Category Archives: Biblical Teaching

What Was Wrong with Cain’s Offering? A Possible Hint from Hebrew Grammar

[I post a lot about Old Testament/Hebrew Bible on this blog. This post explores one of the perennial problem passages in the early chapters of Genesis.  Originally posted 03/2009] One of the many crux interpretums in the early chapters of … Continue reading

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The Problematic Portrayal of God in the Prologue to Job

One of the reasons I am reluctant to translate or even understand (as a later theological move) “the Adversary” (‏השׂטן) in the prologue to the Book of Job as “Satan,” rather than as a prosecuting attorney figure (if you do … Continue reading

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The Androgynous Adam: Sex and Sexuality in the Garden

Claude Mariottini, over at his eponymous blog, drew our attention to a couple recent books on the Bible and Sex, Michael Coogan’s God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says (New York: The Hachette Book Group, 2010; buy from Amazon.ca … Continue reading

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Adam’s Premature Ejection

One of the challenges we face with interpreting some biblical stories is the problem of familiarity. We don’t really read the text carefully because we already know what it means. This is the case for many of us when we … Continue reading

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Disturbing Divine Behaviour

As a follow up to my last post, I wanted to put a plug in for a recently published book that also explores the difficult issue of the violent portrayal of God in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament — a book … Continue reading

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My Ways Are Not Your Ways: The Violent Portrayal of God in the Hebrew Bible

There was a fascinating conference sponsored by the University of Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion at the beginning of September. The title of the conference was, “My Ways Are Not Your Ways: The Character of the God of … Continue reading

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Christian Carnival CCXCIV (#294 for those who don’t do Roman)

Welcome to the 294th installment of the Christian Carnival, a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. Biblical Studies First up are some posts relating to biblical studies. Jeremy over at Parableman has a post … Continue reading

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Friday Fun: The Tithe Rap

I found this video lame and funny at the same time: I actually will be preaching on stewardship in the next month; perhaps I should show this video. Of course, the problem I have with the video is that I … Continue reading

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What Does Harmonizing Genesis 1 and 2 Really Accomplish?

I am teaching an undergraduate course on the book of Genesis this semester and have been reflecting on how to best read the creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2. Many of my students have been brought up to read … Continue reading

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Jehovah, Adonai, LORD, Yahweh: What’s In a Name?

The Vatican made the news recently with the barring of the pronunciation of the name “Yahweh” — the proper name used for Israel’s God in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament — in Catholic worship. It appears that the use of the … Continue reading

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