Monthly Archives: January 2011

Joseph, Clothing, and Theology

Even though Dolly Parton sang so earnestly and nostalgically of Joseph’s coat of many colors, biblical scholars have taken a closer look at the text and have concluded that there’s nothing there that indicates the coat Joseph received was anything … Continue reading

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Abraham, Isaac, and Covenant

On Friday, we’ll be reading the ‘Akedh, or the 22nd chapter of Genesis that recounts the near killing of Isaac by Abraham and the institution of the covenant.  To prepare for our discussion, you’ll want to read Gen. 22, and … Continue reading

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Some Translation Questions from the Creation Account

On Wednesday’s class, we spent some time talking about the translation of the Bible’s first sentence.  One of the first and most important scholars to take up the debate of translating Gen. 1:1 was E.A. Speiser.  In his Anchor Bible … Continue reading

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The Lot Complex

For Wednesday’s class, we’ll focus on the Lot sequence in Genesis 19-20.  Re-read this brief section and also read The Lot Complex chapter by Robert Polhemus, which comes from his 2005 book, Lot’s Daughters:  Sex, Redemption, and Women’s Quest for … Continue reading

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Many Different Readings of the Creation Narratives

As we turn to the first three chapters of Genesis, we see two different creation narratives, the work of two distinct theological perspectives we now know.  Marc Brettler interprets the J writer’s creation account (Genesis 2:4b-3:24) as a story about … Continue reading

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Snow Day and Week Ahead

Obviously,  the weather prohibited us from meeting in class this morning. We’ll move into our third week of classes without having had a full week, but that’s okay.  On Monday, we’ll briefly cover the contents of the Documentary Hypothesis and … Continue reading

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Who Wrote the Bible?

For many years, the traditional view about the authorship of the Torah is that God imparted words to Moses, who wrote them down directly. See, for instance, Deuteronomy 31: When Moses had put down in writing the words of this … Continue reading

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Creation then… Creation Again?

Genesis 1-25 takes its readers on a hundreds of years journey from the beginning of time up to Esau selling his birth right to his younger brother Jacob for a bowl of stew. As I read through the first 25 … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr. & Weekend Announcements

Remember that there will be no class tomorrow, Jan. 17.  Instead, we’ll be remembering the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. King will be a frequent subject of conversation in our class.  He often alluded to … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Reading the Old Testament as Literature

Here are a few of my notes on what it means to read the Old Testament as Literature. What Reading the Old Testament as Literature Is Reading the Old Testament as literature means that one reads the text critically. One … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to Read the Old Testament as Literature?

When we come back to class on Friday, we’ll continue our discussion of what it means to read the Old Testament as literature.  Different ways of asking this question might be, “what does it mean to study the OT as … Continue reading

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