Tag Archives: Israel

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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Deuteronomy 14: Boundary Markers and Celebrations

Deuteronomy 14 1 You are children of the LORD your God. You must not lacerate yourselves or shave your forelocks for the dead. 2 For you are a people holy to the LORD your God; it is you the LORD … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 7 A People Set Apart

Deuteronomy 7: 1-6: The Command to Destroy When the LORD your God brings you into the land that you are about to enter and occupy, and he clears away many nations before you– the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 1: Retelling The Story For A New Time

Deuteronomy 1: 1-8 Retelling the Story These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan– in the wilderness, on the plain opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Di-zahab. 2 (By the way of … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority: A Brief History Part 5: A New Crisis of Collapse in Judaism and a Summary of Authority to this Point

Detail of the Arch of Titus Showing the Sack of Jerusalem Judea and Galilee have had the seeds of revolt planted in the popular memory of the Maccabees and in the practices that have held their identity as a Jewish … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority: A Brief History Part 2: King, Temple and the Prophetic Critique

 So Samuel reported all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority: A Brief History Part 1: Families, Clans and Tribes

For those who despise history, and I know that there are many out there, I will warn you that I am beginning a long engagement with looking back through time at the narrative of where authority has rested at various … Continue reading

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