Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Reflections on this week’s Lectionary readings, focusing on our roles as evangelists of the Epiphany. This week reflects on the contents of the message, what we are called to (both positively and negatively), and the promise of the Lord for those on mission.

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How to Spot an Allusion

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.

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Obadiah, though it is a short book, it chock full of biblical theology that goes unnoticed. Most Christians I know barely give the book more than a passing glance or read it to say that they read an entire book of the Bible that day. This post will analyze Obadiah’s commentary on the role of Edom in redemption-history with nods toward Isaiah and Jeremiah.

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The Story of Noah and Ham


I think we’ve all fundamentally misunderstood the point of the story of Noah. We’re hellbent on making the patriarchs in Genesis look like bad sinners, probably for two reasons: to make God seem better and to make men seem worse to support doctrines of original sin and total depravity. I don’t think this is warranted by the text of Genesis at all, and I’ll spend this post suggesting a new reading of the story of Noah and suggesting what Ham’s sin really was.

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The Scriptures and Polygamy


Some people have asked me why I think the Bible doesn’t seem to explicitly condemn people who have more than one wife. Usual examples of this include David and Solomon, both of whom don’t seem to be called out on their polygamy. Abraham, too, had many wives but he is never called out either. Does this mean that the Bible accepts polygamous relationships?

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