Monthly Archives: November 2015

Deuteronomy 18: Priests, Prophets and Forbidden Magic

Deuteronomy 18: 1-8: The Levitical Priests 1 The levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, shall have no allotment or inheritance within Israel. They may eat the sacrifices that are the LORD’s portion 2 but they shall have no inheritance … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 17: A Society Structured Around One Lord

Deuteronomy 16:20-17:7 Only the LORD your God 1You must not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep that has a defect, anything seriously wrong; for that is abhorrent to the LORD your God.                 2 If … Continue reading

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Mark’s Portrait of the Jesus and the World He Lived in Part 5

Mark’s Portrait of the Jesus and the World He Lived in Part 5: Structure and Reading in Light of the Cross This final entry on these windows into how Mark presents Jesus and his world to us deals with two … Continue reading

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Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and The World He Lived in Part 4

Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and The World He Lived in Part 4: A Scripture Shaped World When I originally did my presentation on the Gospel of Mark and the way that it interacts with the world in which Jesus lived … Continue reading

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Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and the World He Lived In: Part 3

Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and the World He Lived In: Part 3 Second Temple Judaism: Pharisees, Sadducees and Zealots, oh my The time of Jesus’ ministry takes place within a time scholars call Second Temple Judaism. Second Temple Judaism is … Continue reading

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Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and the World in which He Lived Part 2

Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and the World in which He Lived Part 2: The Pax Romans and the Peace of Christ In the 1990s and early 2000s there was a vast amount of writing done by New Testament scholars that … Continue reading

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Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and the World He Lived In: Part 1

Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and the World He Lived In   This is originally a class I did with my congregation in February and March of 2015, where I looked at several different ways to approach Mark’s gospel and the … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 16: Celebrations, Remembrance and Justice

  Deuteronomy 16: 1-17: Passover, the Festival of Weeks, and the Festival of Booths 1Observe the month of Abib by keeping the passover for the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you … Continue reading

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Not of One Mind

I argue with myself each day Of what to do and what to say Do I act polite or misbehave Act the fool or face try to save Each choice comes with voices who Each try to tell me what … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 15: A Life of Covenant Generosity

Deuteronomy 15: 1-18 Forgiveness of Debts 1 Every seventh year you shall grant a remission of debts. 2 And this is the manner of the remission: every creditor shall remit the claim that is held against a neighbor, not exacting … Continue reading

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