Category Archives: Scripture

Psalm of a Soiled Dove

Crossposted from BLT **What follows is a flight of theological imagination** Psalm 84 The original author of this psalm was a young woman, perhaps a Midianite, who was ravished away from her home by a pillaging army and forced to … Continue reading

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Deliverance: the Movement from Pain to Praise

I recently attended a talk given by Dr. Rosann Catalano, a Roman Catholic theologian and scholar at the Institute for Christian-Jewish Studies, on the topic of pain and suffering in the Bible. Dr. Catalano (who is an excellent speaker, by … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection: Keep on keepin’ on, and when you can’t keep on no more, get some help

I loved today’s first reading from Exodus 17. When Moses has his hands lifted up to God, Israel prevails; when he lets his hands rest, Amalek prevails. So what does he do? Well, actually, the question is, what do Aaron … Continue reading

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Historia, Theoria

in the Alexandrian tradition of biblical exegesis … every Old Testament narrative (historia) is expected to have a corresponding Christian allegorical meaning (theōria). – Richard Bauckham, writing about the The Bride of God or the Lost Gospel of Joseph and … Continue reading

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A lesbian and a fundamentalist….

Read this powerful witness from Kimberly Knight, a lesbian progressive Christian laywoman, about her in-person conversation with Billy Humphrey, a straight fundamentalist Christian minister: A lesbian and a fundamentalist walk into a bar. Substantive conversations across such an ecclesial and … Continue reading

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The Fig Tree

I’m reading Robert G. Hamerton-Kelly’s The Gospel and the Sacred: Poetics of Violence in Mark, and am really engaged by some of the ideas he proposes. Here’s one of them. The pericope of the fig tree has puzzled me & … Continue reading

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Check out the theological Star Trek humor over at Exploring Our Matrix.

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The Hebrew Bible as Background to the Gospels

Phillip Long is doing another good series, this one on Background to the Gospels. The primary “background” for the Gospels is the Hebrew Bible. Anyone who approaches the Gospels without a knowledge of the history and culture of the Hebrew … Continue reading

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Parsing Paul: Quantitative and Qualitative Results

The paper pretty much followed my original plans. In the final paper, which I titled Parsing Paul: Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Commentary on Six Passages from Romans[1], I examined commentary on verses 3:20-30, 4:25, 5:5, 6:19-23, 8:30-33, and 10:3-9, in … Continue reading

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Talbert’s commentary on Romans

Romans by Charles H. Talbert My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow! This is an excellent commentary. Talbert draws *heavily* on intertestamental and extra-canonical materials, including relatively recent discoveries such as the Qumran documents, and presents ample historical and cultural … Continue reading

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