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Proverbs: How Human Wisdom Becomes Divine
June 3, 2017 by Tim Mackie & Whitney Woollard
When you turn to the book of Proverbs and read the opening line, “The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel” (1:1), you expect to start reading proverbs—short, clever sayings that pack a punch and offer you some kind of wisdom on the good life. But that’s not what you get.
Book of Job: God Gives Job a Virtual Tour of His Wise World
May 27, 2017 by Timothy Mackie
In this blog, we’ll explore the final chapters of the book of Job, which are puzzling and profound. To gain some context for this essay, it will help to read last week’s blog (link here) where we looked at the book’s introduction (chs. 1-2), and the dialogue Job has with his friends about the meaning of his suffering.
Book of Job: What’s Going on Here?
May 20, 2017 by Timothy Mackie
So, you’re in the Old Testament book of Job. Way to go! Get ready for the mental roller coaster that lies ahead! You’ve stepped into one of the most sophisticated and mind-bending literary works in the Bible.
Nahum’s Oracle & Habakkuk’s Grievance
May 13, 2017 by Aeron Sullivan
The Scroll of the Twelve, or in the Christian tradition, what are referred to as the “Minor Prophets,” are not intended to be read in isolation of one another, but rather as a unified whole.
Hosea & Amos: Two Sides of Covenant Failure
May 6, 2017 by Whitney Woollard
Reading the Book of the Twelve, commonly referred to as the “Minor Prophets,” can be really disorienting. These books are full of poetic language, metaphors, and imagery unfamiliar to modern ears. Also, they speak a lot about God’s judgment, which can feel like a total downer.
Isaiah and the Suffering Servant King
April 29, 2017 by Timothy Mackie
Last week’s blog explored Isaiah’s message about the future messianic King in chapters 1-39. We learned that God’s promise to David was offered to each and every generation of David’s descendants. One by one they all failed to be faithful, and so they did not inherit the fulfillment of the promise.
Isaiah and the Messianic King
April 22, 2017 by Timothy Mackie
Reading the books of the biblical prophets is challenging. They’re written in ancient Hebrew poetry and narrative style, which is really different from modern poetry or narrative. Also, these books assume that the reader has a fairly good understanding of the final two centuries that led up to the tragic end of the Israelite kingdoms.
Jerusalem Has Fallen: Despair & Hope
April 16, 2017 by Tim Mackie & Aeron Sullivan
For followers of Jesus, the story of his life, death, and resurrection is the absolute center of our practice, belief, and worldview. It’s the central event which generated the entire Christian story and the New Testament.
Kings Vs. Prophets
April 9, 2017 by Tim Mackie & Whitney Woollard
It’s easy to read 1 and 2 Kings and think of it as a history of Israel. While it does tell the story of Israel and the succession of its kings, the author isn’t writing history just for the sake of history.
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