Category Archives: Biblical History

On The Kuleshov Effect In Text

For those who study cinematography or directing, the Kuleshov effect is the way that the context of film shots gives more detail than the shots separately do.  The presence of shots adjacent to each other presents a context that informs … Continue reading

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On The Purposes Of Job’s Suffering

Yesterday in his latest installment in a series of sermons relating to the book of Ephesians, our pastor made an offhand comment that a fellow member of our church’s Council of Elders had stated that the purpose of the book … Continue reading

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Book Review: Who Is Jesus?

Who Is Jesus?:  Linking The Historical Jesus With the Jesus Of Faith, by Darrell L. Bock In one sense, this book is an example of colossal hubris.  At first, when I read the beginning of this book, I was ready … Continue reading

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Learning From The Gaps

As someone who frequently likes to read the Bible and write about it, I think it is worthwhile to learn from what the Bible does not talk about just as much about what it does talk about.  From seeing the … Continue reading

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The Wedding Of Isaac And Rebekkah, Or The Greatest Servant Ever, Part Two

The wedding, if you can call it, between Isaac and Rebekkah takes place in Genesis 24, and it is a fascinating story, where there is a great deal of interest in the details of ancient life, with a great deal … Continue reading

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The Days Of Unleavened Bread And The Problem Of Khol Ha-Moedim

Yesterday, when writing about the question of the tradition of Winter Family Weekends for those of us who eschew the worship of heathen festivals [1], I commented that I would deal with the question of the observance of the “middle … Continue reading

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For You Have Struggled With God And With Men, And Have Prevailed

One of my favorite stories of the Bible takes place in Genesis 32:22-32, the wrestling of God with Jacob, which reads as follows:  “And he arose that night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven … Continue reading

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A Man Who Things Happen To

One of the most notable aspects of Isaac is that he is a man who things happen to.  There are some people in scripture who are best known for what they do.  We imagine Moses holding his staff over the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hillel: If Not Now, When?

Hillel:  If Not Now, When?, by Joseph Telushkin In general, I enjoyed reading this book.  For one, I must admit that my knowledge of the Jewish context of the New Testament, even when I do not consider writers like this … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Archaeology Of Jerusalem

The Archaeology Of Jerusalem:  From The Origins To The Ottomans, by Katharina Galor and Hanswulf Bloedhorn This particular book is one that seeks to toe a difficult line between showing appreciation for all aspects of the past and wrestling with … Continue reading

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