Daily Archives: April 3, 2011

Psalms 23, Pastoral Poetry

The 23rd Psalm, one of the most popular Psalms (if not the most ‘famous’ or popular), is very well known.  It ranks among the first portions of scripture young kids memorize and/or are read as a child (behind John 3:16 … Continue reading

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Weekend Announcements

I hope everyone is safely coming down to earth after the final four fog is lifting.  Here are some things to keep in mind as we move forward in the last month of the semester. 1.  See posts below for … Continue reading

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Futility: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Wisdom Literature

Ecclesiastes and Proverbs represent our first significant foray into Old Testament theodicy. Both are collections of knowledge about life that seem to take the reader outside of the Bible’s “theological triangle.”  Ecclesiastes in particular dramatizes the teachings of “Koheleth, son … Continue reading

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Job and Evil

Job is the quintessential example of Old Testament theodicy.  It is among the oldest parts of the Bible, and it asks questions that seem to occupy humans across cultures.  After reading examples from the text, consider the following questions.  Remember … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 in Early Modern Culture

On Monday’s class we’ll be considering one of the most famous poems in the Old Testament, Psalm 23.  Chances are, if you’ve heard of the Bible, you’ve heard of this poem.  For our class, we’ll read Psalm 23 as existing … Continue reading

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