied by PreservingB... [geography] [John] [Luke] [Mark] [Matthew] [Revelation]

March 25, 12 PM

The venerable (I think it is the longest-running religious periodical in NZ) Baptist has had a makeover for 2015.No longer newsprint, and with a web edition that looks pretty good. The trouble is most of the writers are (to put it politely) experienced,... [blog] [Digital life] [publishing] [theology] [Writing]

10AM

The series of which this “volume” is a part has an ambitious but mixed goal: The series is designed to be a research tool. Each guide presents a wide range of interpretive issues raised by Bible scholars. These resources meet the needs of those studyi... [Biblical Studies] [Digital life] [Genesis] [Justice] [mission] [publishing] [Teaching Bible]

March 23, 7PM

The photo above shows the countryside near where we were first offered rat to eat :) The issue of “mission trips”, and the appropriateness of this arrogant terminology, has been raised again in the circles I frequent on Facebook. I’ve ai... [Xtras]

6PM

For my latest video in the Land of the Bible series we visit the Jezreel Valley. The focus of the video is on Megiddo (as the site that has more Iron Age remains for the visitor to see). Tel Megiddo with its massive gate complex, large palace and associat... [1&2 Kings] [Archaeology] [Teaching Bible] [video]
In this episode we visit two city sites in the Jezreel Valley, Megiddo (with a wealth of archaeological features) illustrates a major royal centre of power, and the smaller Jezreel a royal palace and capital. These visits will lead to a consideration of s... [Archaeology] [Context] [geography]
In this episode we visit two city sites in the Jezreel Valley, Megiddo (with a wealth of archaeological features) illustrates a major royal centre of power, and the smaller Jezreel a royal palace and capital. These visits will lead to a consideration of s... [Archaeology] [Context] [geography]

March 20, 12 PM

Syrian Goddess figure (possibly Anat from Walters Art Museum , via Wikimedia Commons A post at Carpe Scriptura “1 Kings 18: Battle of the Bulls”  highlights a problem for online biblical studies, there are no easily available translations of ... [1&2 Kings] [Archaeology] [Biblical Studies] [Teaching Bible]

March 16, 6PM

In this video we visit the Wadi Qelt, the gorge that cuts down into the steep Judean Hills and so provided a passable route in ancient times between Jericho (in the Jordan Valley and Jerusalem in the hills). We’ll begin near the Ein Prat (Prat Sprin... [geography] [Luke] [Psalms] [Psalm 23]
In this video we visit the Wadi Qelt, the gorge that cuts down into the steep Judean Hills and so provided a passable route in ancient times between Jericho (in the Jordan Valley and Jerusalem in the hills). We’ll begin near the Ein Prat (Prat Sprin... [geography] [Luke] [Psalms] [Psalm 23]

March 9, 6PM

The Jordan Valley forms part of the great rift in the earth’s surface that reaches down to the middle of Africa. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth. The Jordan Valley forms both a psychological and a physical barrier for crossing into the lan... [Context] [land of the Bible]
The Jordan Valley forms part of the great rift in the earth’s surface that reaches down to the middle of Africa. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth. The Jordan Valley forms both a psychological and a physical barrier for crossing into the lan... [Context] [land of the Bible]

March 4, 9PM

Well, five years ago I returned to the issue of machine translation, having addressed it five years earlier, when a firm offered on the fly translation for my website. So it is almost time for a reprise.1 In 2005 I tested the service I was offered and fou... [Digital life] [translation] [Machine Translation]

March 3, 3PM

I have added another chapter to my readings from Winnie-the-Pooh. “In which Christopher Robin leads an Expotition to the North Pole” naturally if you live in Canada, NZ and various other countries with enlightened copyright laws it is quite le... [Audio] [Children's stories] [Digital life] [Open Source] [Winnie-the-Pooh]

March 2, 8PM

The book of Jonah is interesting in a number of ways, not least how it continually subverts our expectations. It is found among the prophetic books (in both Hebrew and Greek canons) yet contains only five words that we could classify as prophetic speech. ... [humour] [Jonah] [humour in the Bible]

4PM

Larger babies are sometimes refered to ironically as “the baby elephant” (photo by silentcow) The prayer of Jabez was wildly popular a few years back among voguish Christians worried about the lack of obvious and excess prosperity in their liv... [1 Chronicles] [humour]
Larger babies are sometimes refered to ironically as “the baby elephant” (photo by silentcow) The prayer of Jabez was wildly popular a few years back among voguish Christians worried about the lack of obvious and excess prosperity in their liv... [1 Chronicles] [humour]

March 1, 8PM

The third short summary video, in this series, focuses on the Shephelah (foothills between the hill country and the plains). I’ll stress that it is liminal territory, a boundary region that ideas and armies must cross. We look at Tel Azeka and the E... [geography] [land of the Bible]
The third short summary video, in this series, focuses on the Shephelah (foothills between the hill country and the plains). I’ll stress that it is liminal territory, a boundary region that ideas and armies must cross. We look at Tel Azeka and the E... [geography] [land of the Bible]

February 26, 4PM

Richard Bauckham (University of St Andrews) gave the 2014 Burns Lectures at the University of Otago. The podcast MP3 or MP41 Titled “The Sons of Zebedee: The Lives of Two Galilean Fishers”, the lectures (at least so far, I am finishing #2 as I... [Bible: NT] [Luke] [Mark] [Matthew] [Teaching Bible]

February 24, 2PM

Continuing our introduction to how geography helps shape the Bible story, and understanding the lie of the land can illuminate Bible stories we consider where the roads ran. The lie of the land (avoiding steep hillsides and deserts) determines the directi... [geography] [land]
Continuing our introduction to how geography helps shape the Bible story, and understanding the lie of the land can illuminate Bible stories we consider where the roads ran. The lie of the land (avoiding steep hillsides and deserts) determines the directi... [geography] [land of the Bible]

February 18, 4PM

Beginning by considering humour in narrative texts is an attempt to deal with what is probably the most straightforward case first. In everyday life we perceive certain events as funny. When recounting such events we tell them in ways that highlight their... [humour] [Interpretation] [humour in the Bible]

February 15, 9PM

First video in a new series I plan to prepare for a series of sessions I am doing at church on the boring sounding (but actually enthralling and exciting) topic of the geography of the land where the Bible stories happened. The goal of the series is to br... [geography]
First video in a new series I plan to prepare for a series of sessions I am doing at church on the boring sounding (but actually enthralling and exciting) topic of the geography of the land where the Bible stories happened. The goal of the series is to br... [geography] [land of the Bible]

February 11, 6PM

The attempt to investigate humour in the Bible is even more impacted by the differences of time, place and above all culture that make most biblical interpretation less than straightforward. For recognising, let alone understanding, humour across cultural... [humour] [Interpretation] [humour in the Bible]

February 4, 10AM

Dieter Zander was on top of the “Christian world”, pastor and music minister at Willow Creek. A stroke ended all that, unable to speak clearly, Dieter now works as a janitor at Trader Joe’s. Here’s his new story: [Spirituality]

February 3, 6PM

Writing is dangerous. Readers often misunderstand. #SensibleSentencing can help. Short simple sentences are easier. I have been marking. Some student essays are a joy to read. Some are full of long complicated sentences and I am left guessing what the wr... [education] [Study skills] [Writing]

2PM

In any writing or other communication, project where you start is really important. Most losses of audience occur near the start. For this reason I’ve always been puzzled by how common it is to begin Introduction to the Old Testament books and cour... [Bible: OT] [Digital life] [Teaching Bible] [ootle15]

February 1, 7PM

Elijah the Tishbite was a “lord of hair” (photo by JD Hancock) Since Google suggests the first chapter of 2 Kings is humorous I’ll measure it against the criteria. It meets most (but not all) which i think makes it clear this passage is ... [2 Kings] [humour]
Elijah the Tishbite was a “lord of hair” (photo by JD Hancock) Since Google suggests the first chapter of 2 Kings is humorous I’ll measure it against the criteria. It meets most (but not all) which i think makes it clear this passage is ... [2 Kings] [humour]

January 29, 6PM

I have just signed up for Ootle15. This is an open (as in anyone and as in free) learning event/course organised by Brooke Lester (a creative and interesting blogger and OT teacher with special interests and responsibilities for online learning. If you f... [Bible: OT] [Digital life] [Teaching Bible] [ootle15]

January 28, 9PM

The simplest useful definition of humour has to be: “Humour is present when people laugh”. However, this simplicity masks real problems. For a start as we saw people laugh for other reasons than just that something is funny, embarrassment and... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [humour] [humour in the Bible]

7PM

New website by tim via Sans​blogue (#48435)
The NZ Baptist Magazine has a new website. It looks good, and looks interesting. This is a good start. I have not played with it enough to see how easy it is to find something interesting (except that several of my articles are currently on display ;) It... [Xtras]

January 27, 2PM

Pulpit Bible by contemplativechristian Jeremiah’s third confession is a monologue, mainly (or all, depending where we think it starts) addressed to God. Complaint is the dominant tone, and Jeremiah asks for vengeance on his opponents. So this text r... [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [confession] [confessions of Jeremiah] [God] [Jeremiah] [scripture] [Word of God] [Yahweh] [Yhwh]
Jeremiah’s third confession is a monologue, mainly (or all, depending where we think it starts) addressed to God. Complaint is the dominant tone, and Jeremiah asks for vengeance on his opponents. So this text raises interesting questions about the n... [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [confession] [confessions of Jeremiah] [God] [Jeremiah] [scripture] [Word of God] [Yahweh] [Yhwh]

January 26, 6PM

Theories of humour are generally classified under three approaches1 Superiority Incongruity Relief Superiority Perhaps the majority of classical philosophers who considered humour at any depth had the cutting humour of satire and the like significantly ... [Biblical] [humour] [humour in the Bible]

January 22, 8PM

Humour’s bad rap Humour has not been popular with intellectuals in the Western world. From Plato and the Bible until quite recently their focus seems to have rested more on sharp cutting humour than on gentler wit. The overpowering loss of control t... [humour]

7PM

Image of Elijah (on Mt Carmel, photo by brett.wagner) Idols, “gods” that people make! The very idea of making a god is one of those notions that almost have to reduce you to tears (whether of laughter or sadness and desperation depends on the ... [1 Kings] [humour]
Image of Elijah (on Mt Carmel, photo by brett.wagner) Idols, “gods” that people make! The very idea of making a god is one of those notions that almost have to reduce you to tears (whether of laughter or sadness and desperation depends on the ... [1 Kings] [humour]

January 21, 4PM

Writing the post yesterday on Jesus’ humour drew my attention to the way (with the exception of a couple of posts early in the project) I have not here really provided my long-running1 series of podcasts on humour in each book of the Hebrew Bible wi... [Bible: OT] [humour]

January 20, 4PM

Dr Jane Heath (Durham University) wrote a piece “Did Jesus Christ have a sense of humour?” In it she suggests that the question might be broken into two parts: “[o]ne about the way Jesus taught during his incarnate life, and another abou... [humour] [Luke] [Matthew]

