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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