Monthly Archives: March 2011

David and Jonathan: Impact on Today’s Culture

We talked about the impact of David and Jonathan’s “bromance” relationship in class, but I thought it would be interesting to see the real impact on today’s culture. First, I was to start off with a great clip from Scrubs … Continue reading

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Important Weekend Announcements and Schedule Updates

I covered most of this in class on Friday, but here are a few bits of information to keep in mind as we head into the week in which our major essay is due. 1.  Please bring two printed copies … Continue reading

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Rough Draft: Joseph a Godly Character or Tyrannt

Since I missed the last week of classes I am just now able to post my rough draft. I know that it’s late and my draft still needs some work, but I would appreciate anyone’s comments. Joseph- A Godly Character … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Isaiah, Poetry, and Bloom

The similarities in the selected readings of Isaiah to Christ in the New Testament are undeniable.  Particularly in Isaiah 53, is says:      But he was wounded because of our sins,      Crushed because of our iniquities.      He bore … Continue reading

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Cyrus’s Cylinder

The chapters from 49-53 in Isaiah have been said to be some of the most controversial versus in the bible, and upon reading them it is quite apparent the reasons why.  Numerous questions have come up, and then from them … Continue reading

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More on The Servant Songs

While reading The Servant Songs in Isaiah and Harold Bloom on The Suffering Servant, my mind kept drifting and going on to a further topic in the Bible: Jesus, the Messiah. I know that in The Suffering Servant that the … Continue reading

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Weekend Announcements

Happy post-spring break, everyone! I hope we all took the prophet Isaiah’s advice to heart:  “eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.”  Here are a few things to keep in mind as we get back into the rhythm … Continue reading

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The Aesthetics of Biblical Poetry

The “Reading Biblical Poetry” essay in the back of the Jewish Study Bible goes to great lengths to describe the form and function of biblical Hebrew poetry.  The chapter appears to be a smattering of information about formal devices and technical … Continue reading

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Sample Roundup: Psalm 23 and Culture

In a couple of weeks, we’ll be reading one of the most famous poems from the Bible, the 23rd. Psalm.  As we approach that day, I wanted to take a look at what people have been saying recently about the … Continue reading

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The Servant Songs

Next week, on Wednesday, we’ll be reading some sections of II and III Isaiah.  In addition to the selections indicated, please read Harold Bloom on the Suffering Servant.  This is a section from his book, Jesus and Yahweh:  The Names Divine.  … Continue reading

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What did they see?

Sean Gillespie Eng271 3/10/11 The Influence of Theophany in the Old Testament             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 … Continue reading

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The Battle of Brothers: The Old Testament and Sibling Rivalry

The topic of sibling rivalry is a very prevalent subject for most. According to the New World Encyclopedia, sibling rivalry is merely the competition that exists among brothers and sisters for attention. Sibling rivalry happens in most families, as nearly … Continue reading

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The Creation of Boundaries in the Literary Character of the Old Testament

In his 1957 volume Dynamics of Faith, the philosopher-theologian Paul Tillich proffered a definition of religious faith as “the state of being ultimately concerned”. [1] “Ultimate concern”, in Tillich’s view, is the status for which all the physical and psycho-social … Continue reading

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What it Means to Be Unclean

Here is my rough draft. Holiness in Leviticus Below are some questions I have for readers:

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An Exodus in America

An Exodus in America While many people in today’s society are struggling due to economic downfalls, and overbearing governments filled with corruption, they often ask, “Why?” and many times never receive an answer.  Others look for answers by turning towards … Continue reading

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