January 19, 12 PM

In Otagosh’s next post however normal service is resumed. I wish all my friends and neighbours who trawl biblical prophetic books in search of “Biblical Prophecy” would read Ancient Prophets – Politics not Prediction. [Prophets]
It is pleasant to have some reliable comfortable regular experiences in this troubling world. One of mine in recent years has been the stream of tart yet gentle posts on Otagosh that pillory sloppy thinking on “Biblical” matters. But today Ga... [Gender] [history]

December 24 2014, 11AM

Happy Christmas to all of you. 2014 has been a busy year, leaving little time to prepare posts here. I hope 2015 may leave more time. I’m farewelling 2014 now as tomorrow I head for Auckland and then on to the UK (for mum’s funeral) and so wi... [Xtras]

December 16, 8PM

Continuing a series on The Confessions of Jeremiah, we’ll explore the second of these rich and complex texts Jer 15:10-21. Although I only have 5 minutes I hope I’ll give you material to spark several times that of study of the biblical text ... [characterisation] [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [confession] [confessions of Jeremiah] [Jeremiah] [relationships]
Continuing a series on The Confessions of Jeremiah, we’ll explore the second of these rich and complex texts Jer 15:10-21. Although I only have 5 minutes I hope I’ll give you material to spark several times that of study of the biblical text ... [characterisation] [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [confession] [confessions of Jeremiah] [Jeremiah] [relationships]

December 11, 3PM

For decades I have battled with students who insist on using “he” to mean “she or he” and “Man” to mean “men and women”, even “a man” to mean “a human person”. I’ve explained to... [Gender] [Mark]

December 8, 7PM

An Act against Atheism and Blasphemy, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1697 (Wikimedia) In the previous two podcasts in this series I’ve introduced “the Confessions of Jeremiah” and the first confession (11:18-12:6). Here we’ll look at th... [characterisation] [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [Character] [Complaint] [confession] [confessions of Jeremiah] [Jeremiah] [Lament]
An Act against Atheism and Blasphemy, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1697 (Wikimedia) In the previous two podcasts in this series I’ve introduced “the Confessions of Jeremiah” and the first confession (11:18-12:6). Here we’ll look at th... [characterisation] [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [Character] [Complaint] [confession] [confessions of Jeremiah] [Jeremiah] [Lament]

December 7, 10AM

Before thinking about this “confession” we’ll first look at lament psalms briefly. Lament psalms often contain: – an address (maybe simply “O God” or “O Lord”) – a/some complaint(s) – a request for help ... [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [Complaint] [confessions of Jeremiah] [lament psalm]
Before thinking about this “confession” we’ll first look at lament psalms briefly. Lament psalms often contain: – an address (maybe simply “O God” or “O Lord”) – a/some complaint(s) – a request for help ... [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [Complaint] [confessions of Jeremiah] [lament psalm]

December 3, 3PM

Jeremiah, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th cen. Iconostasis of Kizhi monastery, Karelia, Russia A series of passages in Jeremiah stand out because of their contents which presents itself as powerful debates about Jeremiah, his call, his enemies and... [Jeremiah] [Narrative] [Complaint] [confessions of Jeremiah] [lament psalm]
Jeremiah, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th cen. Iconostasis of Kizhi monastery, Karelia, Russia A series of passages in Jeremiah stand out because of their contents which presents itself as powerful debates about Jeremiah, his call, his enemies and... [Jeremiah] [Narrative] [Complaint] [confessions of Jeremiah] [lament psalm]

November 19, 11AM

Mike Crudge asks some interesting questions about “cringe communication” from Christians, he also poses a challenge to “create a simple and engaging billboard for your church this Christmas?” Here’s my entry: My reasoning? ... [Advertising] [Spirituality]

November 11, 7PM

Over the last year I have been forced (by equipment failure and an unwillingness to spend “too much”of the family budget on Internet publishing) to experiment with various options for recording audio. I’ve done some of the 5 minute Bibl... [Audio] [Children's stories]

12 PM

Announcement from: Robert Myles (follow link for more details) Call for Papers: Radical Interpretations of the Bible The Deserter (1916) by Boardman Robinson A low cost (i.e. free) full day academic seminar in Sheffield, UK on radical interpretations of t... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT]

November 10, 9AM

There is a lot of discussion (at least there is in the online circles I move in) about claims to a doctrine of “headship” that is biblical and that means husbands should take a leadership role with respect to their their wives. Or possibly tha... [Ephesians] [Gender] [Isaiah] [jesus]
There is a lot of discussion (at least there is in the online circles I move in) about claims to a doctrine of “headship” that is biblical and that means husbands should take a leadership role with respect to their their wives. Or possibly tha... [Ephesians] [Gender] [Isaiah] [jesus]

November 6, 7PM

Go’el is another thoroughly cultural word, that is highly theological. Again it is prominent in Ruth. This time there is one English word that is often a decent translation, redeemer, the problem is redeem carries a different weight of overtones fro... [reading] [Ruth] [theology]
Go’el is another thoroughly cultural word, that is highly theological. Again it is prominent in Ruth. This time there is one English word that is often a decent translation, redeemer, the problem is redeem carries a different weight of overtones fro... [reading] [Ruth] [theology]

November 4, 6PM

I know, I know, I have not been posting as often, or as deeply, as I used to. Let me offer three excuses and a fine old story. Excuse the first: I am retired and no longer think about teaching the Bible all the time (it is now a hobby, and looking after s... [Digital life] [Librivox] [Open Source] [publishing]

October 28, 3PM

Before the long weekend (spent with family and a great time) I had the worst cup of coffee I can remember (thank goodness for small mercies). We went to Taupo where Barbara had appointments. The Coffee Club is convenient and prominent on the main road opp... [Cafe review]

October 21, 7PM

While Paul’s test case, whether Christians may eat meat that has been offered to idols is of little importance to most Christians today. When was the last time someone offered you such meat? His principle is still helpful and useful. This podcast il... [1&2 Corinthians] [Reading the Bible Faithfully]
While Paul’s test case, whether Christians may eat meat that has been offered to idols is of little importance to most Christians today. When was the last time someone offered you such meat? His principle is still helpful and useful. This podcast il... [1&2 Corinthians] [Reading the Bible Faithfully]

1PM

Richard Beck pulled out this (timely?) quote from Mere Christianity Finally, though I have had to speak at some length about sex, I want to make it as clear as I possibly can that the centre of Christian morality is not here. If anyone thinks that Christi... [family] [Gender]

October 19, 9PM

At the conference I attended in Sydney recently one of the stimulating conversations I enjoyed was around ways to present Bible commentary in a digital medium for non-specialist readers in the 21st C. The Amos – Hypertext Bible Commentary was alread... [Biblical Studies] [Jonah] [publishing] [Teaching Bible]

October 14, 6PM

Whether the promises God made to the patriarchs in Genesis are conditional or unconditional is not merely a curiosity of ancient history, it has powerful and dangerous implications today. This podcast tries to examine what the Bible intends to say on this... [Genesis] [reading]
Whether the promises God made to the patriarchs in Genesis are conditional or unconditional is not merely a curiosity of ancient history, it has powerful and dangerous implications today. This podcast tries to examine what the Bible intends to say on this... [Genesis] [reading]

October 13, 6PM

The indefatigable Jim West pointed to this fascinating announcement from De Gruyter. Publoris like “ordinary” self-publishing services like Lulu offers a basic service with choices for the level of editorial involvement. Thus far nothing new. ... [publishing]

October 9, 11AM

In the circles I move in it often seems to be assumed that Gay Christians (at least the ones who do not agree to “settle” for celebacy, nor “recognise” that God “must” be calling them to celebacy – and who consequ... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Gender] [Genesis] [Interpretation] [Marriage] [theology]

October 7, 6PM

Being invited to give the 22nd Annual William Menzies Lectureship (five lectures) and Asia Pacific Theological Seminary’s agreement that I could tackle the title “God as Mother?” was an honour and also a privilege (that they agreed despi... [God as mother] [theology]

September 19, 12 PM

“Jetsons” by http://www.hogwild.net/ via Wikipedia The Sydney College of Divinity 2014 Teaching and Learning Conference “Teaching Theology in a Technological Age“is an interesting experience. Listening to so many teachers who are a... [blog] [Digital life] [teaching]

September 1, 1PM

Rob Bradshaw has done a typically thorough job of the August Biblical Studies Carnival. He even managed to find a post from my meager output, but there are lots of good things you will not have seen as well :) [Biblical Studies]

August 19, 8PM

Photo by Dick Rochester I have been doing a lot of writing in the last few months (one reason for less posts here) much of it to tight word counts, I was delighted to find my own advice still (despite Mike’s comments) rings true – at least to... [publishing] [Study skills] [Writing]

6PM

Photo by PBoGS We had just recorded the video for the new CareyMedia DVD, that year it used conversations between small groups of staff, one I was involved in was about worship. So, here I want to suggest that Leviticus (esp. Lev 19:1-2) and Isaiah 6 can ... [Isaiah] [Leviticus] [Worship]
Photo by PBoGS We had just recorded the video for the new CareyMedia DVD, that year it used conversations between small groups of staff, one I was involved in was about worship. So, here I want to suggest that Leviticus (esp. Lev 19:1-2) and Isaiah 6 can ... [Isaiah] [Leviticus] [Worship]

August 17, 6PM

One of the more depressing outcomes of a post-infection fatigue is the things one is reduced, but lack of energy to do better, to eating. Come lunchtime, I was hungry, from a morning dutifully preparing my paper for the symposium: “Doing Theology in... [Cooking] [food] [theology]

August 13, 5PM

I once made a silly offer: “Give me a random Old Testament passage, and I’ll show you how the 5 step process works!” So they offered me 2 Kings 10, the lovely story of the seventy heads offered to Jehu in baskets. (Read it yourself if yo... [2 Kings] [5 Steps] [old testament] [preach ot] [Preaching] [preaching old testament]
I once made a silly offer: “Give me a random Old Testament passage, and I’ll show you how the 5 step process works!” So they offered me 2 Kings 10, the lovely story of the seventy heads offered to Jehu in baskets. (Read it yourself if yo... [2 Kings] [5 Steps] [old testament] [preach ot] [Preaching] [preaching old testament]

August 12, 1PM

Colombo Theological Seminary, a fine interdenominational seminary teaching in English, Sinhala and Tamil both in Colombo (the capital) and in centres around the country (in both Sinhala and Tamil areas) is looking for a theological librarian to work in th... [publishing] [Teaching Bible] [theology] [Training pastors]

August 6, 6PM

Rhett has a typically sensible and thought provoking post “New” which begins with the strange obsession academia has with “new”, leading in disciplines that deal with a limited corpus of texts and ideas, like biblical studies or t... [Bible abuse] [Biblical Studies] [Teaching Bible]

August 5, 1PM

Please note the scare quotes, Richard Beck is not an outsider, in church he is a committed leader, in the blogsphere he is a powerful voice. Yet, the debate about gay marriage has been framed and is largely conducted in the light of stances taken by profe... [family] [Gender] [Marriage]

August 4, 10PM

No, it’s not a post about Moses, nor have I transgressed into the smaller Testament. Rather it’s a post pointing to a post. One that is well worth reading. I have for a long time been upset by the patently untrue claim that “people today... [Digital life]

