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Not a Fib

July 21, 2011 Leave a comment

“The divine name that is explicitly associated with [the Abrahamic covenant] is ‘êl šadday. Its sign is the circumcision” (The Oxford Study Bible, page 154).

Does not the word Shaddai mean God’s breast? How strange that God would give Abraham this explicitly feminine name to call her, and then ask him to respond with an explicitly masculine sign. I don’t know, maybe not so strange. Read more…

We Want a Boys’ Band

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment

“Archeology is clearly of enormous value in reconstructing the general biblical world. It is far less secure as a means of validating the specific biblical world. Archaeological evidence is more indirect than direct…. It may indeed be the case, though perhaps less common than we might expect, that archaeological data do confirm individual biblical passages. Yet what is meant by the truth of the Bible is not in fact subject to the kind of confirmation that archaeology can provide” (Oxford Study Bible, page 53).

Here again we return to this phenomenon of information: facts can be verified, but it’s not facts we’re after. What we want is Read more…

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God is the Egg Shell, God is the Sky

January 19, 2011 Leave a comment

In the ancient Near East, religion was the standard by which things were understood and judged. It was the unquestioned, unquestionable root of reality, and however fantastic its suppositions may have been, they were not metaphorical. They were fact. The serpent spoke. Ladders descended from heaven. God walked in the garden. Once, “religion provided the map or contract or set of rules needed to maintain the established order” (Oxford Study Bible, page 6). Once, it defined everything.

Somewhere along the way, that touchstone was exchanged for another. Today, science is our society-wide lingua franca of reality, of truth, and in a way, this has made religion effectively a hobby. Granted, faith is still authoritative for many, many people, but it cannot be denied that science has Read more…

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