Monthly Archives: February 2011

A Few Questions about the Midterm study guide.

So I was looking over the midterm study guide this weekend and I came across a couple things that I am unsure about. I tried to look them up but I came up with nothing, so if anyone could help … Continue reading

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On the Homosexual or Homosocial David and Jonathan…

The story of David and Jonathan is perhaps the closest, most controversial relationship between men in the history of the Old Testament, if not beyond. How is it that this one story has posed so many arguments and interpretations over … Continue reading

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Reading Focus: 1 Samuel 18-23; 2 Samuel 1. We’ve already seen how clothes function as a metaphors in the Joseph cycle.  The motif appears again in 1 Samuel (in many places, but most notably when David and Jonathan exchange clothing … Continue reading

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Judges and Terrorism

When reading through Judges, please consider especially chapters 13-16 There are several well-known episodes in the book of Judges, but perhaps none has drawn more attention recently than the account of Samson.   Samson’s calling as a Nazarite leader, his strength, … Continue reading

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Midterm Study Guide

On Friday, one week from today, we’ll have our midterm examination.  Everything we’ve covered in the class thus far is fair game, including what we’ve read and what we’ve discussed in class.  Remember, that to whom much is given, even more is … Continue reading

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Accepting the Human Condition

Every human culture on the planet has developed a cosmology.  Is this a cultural need for any society to function?  Or is it a response to man’s need for answers to his questions.  Or is it an intrinsic need of … Continue reading

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What did Lot and Moses really see?

Throughout the books we have read in the Old Testament there have been many instances of angels appearing to ordinary people in many different ways. They have profound influence on the lives of the people they visit, and the ways … Continue reading

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Prospectus: A Whole New World

Since the beginning of time, humans have had a struggle for power over each other.  This can be plainly seen in the text of Exodus, where the Egyptians oppress the Israelites into slavery out of fear for their numbers.  And, … Continue reading

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Prospectus: The Sruggle of Developing Monotheistical Worship from a Polytheistical Culture

What makes the worship of one god so difficult?  Why are the pages of scriptural text littered with the failure of Israel to maintain a monogamous relationship with their God?  Hebrew, Israelite, and Jew are all terms used to refer … Continue reading

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Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

In the book of Genesis, each generation shows brothers or sisters who competed. Often the competition became bitter and even violent at times. Genesis features the sibling rivalries between Cain and Abel , Esau and Jacob, Ishmael and Isaac, Leah … Continue reading

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Prospectus: War and the Old Testament

To say that war occurs often in the Old Testament of the Bible would be a complete understatement. Not only does it just occur, but it occurs violently and seemingly without remorse against the enemies of Israel. This ruthless depiction … Continue reading

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Prospectus: Laws of God and Man: The Decalogue and Holiness Code of Leviticus

Laws touch on every aspect of our lives. Birth and death, marriage, taxes, traffic, the buying and selling of property—nearly all of our daily activities as people require predetermined arrangements for conduct between the parties involved. Westerners today tend to … Continue reading

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Joseph: The Most Gentle Revenge.

“Just because you wouldn’t feed a baby to a bear doesn’t mean you know right from wrong.” – Me. Joseph is a shining example, to me, of someone who has the knowledge to differentiate between right and wrong. More importantly, … Continue reading

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Prospectus: Incest to save the human race?

I think we can all recall the story of Lot and his two daughters. The story first starts out with Lot, being a humble host, welcomes in two men (really the angels sent from God) into his home. The men … Continue reading

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Prospectus: Joseph – Godly Character or Tyrant?

In class we talked a lot about the story of Joseph and how Joseph’s moral character affected how he is treated throughout the story. Is he arrogant about being his father’s favorite son? Is his personality a main cause of … Continue reading

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