August 1, 5PM

For several years now Jim West has been posting from time to time about progress with his huge project as he knocks off book after book of his For the Person in the Pew Bible commentary series. This began in 2006 with the ambitious Jeremiah: for the pers... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Teaching Bible]

July 5, 7PM

Later than most of the (vaguely) interested public1  I finally watched “Noah” on one of the flights the other day. I won’t comment on the story, or its relationship with Scripture, other have done that well. Nor will I offer erudite com... [family] [Gender] [Genesis] [video]

June 30, 4PM

  Seattle Municipal Archives from Seattle, WA – W.H. Shumard family, circa 1955 A few days ago the Vatican published a working paper “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization“. This paper results from i... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [family] [theology]

June 19, 4PM

Back in April I somehow missed Bryan Bibb’s interesting post Camouflage Equivalence1 it focuses on places where translators: …seek to obscure rather than reveal the meaning of the original. He [Robinson] defines the term as “rearranging the... [Isaiah] [Psalms] [Ruth] [translation]

June 16, 9PM

Jacob L. Wright’s MOOC makes good use of short video interviews with both established scholars and (at least one so far) PhD candidates talking about their research. As a teaching tool such short videos are brilliant. If we had a database of such v... [Biblical Studies] [Teaching Bible] [video]

7PM

This week’s episodes of Jacob Wright’s “The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose, and Political Future” were particularly fun for me, for a start his topic (the way the Hebrew Bible subverts gender roles and notions of heroism) appeal... [Interpretation] [Teaching Bible] [video] [Writings]

June 12, 4PM

The psalm in Jonah 2:2-9 (2:3-10 in Hebrew) is a fine example of a thanksgiving psalm, and everything in its expression and theology would sound fine in the book of Psalms. However, on Jonah’s lips after we have heard the narrative of chapter one, i... [Context] [Faithfully] [Genre] [Jonah]
The psalm in Jonah 2:2-9 (2:3-10 in Hebrew) is a fine example of a thanksgiving psalm, and everything in its expression and theology would sound fine in the book of Psalms. However, on Jonah’s lips after we have heard the narrative of chapter one, i... [Context] [Faithfully] [Genre] [Jonah]

June 11, 7PM

One of the highlights for me of this week’s episodes of Jacob Wright’s excellent The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose, and Political Future was the interview with doctoral student Aubrey Buster. Her paper, by comparing the treatment of contes... [languages] [Teaching Bible] [video]

5PM

Spotting the exaggerations and humour in the book can help us understand, but it also acts as a warning! [Genre] [humour] [Jonah] [humor]
Spotting the exaggerations and humour in the book can help us understand, but it also acts as a warning! The post Jonah: Thoroughly fishy! appeared first on 5 minute Bible. [Genre] [humour] [Jonah] [humor]

June 4, 11PM

It’s easy to preach lies from the book of  Job. It won’t be as obvious as preaching Atheism from Psalms (see Ps 10:4; 14:1; 53:1). All you have to do is take a passage from the speeches by his friends. Of course God tells us at the end of t... [Faithfully] [Job] [reading] [Reading the Bible Faithfully]
It’s easy to preach lies from the book of  Job. It won’t be as obvious as preaching Atheism from Psalms (see Ps 10:4; 14:1; 53:1). All you have to do is take a passage from the speeches by his friends. Of course God tells us at the end of t... [Faithfully] [Job] [reading] [Reading the Bible Faithfully]

10AM

In a previous post I mentioned the old Deadly Green Bar trick that MS Windows has been pulling on complacent PC users sine the terrible days of Vista. (Microsoft-in-the-head as repeat offender) There I mentioned the “fix”1 mentioned at Techspo... [Digital life] [Writing]

June 3, 7PM

Last week I offered some first impressions of Jacob Wright’s excellent MOOC The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose, and Political Future. The second week’s lecture material has been interesting for two strikingly different reasons. Jacob presents a... [Archaeology] [Bible: OT] [history] [Teaching Bible]

June 1, 10PM

I had an odd need, the journal Colloquium published an article of mine a few years back, which I had not uploaded to Academia.edu1 but the proof copy I have is a PDF with each page shown twice on a landscape page.2 So I needed to split the PDF in half le... [Utilities]

May 28, 1AM

Since this session concerns the background to the emergence of “Israel” in Canaan the Mereneptah Stele is mentioned and shown several times, photo from Wikipedia When Jacob Wright’s MOOC “The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose, and ... [Archaeology] [Bible: OT] [education] [history] [Open Source] [teaching] [video]

May 27, 2PM

One of the key differences between people in prison and those outside is that many of those “inside” are “repeat offenders”. Either they don’t learn their lesson or something drives them to offend time and again. Microsoft s... [Digital life] [Open Source]

May 14, 4PM

Jim West needs more Logos users to “preorder” his commentary series it is a remarkable effort by one pastor/teacher to write clear straightforward comment on every book of the Bible (so far there are 36 volumes “covering 59 books of the ... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Children's stories] [Librivox]

May 8, 4PM

I love using a laptop, on my lap. I prefer small notebooks as they are easier to carry and the screen is big enough when it is so close to me. BUT I hate the way in which at random my wrist or a trailing thumb will activate the touchpad while I am typing,... [Digital life] [Utilities] [Writing]

May 5, 7PM

Rollercoaster, Gröna Lund, Stockholm  by m.prinke These two chapters, as well as some (now several millennia later) boring stuff about wells, contain some of the heights and depths of human experience. A birth to a childless couple, well well after norm... [E100] [Genesis] [jesus] [sin]
Rollercoaster, Gröna Lund, Stockholm  by m.prinke These two chapters, as well as some (now several millennia later) boring stuff about wells, contain some of the heights and depths of human experience. A birth to a childless couple, well well after norm... [E100] [Genesis] [jesus] [sin]

May 4, 10PM

For a course on the Pentateuch that I am preparing I am stuck in two places for good readings to suggest. If you can help me I’d be delighted. I need a chapter-length readings, and ideally at a bit above basic beginner level, yet not too technical.... [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Teaching Bible]

May 2, 3PM

Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, was a military general in the Book of Judges in the Bible. "Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum" Published by Guillaume Rouille (1518?-1589) Wikimedia Judges is one Bible book where it has been common... [Gender] [humour] [Judges]
Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, was a military general in the Book of Judges in the Bible. "Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum" Published by Guillaume Rouille (1518?-1589) Wikimedia Judges is one Bible book where it has been common... [Gender] [humour] [Judges]

April 23, 3PM

The soldiers who obey the orders of the Generals who rule Burma/Myanmar regularly rape, kill and burn houses of villagers who are not of their ethnicity. The Free Burma Rangers provide documentation of these atrocities when they can. As a counterbalance t... [Psalms] [Universalism]
The soldiers who obey the orders of the Generals who rule Burma/Myanmar regularly rape, kill and burn houses of villagers who are not of their ethnicity. The Free Burma Rangers provide documentation of these atrocities when they can. As a counterbalance t... [Psalms] [Universalism]

1PM

Jonah and the Whale. Photographer: Brams. Hvidbjerg Kirke in Hvidbjerg Sogn in Thyholm Kommune, Denmark. In this short series (of two podcasts) I’ll describe two things I think I know, two stakes in the ground when I come to think about the topic of... [Jonah] [Universalism]
Jonah and the Whale. Photographer: Brams. Hvidbjerg Kirke in Hvidbjerg Sogn in Thyholm Kommune, Denmark. In this short series (of two podcasts) I’ll describe two things I think I know, two stakes in the ground when I come to think about the topic of... [Jonah] [Universalism]

April 4, 8PM

Another video exploring how our preunderstandings (the things that we think we “know” in advance that a Bible passage is about) can make us miss the point. [5 Steps] [jesus] [Luke] [Mark] [Matthew] [Reading the Bible Faithfully]
Another video exploring how our preunderstandings (the things that we think we “know” in advance that a Bible passage is about) can make us miss the point. The post Rendering unto Caesar: separation of church and state appeared first on 5 mi... [5 Steps] [jesus] [Luke] [Mark] [Matthew] [Reading the Bible Faithfully]

April 3, 6PM

A few years back I posted a video showing how to get to the relevant pages of a Bible commentary using Google Books. Since then the video hosting service I used has removed the video, and Google has changed their interface. So, here is a renewed one. What... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Digital life] [Jeremiah] [Teaching Bible]

April 1, 6PM

NZ Christian Network have begun to produce a series of thought starters. Aimed to fit on one double-sided sheet of A4 (in PDF format for printing and folding). The goal is to be simple, clear, and to start people thinking. They call them “Notes̶... [blog] [Genesis] [Marriage] [Writing]

March 31, 3PM

I has been too long since I added to my (very) slowly growing series on Jonah. So, when I saw that this magnificent little book was among the ones otherwise missing from the April carnival I could not resist. We like our stories (fairly) simple, we want t... [Jonah] [Narrative]
I has been too long since I added to my (very) slowly growing series on Jonah. So, when I saw that this magnificent little book was among the ones otherwise missing from the April carnival I could not resist. We like our stories (fairly) simple, we want t... [Jonah] [Narrative]

March 30, 12 PM

Annibale Carracci “The Stoning of St Stephen” from Wikimedia Peter Kirby has posted an audacious prophesy of the top biblioblogs by traffic in six month’s time (Top 50 Biblioblogs: Spring 2014 Report). I have two reasons for hoping tha... [Xtras]

March 26, 10PM

Jonathan Robinson has some as yet unbaked1 thoughts on the hidden presence of children in gospel narratives. As someone who still remembers being a child (it always surprises me how many people seem to turn off those memories, or at least fail to use them... [aging] [Bible: NT] [Biblical Studies] [family] [Interpretation]

7PM

Torah scroll by Lawrie Cate One of the things I have not yet done as well as I’d like is to package these podcasts into convenient forms to give quick simple  introductions for students in classes I teach, so I’ve been collecting the posts on... [Law/Torah/Pentateuch]

March 25, 9AM

As part of my seminar on Bible abuse at Easter Camp I talked about how a couple of sorts of context (cotext or social setting and culture) help us understand Jesus parable of the Big Feast (Luke 14:16ff.) more sharply. This podcast is a quick version of t... [Context] [jesus] [Luke] [reading]
As part of my seminar on Bible abuse at Easter Camp I talked about how a couple of sorts of context (cotext or social setting and culture) help us understand Jesus parable of the Big Feast (Luke 14:16ff.) more sharply. This podcast is a quick version of t... [Context] [jesus] [Luke] [reading]

March 24, 9PM

At URLoved Will posted Why The Church is Loosing Social Capital you should read it, but here’s the Reader’s Digest version, with some comments (I could not find a way to comment onsite). He begins by explaining: Social Capital is the ways in w... [Digital life]

March 17, 3PM

After thirty years as an onsite teacher, though for the last several years teaching many distance classes, I am now a distance teacher. I used to work from an office at the institution I was teaching in, with the luxury of research and writing days/time a... [Biblical Studies] [Digital life] [Pentateuch] [teaching] [Teaching Bible]

March 10, 7PM

Often Bible readers focus on things that are not the message the writer was trying to communicate. This is hardly “faithful” reading. So what is the danger and how do we avoid it? Putting the issue another way: Are you building you theology on... [Faithfully] [Thessalonians]
Often Bible readers focus on things that are not the message the writer was trying to communicate. This is hardly “faithful” reading. So what is the danger and how do we avoid it? Putting the issue another way: Are you building you theology on... [Faithfully] [Thessalonians]

