David’s Census (Or How I Learned to Read the Bible as One Book)

When the Chronicler retells the story of David’s kingdom, he “conveniently” leaves out the story of Bathsheba and Uriah. Is this because the Chronicler wants to show a more sanitized version of David’s story? One where he is shown as a hero? No, because the Chronicler finds an even worse transgression: the census.

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Friend to Beloved: Ruth 1:18-21

Ruth enjoins the covenant, and the covenant curses, upon herself to entwine her life with Naomi’s. Rather than elation, we find an all too familiar reality: disappointment, despite the work of God.

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