My review of John Walton’s “Lost World of Torah”.Continue reading ““The Lost World of Torah” (Walton, 2019) Review”
What the Tower of Babel says about us – and what God’s response warns us about and gives us hope in.
The Orthodox Church takes a different approach to the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden. Rather than the bare bones approach modern theologians take with the story (Adam is created, then Eve, then they are tempted, and expelled), the Orthodox Church has a rich tradition of expansion to the narrative. I explore a few of the aspects here.
Adam learned about himself and God through animals. The Proverbs also show us how Solomon gained his wisdom: by studying the animals. How do the animals teach us? Can theology justify a degree in zoology?
In this post, I am going to outline a methodology for finding allusions in the Scriptures proposed by Dale Allison in The New Moses: A Matthean Typology. This post will outline a few details from his book with a few emendations of my own.
Modern readers of the Scriptures try many different ways to engage the text and faithfully live according to the revelation of God therein. Some read the Scriptures through the lens of text criticism, some through historical context, and some through the lens of their denomination’s theology. Most would claim that God is the author behind the text, and thereby the Scriptures become profitable for teaching and reproof. But what if we were reading it wrong? What if our post-Enlightenment eyes were searching the Scriptures in the wrong places?
What do dinosaurs have to tell us about the chronology of Genesis? I think that the early chapters of Genesis, the so-called “primeval history” leave a lot blank not because that history is not important, but because the Bible gives us the tools to reconstruct what happened based on patterns and cycles familiar to us from the rest of Scripture.
Leviticus, as the sacrificial law of the land of Israel (no pun intended on any front), is a recapitulation of the redemption history of Israel and is the basis for which the future of Israel would be written. This post will examine how Leviticus recapitulates the past and symbolically designs the future.
On the origin of Mystery Babylon in Zechariah 5
There’s some oddities in the Genesis account of Abraham that don’t seem to make a lot of sense if taken at face value. Abram is called and God makes a part of a covenant with him, only to reify the covenant in chapters 15 and 18. Why the tripartite covenant? Why not make it all at once? I suggest that it’s because we’re watching the maturation of Abram from priest to prophet, completing the tasks that Adam left undone in his sin.