March 5, 10PM

My thesis which was accepted by the University of Glasgow in 1981 has been, I just discovered, digitised and is available here: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/2080/ [Gender] [God as mother] [Interpretation] [publishing]

9PM

“Presence and Pixels: Some impacts of electronically mediated communication on Christian living,” Review and Expositor, 111,1, 2014, 56-63. I’d be particularly keen to get feedback from readers here who may see this. Your ideas would be welcome ... [Digital life] [publishing]
I’m not sure I listed these here, and I do want to brag about the quantity, I’ll leave you to judge the quality ;) 2013 “The Troubling Theology of Jeremiah” In Global Perspectives on the Old Testament, edited by Mark Roncace and Jo... [Amos] [Digital life] [Jeremiah] [publishing]
Here is another video for my Reading the Bible Faithfully program. [Ezekiel] [Faithfully]
Here is another video for my Reading the Bible Faithfully program. The post Ezekiel’s Spacemen: Prophecy Ancient or Modern? (Reading the Bible Faithfully, 2) appeared first on 5 minute Bible. [Ezekiel] [Faithfully]

February 24, 2PM

Proverbs are pithy sayings. Short, thought-provoking, often using vivid imagery proverbs work by making you think. But they are often used as a source of quick simple answers. The book of Proverbs is a collkection of loads of such sayings with a long pref... [E100] [Proverbs]
Proverbs are pithy sayings. Short, thought-provoking, often using vivid imagery proverbs work by making you think. But they are often used as a source of quick simple answers. The book of Proverbs is a collkection of loads of such sayings with a long pref... [E100] [Proverbs]

February 16, 10PM

A friend of mine in a comment on Facebook pointed to Jackson Wu’s blog. It is excellent, Jackson is a theologian (like me his PhD is in practical theology)1 who teaches at a seminary. He is also passionate about helping people read the Bible better,... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Interpretation] [mission] [Teaching Bible]

February 13, 7PM

I’ve been asked about the prosperity gospel, which claims that not only does God want to bless us, but that if we do the right things God will bless us. In the context from which it was asked it’s a really important question, in my context too... [jesus] [Luke] [Matthew] [theology]
I’ve been asked about the prosperity gospel, which claims that not only does God want to bless us, but that if we do the right things God will bless us. In the context from which it was asked it’s a really important question, in my context too... [jesus] [Luke] [Matthew] [theology]

February 7, 9AM

Updated version to fit into “Reading the Bible Faithfully” explains why thinking about what a Bible passage was intended to mean to its original hearers is really important. In passing it explains also something that makes the Bible different ... [Faithfully] [Reading the Bible Faithfully]
Updated version to fit into “Reading the Bible Faithfully” explains why thinking about what a Bible passage was intended to mean to its original hearers is really important. In passing it explains also something that makes the Bible different ... [Faithfully] [Reading the Bible Faithfully]
I have just finished a five-lecture series at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio in the Philippines, with the title “God as Mother?”. The experience has been great fun, with friendly interested and interesting staff, and students who ... [God as mother] [Teaching Bible]

January 30, 11AM

It is a strange thing, and one I never expected to experience (see the archive of my first post) to be celebrating ten years of blogging. Actually I won’t be celebrating today, as I will be flying to the Philippines via Thailand “on the day... [blog]

January 23, 8PM

I have not been posting (here or podcasting at 5minuteBible) much for a while. Several academic publications with due dates late in 2013 and then the Christmas/summer holidays are to blame… plus a new project and a lecture series… The new proj... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Interpretation] [Teaching Bible]

December 16 2013, 1PM

Paul Windsor had a fine post a few days ago, on living alongside the poor which should be required reading for anyone who will be living, moving or having their being where others are poor. This means all of us, unless we hermetically seal ourselves away ... [blog] [family] [Marriage] [Spirituality] [theology]

November 27, 5PM

Twin colloquia in 2011, held only days apart, gave birth to twin books, only weeks apart in 2013. My task at the launch last night was to bridge between the two. The model of a small, sociable gathering of scholars at various stages of their careers aroun... [Bible: OT] [Complaint] [Isaiah]

November 11, 5PM

  Honesty compels me to admit that there are times when exactly the wrong person at exactly the wrong time with exactly the wrong motives has nevertheless said exactly the right thing. Tom Marshall, Understanding Leadership, 1991, p97 (HT: ξἐνο... [blog] [Spirituality]

November 3, 7PM

The New Testament use of the Old Testament often seems arbitrary or bizarre to modern readers. Here I’ll suggest that Paul’s use of Genesis in Galatians 4 (while not only strange but also unfair to Hagar and over kind to Sarah) fits with thew ... [faith] [Galatians] [Genesis]
The New Testament use of the Old Testament often seems arbitrary or bizarre to modern readers. Here I’ll suggest that Paul’s use of Genesis in Galatians 4 (while not only strange but also unfair to Hagar and over kind to Sarah) fits with thew ... [faith] [Galatians] [Genesis]

September 24, 10PM

This podcast may benefit from a set of notes, either as an alternative to the audio/screencast or as a reminder (since has a high information content). It is also longer and less fun than most, so if you like miss it out unless later in the series you nee... [1 Samuel] [Deuteronomy] [Ecclesiastes/Qohelet] [Genesis] [Genre] [Isaiah] [Job] [Judges] [Numbers] [Prophets] [Proverbs]
This podcast may benefit from a set of notes, either as an alternative to the audio/screencast or as a reminder (since has a high information content). It is also longer and less fun than most, so if you like miss it out unless later in the series you nee... [1 Samuel] [Deuteronomy] [Ecclesiastes/Qohelet] [Genesis] [Genre] [Isaiah] [Job] [Judges] [Numbers] [Prophets] [Proverbs]

September 23, 8PM

The series is not finished yet, so I can recommend it without grinding any axes, but for any Christian wanting to work out more clearly where they stand on any or all of the moral and theological issues surrounding LGBT people and activities this series o... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Ezekiel] [Gender] [Genesis] [Interpretation] [Leviticus]

September 22, 1PM

The news from Egypt (indeed all the “Middle East”) over recent months has varied between being silence (most of the time) and shock-horror (when some new tragedy/atrocity manages to break through Western media’s apathy about the rest of ... [blog] [Justice] [theology]

September 20, 7PM

Photo from wonderlane I am, as those who know me face to face will be aware, somewhat more than somewhat introverted. I have posted here before about how my (Western) culture is extroverted and favours extroversion. Introverted behaviour is seldom given ... [God as mother] [theology]

September 17, 3PM

This is a scholarly debate with no consensus. As scholarly debates go this one is rather technical. Yet in 5 minutes (well actually 6) I’ll try to give you the core essential issue, and also suggest how awareness of this can help us read the Bible b... [Genre]
This is a scholarly debate with no consensus. As scholarly debates go this one is rather technical. Yet in 5 minutes (well actually 6) I’ll try to give you the core essential issue, and also suggest how awareness of this can help us read the Bible b... [Genre]

September 10, 2PM

The Flannagan blog, M&M, can be really annoying or hugely stimulating, it is seldom boring. But the new post There probably are no duties. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life! really is something special. Matt neatly turns all the standard old chest... [blog] [theology]

September 5, 11AM

I’ve been unusually quiet here for a while now for two reasons. The first is dumb. Something has “broken” this installation of WordPress and half the editing features don’t work. I have to turn off JavaScript, and save the post, to... [Amos] [Biblical Studies] [blog]

September 4, 1PM

There is often good stuff at the Perspective Criticism group blog. This post on “Ideological Point of View in the Account of the Four Lepers (2 Kings 7:3-9)” by Jesse Long Jr is particularly interesting to me. [1&2 Kings] [Interpretation]

September 3, 4PM

The distinction between prose and poetry is probably the most useful way of grouping all Bible texts into just two sorts (though as we’ll see this binary classification is an over simplification). For this brief look at the two sorts (genres) of wri... [Genre] [Psalms]
The distinction between prose and poetry is probably the most useful way of grouping all Bible texts into just two sorts (though as we’ll see this binary classification is an over simplification). For this brief look at the two sorts (genres) of wri... [Genre] [Psalms]

September 1, 9PM

The first of a series on “Genres in the Bible” is an introduction, so very general and just introduction. The series will soon get into deeper stuff The graphic of the “Bible Library” comes from this post: http://www.reclaimingth... [Genre]
The first of a series on “Genres in the Bible” is an introduction, so very general and just introduction. The series will soon get into deeper stuff The graphic of the “Bible Library” comes from this post: http://www.reclaimingthe... [Genre]

August 27, 6PM

Here’s the first of a new series of podcasts on words that pose particular difficulty because English either lacks clearly similar concepts, or the word carries quite different connotations (emotional overtones and other baggage) from the word that ... [Covenant] [faith] [grace] [OT] [Ruth]
Here’s the first of a new series of podcasts on words that pose particular difficulty because English either lacks clearly similar concepts, or the word carries quite different connotations (emotional overtones and other baggage) from the word that ... [Covenant] [faith] [grace] [OT] [Ruth]

August 24, 11AM

If you have been enjoying my series on humour you may be interested in an article at BAR:  Laughter in the Bible? Absolutely! I think Branch suffers from the lack of criteria and I’d be less confident of some of her examples but it’s a fun an... [humour]
If you have been enjoying my series on humour you may be interested in an article at BAR:  Laughter in the Bible? Absolutely! I think Branch suffers from the lack of criteria and I’d be less confident of some of her examples but it’s a fun an... [humour]

August 21, 8PM

I have finished a first draft of a chapter (for a forthcoming book) in which I seek to defend and illustrate my idea that the genre of prophetic books might best be understood as “prophetic fictions”. (Using “fiction” as I think Al... [Amos] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Prophets] [Writing]

August 18, 9PM

Here’s a post from five years ago that I wish had generated more conversation… I wonder if it will this time ;) Linking to Geoff’s “Creativity in Theological Education” post and then watching the brilliant presentation (in ju... [Digital life] [education] [teaching] [Teaching Bible] [Training pastors]

August 14, 1PM

A group of us met last night to plot a video (probably narration with animation one of the group is a young, skilled and creative animator with friends who are similarly equipped) most of the rest of us are established pastors and teachers. The goal is to... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Digital life] [Open Source] [Teaching Bible] [video]

August 5, 11PM

I’m delighted, one of the two edited books I’ve been working on is now available and I have my copy :) Miriam J. Bier and Tim Bulkeley, eds. Spiritual Complaint: Theology and Practice of Lament. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013. “Does Jeremiah Con... [Biblical Studies] [Jeremiah] [theology] [Xtras]

3PM

The capstone volume that completes Bill Loader’s previous five volumes on sex and sexuality in the the world of early Christianity is announced. Among other things this book seeks to make his scholarly and full treatment in the previous five volumes... [Bible: NT] [Biblical Studies] [family]

