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Ruth: BIG Message in a SHORT Story
March 11, 2017 by The Bible Project
You can read so many of the books of the Old Testament looking for a great children’s tale suitable for bedtime stories, and if this is all you‘re looking for, it’s all you will find. However, below the surface, there is so much more.
Judgment or Cruelty? Conquering the Promised Land
March 4, 2017 by Tim Mackie & Aeron Sullivan
There are few stories in the Old Testament as challenging and troubling to modern readers as God’s command that the Israelites should do away with the Canaanites and take over their land (see Deut 7, or Josh 6-12). Is this the same God that revealed himself in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus? Does this qualify as genocide?
Deuteronomy & Exile Predicted
February 25, 2017 by Tim Mackie & Aeron Sullivan
Those reading through the final chapters of Deuteronomy might find themselves feeling a little unfulfilled. Nearly all of the plot tensions that have developed from the earliest chapters in Genesis, through the entire Torah narrative, remain unresolved! Abraham’s family is really big now, but they’re still not in the Promised Land, and all the nations have not yet discovered God’s blessing.
What is the Shema?
February 18, 2017 by Timothy Mackie
The Shema refers to a couple lines from the book of Deuteronomy (6:4-5), that became a daily prayer in Ancient Israelite tradition. It’s the equivalent of the Lord’s prayer (“Our Father in heaven…”) in Christian tradition.
Israel’s Rebellion in the Wilderness
February 11, 2017 by Timothy Mackie
In last week’s blog, we explored Israel’s central sacrificial ritual, the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16). No matter what happened, Israel’s sins were covered and removed for yet another year. Now that Israel has a working tabernacle, the tribes are organized and prepared to leave the mountain.
Old Rituals & New Realities
February 4, 2017 by Tim Mackie & Aeron Sullivan
In last week’s blog, we talked about animal sacrifice within the context of the Ancient Israelite culture. If we lost you at “animal sacrifice,” we suggest you go back and read that blog first! We explored how these sacred rituals were symbols of God’s love and mercy for the Israelites.
Animal Sacrifice? Really?
January 29, 2017 by Tim Mackie & Aeron Sullivan
There is a chance that when you enter Leviticus and start reading about animal sacrifice, you’ll want to shut down. This is so foreign to the life experience of modern Westerners; most people simply don’t have categories for what’s happening here.
When Pharaoh’s Heart Grew Harder
January 21, 2017 by Timothy Mackie
Let’s be honest, Exodus 1-18 is a super intense part of the biblical story, which raises some heavy theological questions. The epic showdown between God and Pharaoh over the fate of the enslaved Israelites is a page-turner. Pharoah is a really bad man—actually the worst person we have met in the Bible so far. As you read these stories, you may be tempted to ask, who is really calling the shots here?
Biblical Storytelling : Repetition & Themes
January 14, 2017 by Tim Mackie
Another crucial skill for reading the Bible effectively is learning how the biblical authors have designed these books to make the main ideas clear.
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