July 30, 1PM

Since we started teaching Understanding and Interpreting the Bible at Carey have every year, as well as giving very favourable feedback, students have said things like “Why don’t they teach us this in churches?” Reading the Bible Faithfu... [Reading the Bible Faithfully]
Since we started teaching Understanding and Interpreting the Bible at Carey have every year, as well as giving very favourable feedback, students have said things like “Why don’t they teach us this in churches?” Reading the Bible Faithfu... [Reading the Bible Faithfully]

July 28, 6PM

Even if it does come from a “celebrity maker”… [Xtras]

July 24, 1PM

This clay tablet contains a letter from a local ruler in Canaan to Pharaoh (Original in Pergamon Museum, photo by Tim Bulkeley) In our student exegesis assignments we ask them to state the intended meaning for the ancient hearers, ideally in one sentence,... [5 Steps] [Context]
This clay tablet contains a letter from a local ruler in Canaan to Pharaoh (Original in Pergamon Museum, photo by Tim Bulkeley) In our student exegesis assignments we ask them to state the intended meaning for the ancient hearers, ideally in one sentence,... [5 Steps] [Context]

July 15, 1PM

We bought a degustation menu at, Auckland restaurant, Mikano from Grabone, and enjoyed the meal on Sunday.  Mikano has a brilliant setting over the helipads on Tamaki Drive with a stunning view of the harbour to Rangitoto and Waiheke. Our sense of occasi... [Cafe review] [food]

July 14, 12 PM

Gavin (at Otagosh) has a post puffing, 95 year old, Lloyd Geering’s new book From the Big Bang to God. I have not read Geering’s writing, I’m an OT scholar and John Robinson was the theological thinker frightening the horses when I was y... [Justice] [Spirituality] [theology]

July 10, 8PM

Chris Heard at Higgaion a proposal which got me thinking. He suggests (in Divine sarcasm in the Eden story?) that we read God’s statement in Gen 3:22: “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil” as sarcasm. So, are God’... [Genesis] [reading]
Chris Heard at Higgaion a proposal which got me thinking. He suggests (in Divine sarcasm in the Eden story?) that we read God’s statement in Gen 3:22: “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil” as sarcasm. So, are God’... [Genesis] [reading]

June 26, 5PM

Don Adams, as Maxwell Smart, holding the famous shoe phone. (Wikipedia) The little story, in Joshua 2, of Rahab and the clueless pair of young Israelite would be spies, provided Spenser1  (see Signs of humour: especially in written texts acr oss cultures... [humour] [Joshua]
Don Adams, as Maxwell Smart, holding the famous shoe phone. (Wikipedia) The little story, in Joshua 2, of Rahab and the clueless pair of young Israelite would be spies, provided Spenser1  (see Signs of humour: especially in written texts acr oss cultures... [humour] [Joshua]

June 25, 9PM

Rudyard Kipling by E.O. Hoppé (1912) from Wikimedia I have just finished corrections to the last chapters of the three books of Letters of Travel by Rudyard Kipling. Here’s How I’m suggesting the books be described: “Three books of trav... [Audio] [Open Source] [reading]

June 23, 5PM

I’ve been posting my podcasts (mainly from http://5minuteBible.com/) to Facebook and YouTube recently, it seems a good way to enlarge the audience. It also seems to have achieved this effectively, with scores of people seeing them via each channel (... [blog] [Digital life]

June 18, 1PM

Two items relating to (mainly male, but see below) sexuality have been appearing on my Facebook feed. Together they have prompted this reflection, even if it should confirm Netguardian in their decision to filter this blog.1 The first concerns a man who d... [family] [Gender] [Marriage] [video]

June 17, 1PM

Photo “Liz spoiling for a fight” by jaypod I’m in pass-on-the-great-posts-I’ve-read-recently mode, I’m sorry that this one too is from a blog I’ve recommended before. What can I say? Either I’m a hide-bound creatu... [Spirituality] [theology]
Chris Heard has been doing a really fine and deeply thoughtful (and perhaps provocative) series on Scriptural claims about the inspiration of Scripture the series is not over, but has arrived at the stage of partial conclusions. You should read it (if yo... [Bible abuse] [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [Biblical Studies] [Teaching Bible] [theology]

June 12, 5PM

OK, so I’m a chronic late adopter of hardware (but within that limitation early adopter of software), but at last Barbara is thinking of getting me an eBook reader. Anyone with experience of eBook readers care to comment? The criteria are must be r... [Digital life] [publishing]

June 10, 11PM

As part of my move to deliver the screencast versions of 5 minute Bible via You Tube I’ve been looking closely at the automatic captions the system offers. Basically I go in and tidy them up. Some are atrocious, making out I swear or say the most ou... [Digital life] [education] [Revelation] [Teaching Bible] [video]

June 4, 10PM

I love the short ending of Mark. To end a gospel with “for they were afraid” is brilliant, to end this gospel like that is nothing short of genius. Add to the pleasure of real richly provocative composition the ending seems to focus on the the... [Mark]

2PM

In view of conversations I’ve had recently with some of you, you may find this interesting: The Christian Purity Culture: More From The Atlantic Interview Richard is always thoughtful, usually thought provoking, and often spot on (IMHO).  He approa... [Gender] [Marriage] [theology]

June 3, 7PM

People like “old time religion”, “Give them more hellfire and damnation pastor!” the elders plead (somehow it is always “them” not “us” in this case), churches were full when preachers really put the fear of... [jesus] [Matthew] [theology]
People like “old time religion”, “Give them more hellfire and damnation pastor!” the elders plead (somehow it is always “them” not “us” in this case), churches were full when preachers really put the fear of... [jesus] [Matthew] [theology]

May 29, 12 AM

Bob linked to a presentation he’s prepared: New presentation available on Seeing the Psalter If like me you have been too preoccupied over recent years to really follow his project, or if you have not heard of it, this half hour (or less if the tec... [Biblical Studies] [Interpretation] [Psalms]

May 28, 11AM

Before we look at how we can better read Scripture faithfully we need to ask what -reading the Bible faithfully means. There are implications both for how and why we read. Later podcasts will tackle the how in more detail. This one focuses more on the big... [5 Steps] [Bible abuse] [Bible in 5 mins] [reading]
Before we look at how we can better read Scripture faithfully we need to ask what -reading the Bible faithfully means. There are implications both for how and why we read. Later podcasts will tackle the how in more detail. This one focuses more on the big... [5 Steps] [Bible abuse] [Bible in 5 mins] [reading]

May 22, 10PM

I’ve been puzzled and frustrated recently in several conversations by the way in which both some Fundamentalists and some Atheists seem to (mis)use Scripture in similar ways. This is the first of a series on this, it focuses on how this way of usin... [Bible abuse] [Matthew] [Psalms] [reading] [Romans]
I’ve been puzzled and frustrated recently in several conversations by the way in which both some Fundamentalists and some Atheists seem to (mis)use Scripture in similar ways. This is the first of a series on this, it focuses on how this way of usin... [Bible abuse] [Matthew] [Psalms] [reading] [Romans]

May 21, 4PM

This podcast, suggesting a gentle wry smile in Dt 1:6 was inspired by a blog post from Rabbi Michal Shekelk1nsh2s2 “Could it be possible to stay too long at the site of Revelation?” There are also quotes from: Tigay, J. Deuteronomy. Jewish Pub... [Deuteronomy] [humour]
This podcast, suggesting a gentle wry smile in Dt 1:6 was inspired by a blog post from Rabbi Michal Shekelk1nsh2s2 “Could it be possible to stay too long at the site of Revelation?” There are also quotes from: Tigay, J. Deuteronomy. Jewish Pub... [Deuteronomy] [humour]

May 15, 2PM

There are a number of passages in the prophets, and especially in Jeremiah that are like the complaint (lament) psalms. In Jeremiah the passages known as “the confessions of Jeremiah” are particularly interesting. Here I’ll just look at ... [Arguing with God] [Complaint] [Jeremiah]
There are a number of passages in the prophets, and especially in Jeremiah that are like the complaint (lament) psalms. In Jeremiah the passages known as “the confessions of Jeremiah” are particularly interesting. Here I’ll just look at ... [Arguing with God] [Complaint] [Jeremiah]

May 13, 3PM

Perhaps it’s because I recently did a series of guest posts summarising the ideas from my book about God as mother (I also did podcast versions of the summaries) or perhaps there really have been more voices raised this year putting the case against... [family]

12 PM

This second look at the complaint psalms continues to focus on Psalm 22. Part three will return to Jeremiah… [Arguing with God] [Complaint] [Psalms] [arguing]
This second look at the complaint psalms continues to focus on Psalm 22. Part three will return to Jeremiah… The post Complaint Psalms: Part Two appeared first on 5 minute Bible. [Arguing with God] [Complaint] [Psalms] [arguing]

May 12, 4PM

Here’s my reading of another Beatrix Potter story, longer and with more complex plot than most. I am now giving them captions for those who have difficulty hearing… [Children's stories] [video]

May 10, 3PM

This post starts to talk about Psalm 22, mentioning Job 10 on the way, we will examine these passages as a way into understanding “complaint psalms”. Complaints are the commonest type of psalm in the book of psalms. You might like to listen to... [Arguing with God] [Complaint] [Job] [Psalms] [arguing]
This post starts to talk about Psalm 22, mentioning Job 10 on the way, we will examine these passages as a way into understanding “complaint psalms”. Complaints are the commonest type of psalm in the book of psalms. You might like to listen to... [Arguing with God] [Complaint] [Job] [Psalms] [arguing]

May 7, 2PM

As well as all the work on the 5 minute Bible podcasts, planting winter vegetables and building a pig pen, I’ve been reading children’s stories. Some of the latest highlight Beatrix Potter’s delightful illustrations as YouTube videos. &n... [Audio] [Children's stories] [Open Source] [video]

9AM

No one has get suggested humour in Leviticus, so I’m moving on while I think… Numbers 11 provides a fun story with several wry smiles, and Moses tells God that as Israel’s mother (which role Moses himself is not at all keen on) Yahweh sh... [humour] [Numbers]
No one has get suggested humour in Leviticus, so I’m moving on while I think… Numbers 11 provides a fun story with several wry smiles, and Moses tells God that as Israel’s mother (which role Moses himself is not at all keen on) Yahweh sh... [humour] [Numbers]

May 3, 7PM

Second city in Ancient Judah, we know of it’s siege and capture by the Assyrians from the Bible and from Assyrian written sources and pictures. We also know something of its later capture by Babylon in the time of Jeremiah. [Archaeology] [Archaeology] [geography] [holy land] [israel] [lachish] [lakish]
Second city in Ancient Judah, we know of it’s siege and capture by the Assyrians from the Bible and from Assyrian written sources and pictures. We also know something of its later capture by Babylon in the time of Jeremiah. The post Video introducti... [Archaeology] [Archaeology] [geography] [holy land] [israel] [lachish] [lakish]

May 2, 4PM

There is an error common to many Atheists and Christians, though they believe their ideas are quite different. The mistake is easily made the words God and god look almost alike. So it seems obvious that “God” is a “god”. Few thing... [Isaiah] [theology] [Uncategorized]
There is an error common to many Atheists and Christians, though they believe their ideas are quite different. The mistake is easily made the words God and god look almost alike. So it seems obvious that “God” is a “god”. Few thing... [Isaiah] [theology] [Uncategorized]

May 1, 5PM

The flat out contradictions in Scripture make Bible readers jumpy.Conservatives seek to defend the “integrity” of Scripture by denying that there is any (even the slightest) disagreement, those on the other side delight in the “proof... [Ezra] [Isaiah] [Proverbs] [reading]
The flat out contradictions in Scripture make Bible readers jumpy.Conservatives seek to defend the “integrity” of Scripture by denying that there is any (even the slightest) disagreement, those on the other side delight in the “proofR... [Ezra] [Isaiah] [Proverbs] [reading]

April 29, 9PM

The final podcast in a series written as guest posts for Sacraparental that express the key ideas of Not Only a Father briefly and simply. This one explores a few ways to experience God as motherly. Looks at Psalm 131 and Jesus teaching in Matthew 5 &... [God as mother] [Matthew] [Numbers] [Psalms] [God] [God as mother] [jesus] [Moses]
The final podcast in a series written as guest posts for Sacraparental that express the key ideas of Not Only a Father briefly and simply. This one explores a few ways to experience God as motherly. Looks at Psalm 131 and Jesus teaching in Matthew 5 &... [God as mother] [Matthew] [Numbers] [Psalms] [God] [God as mother] [jesus] [Moses]

April 23, 5PM

For years it was hard to draw listeners (except a faithful few) to podcasts, while blogs attracted visitors lie nectar draws in bees. However, at last this seems to be changing. 5 minute Bible is now (according to Alexa) more popular than Sansblogue among... [Bible: NT] [Bible: OT] [God as mother] [Interpretation] [Open Source] [publishing] [video]
Can a currently unspeakable picture of God, which was in use for the first 1400 years of Christianity help us enrich our relationship with God? Many of the best known theologians and writing pastors of the first 1400 years of the Christian church (includi... [Galatians] [Genesis] [God as mother] [jesus] [augustine] [christ as mother] [clement] [God] [jerome] [jesus as mother] [mother] [motherly God] [womb of the father] [womb of the spirit]
Can a currently unspeakable picture of God, which was in use for the first 1400 years of Christianity help us enrich our relationship with God? Many of the best known theologians and writing pastors of the first 1400 years of the Christian church (includi... [Galatians] [Genesis] [God as mother] [jesus] [augustine] [christ as mother] [clement] [God] [jerome] [jesus as mother] [mother] [motherly God] [womb of the father] [womb of the spirit]

3PM

What does it mean for Christian talk of God as motherly that Jesus called (even maybe named) God as -father-? Then we take a closer look at what Jesus meant when he talked about God as father. Finally I’ll think about what it means for this topic t... [God as mother] [jesus] [John] [Luke] [Mark] [Matthew] [father] [God] [mother] [motherly father] [prodigal son]
What does it mean for Christian talk of God as motherly that Jesus called (even maybe named) God as -father-? Then we take a closer look at what Jesus meant when he talked about God as father. Finally I’ll think about what it means for this topic th... [God as mother] [jesus] [John] [Luke] [Mark] [Matthew] [father] [God] [mother] [motherly father] [prodigal son]

April 18, 11AM

jps has a nice quote from Family and Household Religion in Ancient Israel and the Levant, page 275 in his short post The night of conception. Both the quote and the “idle musing” it provoked are worth pondering. As we begin to recover/renew Ch... [family] [Marriage]

April 17, 9PM

I’ve been watching the debate over the marriage equality bill with growing horror. Somehow the skill, humour and gentleness with which the “other side” has argued the case “for” has provoked many in the “Christian”... [Bible abuse] [family] [Interpretation] [Marriage] [Teaching Bible]

April 15, 7PM

Real estate agents understand the importance of location This video explains the significance of the location of the “Promised Land”.  It describes the different regions briefly. I’ve wondered about extending this series with some foc... [Context] [ancient Near East] [geography] [israel] [promised land]
Real estate agents understand the importance of location This video explains the significance of the location of the “Promised Land”.  It describes the different regions briefly. I’ve wondered about extending this series with some focu... [Context] [ancient Near East] [geography] [israel] [promised land]

April 13, 11AM

Adobe as rogue software installer I allowed the Adobe Flash player to update. Without asking Adobe also installed something called “McAfee Security Scan Plus”. I already have virus protection. Unless someone convinces me I need different prot... [Xtras]

April 11, 4PM

I never said all the humour in the Bible was gentle or polite. We have come to expect harsh even toilet humour from the prophets, but in this reading Leviticus outdoes Ezekiel sharpening his toilet humour and even making it shorter and more pointed. In th... [Ezekiel] [humour] [Leviticus]
I never said all the humour in the Bible was gentle or polite. We have come to expect harsh even toilet humour from the prophets, but in this reading Leviticus outdoes Ezekiel sharpening his toilet humour and even making it shorter and more pointed. In th... [Ezekiel] [humour] [Leviticus]

April 10, 2PM

This is the passage that makes sense of Gen 2, and of human life. Our world and our lives are broken and spoiled because of sin. Sin is not breaking rules, it is breaking relationship with the maker by wanting to assume the power ourselves. The reading of... [E100] [Genesis]
This is the passage that makes sense of Gen 2, and of human life. Our world and our lives are broken and spoiled because of sin. Sin is not breaking rules, it is breaking relationship with the maker by wanting to assume the power ourselves. The reading of... [E100] [Genesis]

April 9, 2PM

Introducing Genesis 1 & 2, with their radical message. Reading them to answer HOW questions is misreading! They intend to answer more important WHY questions. It began a podcast series on the Essential 100 Bible Readings, the Bible readings themselves... [E100] [Genesis]
Introducing Genesis 1 & 2, with their radical message. Reading them to answer HOW questions is misreading! They intend to answer more important WHY questions. It began a podcast series on the Essential 100 Bible Readings, the Bible readings themselves... [E100] [Genesis]

April 8, 3PM

The first chapter of Genesis (in the Israel Museum) photo adapted from Wikimedia As the first book in the Bible Genesis has a special importance for readers. This very brief introduction to some of the literary and theological issues of the book is really... [Genesis]
The first chapter of Genesis (in the Israel Museum) photo adapted from Wikimedia As the first book in the Bible Genesis has a special importance for readers. This very brief introduction to some of the literary and theological issues of the book is really... [Bible books] [Genesis]

April 7, 4PM

We often notice that the Bible talks about God as -father- (though this picture is rarer than we think), how come we don’t notice it also speaks of God in motherly ways. [God as mother] [theology]
We often notice that the Bible talks about God as -father- (though this picture is rarer than we think), how come we don’t notice it also speaks of God in motherly ways. The post God as Mother in the Bible appeared first on 5 minute Bible. [God as mother] [theology]

3PM

One of the biggest hurdles new students face is learning to reference their work “properly”. Schools seldom teach this skill but increasingly Universities and colleges are demanding it. Life is not made easier by the fact that, to all except f... [Digital life] [Open Source] [Study skills] [Utilities] [Writing]

April 2, 5PM

Thalia invited me to do a series of (by my standards) longish posts over at Sacraparental. They introduce briefly some of the key ideas from my book Not Only a Father. The first has just appeared: What’s Wrong with this Picture? This is a podcast of tha... [Gender] [Genesis] [God as mother]
Thalia invited me to do a series of (by my standards) longish posts over at Sacraparental. They introduce briefly some of the key ideas from my book Not Only a Father. The first has just appeared: What’s Wrong with this Picture? This is a podcast of tha... [Gender] [Genesis] [God as mother]

April 1, 10AM

Thalia invited me to do a series of (by my standards) longish posts over at Sacraparental. They introduce briefly some of the key ideas from my book Not Only a Father. The first has just appeared: What’s Wrong with this Picture? [God as mother] [theology]

March 28, 11AM

Vinodh Ramachandra has produced another excellent polemic.  In Reformed Amnesia? he presents another side of Calvin, even proposing him as “the first liberation theologian” as well as praising the way in which the Catholic Church (for all it... [mission]

March 27, 11AM

The story of the “Golden Calf” episode, offers three different answers to the question: Who brought Israel out of Egypt. And they are attributed to different people and recounted to us by different people! This opens lots of interesting possib... [Exodus] [Narrative]
The story of the “Golden Calf” episode, offers three different answers to the question: Who brought Israel out of Egypt. And they are attributed to different people and recounted to us by different people! This opens lots of interesting possib... [Exodus] [Narrative]

March 25, 9AM

In part two we get drawn to the hymn in Phil 2 and discover not only what Jesus’ discension is all about, but also get to understand the talk of us being gifts in Eph 4:11-13 better. (If you have not listened to part 1 do listen to that first.) The orig... [Context] [Ephesians] [jesus] [Philippians] [reading]
In part two we get drawn to the hymn in Phil 2 and discover not only what Jesus’ discension is all about, but also get to understand the talk of us being gifts in Eph 4:11-13 better. (If you have not listened to part 1 do listen to that first.) The orig... [Context] [Ephesians] [jesus] [Philippians] [reading]

March 24, 9AM

In this podcast we’ll begin to grapple with a complicated idea, but quite simply begin to discover how to become (more) ideal readers. We’ll be looking at Eph 4 , and you will also need a bookmark in Ps 68 . This is a podcast in two parts (otherwise I... [Ephesians] [Psalms] [reading]
In this podcast we’ll begin to grapple with a complicated idea, but quite simply begin to discover how to become (more) ideal readers. We’ll be looking at Eph 4 , and you will also need a bookmark in Ps 68 . This is a podcast in two parts (otherwise I... [Ephesians] [Psalms] [reading]

March 22, 10AM

In this post we’ll discover some humour from below. The humour of the oppressed often pokes fun at the oppressor. Those who subjugate others fear them, and this fear generates feelings of inferiority that in Exodus some oppressed women manipulate deligh... [Exodus] [Genocide] [humour]
In this post we’ll discover some humour from below. The humour of the oppressed often pokes fun at the oppressor. Those who subjugate others fear them, and this fear generates feelings of inferiority that in Exodus some oppressed women manipulate deligh... [Exodus] [Genocide] [humour]

March 19, 10AM

In a post Why the Bible is just not (so) funny David returned to a theme he’s argued before, that the Bible is not funny. Aparently back in 2007 he issued a challenge that readers of his blog could not give examples of humour from every book in the Bibl... [Genesis] [humour]
In a post Why the Bible is just not (so) funny David returned to a theme he’s argued before, that the Bible is not funny. Aparently back in 2007 he issued a challenge that readers of his blog could not give examples of humour from every book in the Bibl... [Genesis] [humour]

March 17, 8PM

Francesca Stavrakopoulou closed her article “Why the BBC’s new face of religion believes God had a WIFE” saying: I can’t help but wonder what the world would be like had the goddess remained. Let’s explore the evidence and try to answer her ... [Gender] [theology]
Francesca Stavrakopoulou closed her article “Why the BBC’s new face of religion believes God had a WIFE” saying: I can’t help but wonder what the world would be like had the goddess remained. Let’s explore the evidence and try to answer her ... [Gender] [theology]

March 13, 4PM

As a matter of fact Yahweh was married, yet the Bible cannot tolerate people who speak of God as male or masculine. This podcast seeks to explore this apparent contradiction as a first follow up to yesterday’s “Why do you read? Or: Was God mar... [1 Kings] [2 Kings] [Gender] [history] [Prophets] [theology]
As a matter of fact Yahweh was married, yet the Bible cannot tolerate people who speak of God as male or masculine. This podcast seeks to explore this apparent contradiction as a first follow up to yesterday’s “Why do you read? Or: Was God mar... [1 Kings] [2 Kings] [Gender] [history] [Prophets] [theology]

10AM

This is the video version of a post whose original audio only version is here. It was stimulated by an article in The Daily Mail (a UK tabloid newspaper) “Why the BBC’s new face of religion believes God had a WIFE” It caused a flurry among the Twitt... [1 Kings] [2 Kings] [Gender] [history] [reading] [theology]
This is the video version of a post whose original audio only version is here. It was stimulated by an article in The Daily Mail (a UK tabloid newspaper) “Why the BBC’s new face of religion believes God had a WIFE” It caused a flurry among the Twitt... [1 Kings] [2 Kings] [Gender] [history] [reading] [theology]

March 10, 7PM

It is about time I finished this casuistry thing (unless any of you know different), but first I think I should show that this approach to Scripture is not just a Matthew thing, but does indeed come from Jesus. We’ll look at a neat case from Mark 7.... [Exodus] [jesus] [Law/Torah/Pentateuch] [Leviticus] [Mark] [Matthew] [apodictic] [casuistic]
It is about time I finished this casuistry thing (unless any of you know different), but first I think I should show that this approach to Scripture is not just a Matthew thing, but does indeed come from Jesus. We’ll look at a neat case from Mark 7.... [Exodus] [Fulfills Scripture] [jesus] [Jesus reading Scripture] [Law/Torah/Pentateuch] [Leviticus] [Mark] [Matthew] [apodictic] [casuistic]

March 7, 7PM

Here’s the third (I hope gripping) installment of this series on why the distinction between casuistic and apodictic matters beyond the form criticism of the legal corpora of the Pentateuch Apart from that one (corpora) no new “long words... [Fulfills Scripture] [jesus] [Law/Torah/Pentateuch] [Matthew] [apodictic] [casuistic] [Fulfills Scripture] [Law]

March 5, 3PM

This is the video version of the second part of this three part series. (Part one, explained the difference between the two sorts of law.) Here I claim that the distinction helps us make sense of Jesus seemingly contradictory teaching about Old Testament ... [Exodus] [jesus] [Law] [Matthew] [reading] [apodictic] [casuistic]

March 4, 6PM

Here’s a video version of a podcast I did a while back, about one of the most dull-sounding topics in biblical studies Yet distinguishing these two (whether or not you remember the names) is vital to understanding the New Testament! Tomorrow IR... [Exodus] [Genre] [Law/Torah/Pentateuch] [Leviticus] [apodictic] [casuistic] [Law]

February 25, 8PM

Here’s the video version of this podcast (the audio only version is here). It offers another approach to Ruth, this time borrowing from the Swiss scholar Crapon di Caprona and suggesting a reading of Ruth 2 that takes account of the cultural discrep... [Culture] [Narrative] [reading] [Ruth]

February 18, 9PM

I’ve not addressed Hebrews before in the 5minuteBible podcasts, and it’s a book I learned to love through studying it while learning Greek… yet one that’s strangely (or not so strangely) unpopular today… [Culture] [Hebrews]

February 14, 4PM

There are many ways in which the story-tellers of the Bible ensure that their tellings are lively and engaging. One is through the way they report speech. There is usually more “direct speech” (where the words of a character are “quoted&... [1 Samuel] [Jonah] [Narrative] [Ruth] [1 sam]

February 12, 5PM

Often in biblical narrative things “just seem to happen”, rather like they do in our lives But are such “happenings” chance or divine providence at work? We’ll try to decide, using Gen 37:12ff. (read with Gen 39) and Ruth 2... [Gapping] [Genesis] [Narrative] [Ruth]

February 10, 3PM

For the second part of this “A text without contexts is dumb” series we’ll think about cotext, the text that surrounds a text, providing context. The biblical examples come from Psalms and Ephesians. You might want to listen to Part 1 he... [Context] [Ephesians] [Psalms]

January 28, 6PM

What does it mean to “believe”? Can Alice in Wonderland help us avoid a common Evangelical error? And does “it’s in the Bible” end conversation about the “Canaanite genocide”?1 The scare quotes round Canaanite ge... [Deuteronomy] [faith] [Genocide] [Joshua] [Thessalonians] [Alice] [Alice in Wonderland] [faith] [Genocide] [Spirituality]

December 9 2012, 7AM

The second in what is becoming a series on Jephthah’s story1  I examine the question my friend actually asked, which was whether or not we the people should find Jephthah guilty of killing his only child, an anonymous daughter. Here’s the cas... [Judges] [daughter] [Jephthah]

December 4, 7AM

A friend on Facebook asked about her pastor’s interpretation of the story of Jephthah’s daughter, since that’s a “difficult” passage I thought it would make an interesting podcast. The trouble is I got waylaid, I spotted a di... [Judges] [headship] [Jephthah]

November 25, 9PM

Bonhoeffer has some hugely stimulating ideas in his discussion of the “fall” story in Genesis 3. Probably none are more stimulating, or easy to fail to grasp as his thought about “conscience” – at least difficult for people ... [Genesis] [theology] [Bonhoeffer] [conscience]

November 18, 6PM

Obadiah’s not a comedy. It is nasty, brutish though thankfully short. It is harder than usual to talk about this book as Israeli defense forces continue to rain destruction on Gaza though perhaps the placing of the book of Obadiah and my trip (start... [humour] [Obadiah] [humor]

November 6, 10AM

Gapping, where hearers have to “fill in” information that is missing in the text, is a really significant part of biblical story-telling. So, I’ll need to introduce the idea to next year’s Biblical Narrative class. Normally we R... [1&2 Corinthians] [Gapping] [Narrative] [2 Corinthians]

October 31, 7PM

Isaiah 40 besides being one of the pillars on which the book of Isaiah rests is magnificent. This podcast, trying to deal with the whole chapter can’t do it justice (for a bit more on the background try Isaiah 40 in Babylon) I may do some follow-up... [Isaiah]

October 28, 8PM

You cow! Is neither clever, nor funny, in today’s world. So why do I think Amos 4:1 was intended to be funny? Listen to find out There is a post with more detail on this verse on my blog here: The works referred to in this podcast were: King... [Amos] [humour] [humor]

October 22, 8PM

Amos 7:14 is a striking problem for interpreters, not least because what Amos is reported as saying to Amaziah seems to contradict what he is reported to be doing in the rest of the book. This makes it fertile ground for us to incorporate either our presu... [Amos] [Context] [reading]

October 17, 7PM

This is the first part of a short series (it might only be two parts, who knows on passages where God exegetes his own words. In this part we’ll look at 2 Samuel 7, where David wants to build a ‘house’ = temple for God, since he alread... [2 Samuel] [humour] [humor]

October 15, 9PM

Isaiah 6 is a powerful account of Isaiah’s dramatic vision in the temple, a little background brings this power sharply into focus. This post deals with only the first few words of the great account of Isaiah’s temple vision in Chapter 6. Mayb... [Isaiah]

October 7, 9PM

My tradition (the Baptist part of the Nonconformist or radical Reformation) has stressed the idea that Scripture is perspicuous, that the Bible is easy to understand, and that anyone can understand it – or at least grasp its essentials – witho... [(ana)baptist reading] [jesus] [reading] [Ezra]

October 3, 1PM

Here’s what I would have said if they had asked me about the Bible! (Not 5 minutes but 6, but it is a big topic and here are the usual downloadable links   [Genesis] [Marriage] [Marriage]

October 2, 9PM

This is not a 5 minute Bible but part of an interview for a Shine TV series. I wish I’d had more chance to speak about the Bible, and more oportunity to focus on the positive. Maybe I do need to do a podcast… [Marriage]

October 1, 5AM

In this post I’ll start looking at how we respond to the Bible’s silences, often there are questions we want to ask the Bible, which the Bible does not answer. What do we do then? Some of these questions, like the one I start with produce clas... [Genesis] [reading] [Ruth]

September 26, 5PM

William Blake: The Ghost of a Flea Prophets and prophecy: the most misunderstood part of OT, “mysterious messengers”. A random chunk from a prophetic book will offer a confusing, seemingly muddled, confusion of vivid picture language. Yet, three simpl... [3 simple rules] [Context] [E100] [Prophets] [reading] [prophet] [Prophets]

September 19, 2PM

To complete my little trilogy of ‘casts I turn to suggest a richer approach to “kingship” in Samuel than the simple messianism my previous ‘cast suggested. With the help of Oscar Wilde’s poems: Libertatis Sacra Fames (text an... [(ana)baptist reading] [1 Samuel]

September 17, 10AM

Following the Twisted Tales of the book of Judges (in the Hebrew Bible) comes Samuel. The opening of Samuel responds well to the questions posed by the horrid stories that ended Judges. [jesus] [Judges] [Hannah] [Samuel] [Song]

September 16, 8PM

Judges is definitely not suitable for Sunday School reading, the bits that are told are firmly censored, and few of us go back to notice what we are missing. But, if we do, what we find is a book chock full of horrid twisted tales, brutal, brutish and sad... [Judges] [Narrative] [Sex]

September 12, 2PM

The first chapter of Isaiah (which perhaps runs on to 2:4, but you decide provides an introduction to this book in three parts, laying out the “big story” at the start. [Isaiah]

September 9, 3PM

Juxtaposition: putting things together to make something “more than the sum of the parts” is a common artistic skill, it is common (but often unrecognised) in the Bible. As my least favourite book of the Bible helps reveal! [Isaiah] [Jonah] [Obadiah] [Juxtaposition]

September 2, 4PM

This post is a follow-up to the previous one, addressing submission in 1 Peter 3. 1 Peter 3:1 calls wives to -submit- to their husbands. What does it call husbands to do? Do our common English translations mislead us? Was Peter more revolutionary than we ... [1&2 Peter] [Gender] [Marriage] [translation] [1 Peter] [2 Peter] [Marriage]

August 30, 3PM

From Pearson Scott Foresman, via Wikimedia “Head” is often used as picture language. Because such language is always deeply cultural and even personal it is vital to think about what someone else means when they say head – unless it clea... [Colossians] [Context] [Culture] [Ephesians] [Gender] [Imagery] [headship]

August 29, 5PM

The Sydney Anglicans are suggesting women might want to promise to -submit- to their husbands. I argue that they are not being biblical enough, and don’t go half far enough! I begin with Martyn Lloyd-Jones fine introduction to reading Ephesians 5 an... [Context] [Ephesians] [Gender] [Anglican] [Marriage] [submission] [submit] [sydney] [sydney anglicans] [vows] [wedding]

August 27, 9PM

This post is not itself directly about the Bible, though it is thoroughly “biblical” as I’ll be happy to demonstrate if you ask targeted questions In the podcast I’ll take a pagan suggestion  from the Sidney Anglicans, and a sca... [Ephesians] [Gender] [Ephesiansd] [Marriage] [sydney anglicans]

August 24, 11PM

Jeremy Thompson pointed out on Facebook the interesting verse in 1 Kings 20:18 where Ben-Hadad having had a bit too much too drink when Israel comes out for battle: Says: 18 “If they have come out for peace, take them alive; if they have come out for wa... [1 Kings] [Narrative]

August 20, 3PM

Huffington Post article claiming the pais was the centurion’s sex partner produced a little flurry of posts and comment on the biblical blogs. Gavin at Otagosh in Jesus and the Centurion’s boy wrote: “I’m not sure the story actually h... [Gender] [jesus] [Luke] [Matthew]

August 15, 1PM

“…the more I have read and studied Scripture over the decades the more I become aware that the writers were more often sharp-tongued trouble makers with a biting sense of humour than they were safe moralisers like the LXX translators The Ltali... [humour] [Joel] [humor]

August 13, 7PM

Isaiah 1:2-31 forms a coherent unit and introduces the themes and “movements” of the book. It may help to either have your Bible open at the passage, or listen to this reading of the text first, as I refer to rather than read from the passage ... [Isaiah] [Sructure]

August 1, 9PM

“Citadel of Jerusalem”Color lithograph by David Roberts (1796–1864) The superscription in Isaiah 1:1 is not the only one in the book, which may be suggestive of the book’s own history. It also announces the book’s focus on Jerusa... [Isaiah]

July 29, 9PM

Describes why careful readers of Isaiah have for a thousand years thought of the book in (at least) three different imperial contexts. [Isaiah]

July 25, 5PM

Iconostasis of Transfiguration church, Kizhi monastery, Karelia, Russia (Wikipedia, Roman Z) the text (from Is 2:2) begins: “In the last days…” This podcast introduces the book (not the prophet) Isaiah. We’ll begin to think about h... [Isaiah]

July 17, 2PM

Jonah is carefully and neatly structured into four acts (the chapters): Act one: Jon 1:1-16 Pagan sailors converted Scene one: Jonah’s commission 1:1-3 Scene two: On a ship in a storm Jon 1:4-16 Jon 1:17 (MT & LXX 2:1) bridge Act two: Jon 2:1-10... [Jonah] [Narrative] [Structure]

July 16, 9PM

Like soap-operas, and other serials, biblical narratives with several episodes often seek to bridge between two parts. These bridges are often verses that serve to link one episode to another. We’ll look at examples from Ruth, Jonah and Genesis 2-3.... [Jonah] [Narrative] [Ruth] [Genesis]

June 20, 9PM

I’d like to sharpen this one. I am trying to explain and illustrate the second step of the five step process. Making reference mainly to Luke 9:1ff.. Any suggestions you have would be welcome [5 Steps] [Luke] [5 Steps]

May 31, 11PM

Biblical narrative is seldom clumsy and not often more complicated than it needs to be. So apparent clumsiness is usually intended to show us something. As I hope to convince you it does in Jonah 1:10.   [Jonah] [Narrative]

May 23, 5PM

Marking is a great stimulus for ideas for these podcasts. I thought I do a short series telling how the five step process works using one of our “test” passages. This first one is just step one, I’ll do the others later… [1&2 Corinthians] [5 Steps] [1 Corinthians] [5 Steps]

April 30, 5PM

With mothers’ day coming up it seems a good time to reissue an old post, with a new format and somewhat cleaned up audio. I briefly remind you of some of the passages that picture God as a midwife. The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) regularly pictures... [Gender] [Genesis] [Jeremiah] [Job] [OT] [Psalms] [theology] [Jeremiah]

April 22, 6PM

After several false starts I believe I now have 5 minute Bible working on iTunes Please let me know if you have difficulty finding/getting it, I believe a search for “5 minute Bible” under “podcasts” will show it. I have also cre... [Xtras]

April 16, 5PM

Attentive audience by San Jose Library I’ve been marking student assignments for a course on Genesis. The more I mark the more I become aware of the issue of the intended (expected/implied) audience. In this podcast I’ll suggest that the answe... [Genesis] [Implied audience]

March 25, 4PM

Photo by Kai Laborenz Like all good stories, and the Bible is before and after everything else a story, Scripture begins at the beginning. The beginning of everything, and a garden planted by God. Everything falls apart, for humans fall apart, and many of... [Bible in 5 mins] [jesus] [NT] [OT]

March 18, 6PM

Contents list from a typical Bible, showing "Books" with their abbreviations and page numbers. The Christian Bible is a big sprawling collection of documents from widely different time periods (roughly the end of the Bronze Age to the Roman empi... [Bible in 5 mins] [NT] [OT]

February 26, 8PM

Two Narrators by absentmindedprof Since I am teaching Genesis again I am filling out the gaps in my podcasts on this book. I think it is important to notice that Genesis is told to us by (at least) two narrators. The story comes to us as an edited text, t... [Genesis] [Structure]

February 22, 10PM

Andean Bear with her cubs an mage of YHWH (Photo by Smithsonian's National Zoo) In this podcast I’ll again argue that Robert Carroll gets it wrong. Despite his own fierce black humour he fails to acknowledge its presence or at least its prevalen... [Hosea] [humour]

February 1, 7PM

Torah scroll by Lawrie Cate One of the things I have not yet done as well as I’d like is to package these podcasts into convenient forms to give quick simple  introductions for students in classes I teach, so I’ve been collecting the posts on... [Law/Torah/Pentateuch]

December 13 2011, 2PM

Contradiction: Photo by topastrodfogna     In part one I drew attention to the problem that this verse seems to contradict what Paul himself approves and to some funny things going on in and around the verse. Here I’ll focus on my reason f... [1&2 Corinthians] [Context] [Gender] [Textual Criticism]

December 12, 3PM

Photo by Chicago Man Perhaps no Bible text illustrates the dangers of a simplistic reading of Scripture than 1 Cor 14:34. If we tear this verse from its cotext,1 and then read it as if the Bible were “God’s instruction manual for life” a... [1&2 Corinthians] [Context] [Gender] [Textual Criticism]

November 18, 3PM

Photo by Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden Many people think the Bible is like a hologram, any part of which shows the truth. The practice of scholars, preachers and teachers, of citing single verses or lists of verses to demonstrate something, encourages this vie... [Uncategorized]

November 17, 12 PM

Detail from sculpture in the church of San Moise in Venice (from photo by Dennis Jarvis) How do we picture Scripture? That is what is/are the (unconscious) models in our heads as we read and use the Bible? This ‘cast refers particularly to Gen 18:20... [Xtras]

November 1, 2PM

Like Esther, Daniel is set in a foreign court and telling to the trials and triumphs of exiled Judeans and is packed with humour at the expense of the imperial overlords. In this podcast I’m following an article by Hector Avalos from CBQ and focusin... [Daniel] [humour]

October 25, 4PM

Yeah, right! (Photo by swanksalot) Well,the end of the world has passed, again That’s the second time this year! It is the Bible that causes all the problems. or ratheit is bad reading of the Bible that causes all the problems. No book is more com... [Context] [Revelation]

September 17, 8PM

Life on the rubbish dumb in Mae Sot is "Better than Burma" Amos spoke about justice (photo by Jacob Baynham) In Understanding the prophets: Part one I spoke about the “Three Cons” as a key to reading the prophetic books of the Old Te... [3 simple rules] [Amos] [Prophets]

September 14, 9PM

Cow Dung Patties (photo by mary jane watson) If podcasts can have dedications, then this one is dedicated to Robert Carroll. The podcast is full or irony, first that of an introvert who spoke before thinking and who failed to read or digest a fine work by... [Ezekiel] [humour]

September 13, 9PM

When I searched for "my beloved among young men" (Song 2:3) this photo by Steve Punter turned up. Gender is not (only) a Feminist issue! I ended my double post Proverbs as a gendered text and Proverbs as a gendered text: Proverbs 31:10ff. with t... [Gender] [reading] [Song of Songs]

September 8, 5PM

Massebah at Gezer (Photo by Tim Bulkeley) Back to the longer series, just in case you thought I’d forgotten. Jeremiah has a harsh and cutting humour on almost every page. In this post we’ll look at Jer 2:26-28. And just so you don’t thin... [humour] [Jeremiah]

September 5, 2PM

Proverbs 31-19 Weaving "She handles the distaff, and her hands support the spindle" (Proverbs 31-19) Work by Dvorit Ben-Shaul - Photo by zeevveez The poem in Prov 31:10ff. has been read in various ways, by men and by women, as an oppressive and... [Gender] [Proverbs]

September 2, 3PM

Old Babylonian Queen of the Night (Ishtar?) Photo by seriykotik1970 While it is quite clear that Proverbs is a gendered text, the way it speaks of women is interesting. For a text coming from an ancient patriarchal society human women who serve as aspirat... [Gender] [Proverbs]

August 28, 1PM

How Raffael imagined Ezekiel's vision, but what was the point? (Raffaello Sanzio, Wikimedia Commons) I am doing a three part series at South City Baptist Church on Sunday afternoons on Understanding the prophets. This week thinking, about what a proph... [3 simple rules] [Prophets]

August 17, 3PM

Hut in a field on the Thai-Burma border (photo by Tim Bulkeley) At last, I’m on the home straight, the first of the prophets The prophetic books are packed with humour. But right at the start we’ll need to get one thing clear. Humour is not ... [humour] [Isaiah]

August 12, 2PM

A literalist reads the Song of Songs (from Dean & Laura of Acts 17-11) If you ever want to provoke laughter in church in the 21st century, just read a chunk of the Song of Songs, of course it works better if you get a couple to read to each other! The... [humour] [Imagery] [Song of Songs]

July 22, 1PM

Photo (again) by Abode of Chaos Never one reluctant to ask for more, David Ker has rightly pointed out that I did not explain how/why Ecclesiastes 10:5-15 is (and was meant to be) funny. So here goes…1 Oh, don’t worry, this won’t be a du... [Ecclesiastes/Qohelet] [humour]

July 21, 8PM

Avatar de Abode of Chaos "Vanité des vanités, dit l'Ecclésiaste" (Photo by Abode of Chaos) This series is just getting more and more interesting For Ecclesiastes I came across: Levine, Étan. “The Humor in Qohelet.” Zeitschrift fü... [Ecclesiastes/Qohelet] [humour]

July 11, 9PM

Ouch! (Photo by By Paul Garland) There certainly should certainly be humour in Proverbs, after all the books says: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. (Proverbs 17:22) And sure enough when I went humour-h... [humour] [Proverbs]

July 7, 10PM

In the Thai border town of Mae Aw, people from the nearby Burmese Shan province drop by to shop. They brave a rough trek of couple of hours - over the mountains - hiding from the Burmese army. Once here, they buy, pack their merchandise, have lunch and r... [humour] [Psalms]

June 29, 6PM

Jean Fouquet Job and his False Comforters 1452-60 Illumination Musée Condé, Chantilly After some quite difficult books, suddenly a couple in a row that are easy. Job is full of humour, for all its dreadful topic and storyline, or perhaps because of them... [humour] [Job]

June 21, 5PM

"The Banishment of Vashti" by Paolo Veronese, via Wikimedia Commons I have argued before that Esther is full of sexual and/or gendered humour, but that was before I took the topic of humour in the Bible (documents from very different cultural co... [Esther] [humour]