Tag: interpretation

Christian Humanist Profiles 139: Honey of Souls

In the early 6th century, darkness was falling on the Rome’s Western Empire. Old Rome was waning, barbarians sat on the imperial throne, and smouldering tension with the Byzantine Eastern Empire threatened to explode at any moment. In this time of crisis, a man from an old Italian family, trained in orthodox Christianity and classical…

BrueggeBlog 8: It’s All Interpretation

Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy   God-Verbs The Gospel of Plurality Theological Dialectics My Creatio ex Nihilo Copout First to the Jews, then to the Nations Mediation and Dispute and Authority It’s All Interpretation It’s funny how pendulums (pendula?) shift.  In my own relatively brief lifetime (as I write this I’m 36), and as I’ve taught and interpreted…

Becoming Israel: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 20 October 2013

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 20 October 2013 (Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year C) Jeremiah 31:27-34 and Psalm 119:97-104  • Genesis 32:22-31 and Psalm 121  • 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5  • Luke 18:1-8 When a passage in the Bible leaves us in darkness, Augustine teaches us, we should reach towards a bit of the Bible that sheds more light, and the mysterious bit we would do…

The Just, the Kingly, and the Tragic: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 27 March 2011

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 27 March 2011 (Third Sunday of Lent, Year A) Exodus 17:1-7 •Psalm 95 •Romans 5:1-11 •John 4:5-42 I remember a palpable disappointment when I learned that Neil Armstrong botched his famous line. Even before I was on the track to becoming a teacher of literature and language, I had a…

For Our Instruction: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 5 December 2010

  Revised Common Lectionary Page for 5 December 2010 (Second Sunday of Advent, Year A) Isaiah 11:1-10 • Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 • Romans 15:4-13 • Matthew 3:1-12 There was a time when I would have found Saint Paul’s initial statement in this week’s reading unbearably arrogant.  After all, the principles of responsible reading that I…

Lawyers and Poets: A Review of The Gospel You've Never Heard for the Ooze Viral Bloggers

Who Really Goes to Hell?: The Gospel You’ve Never Heard: What a Protestant Bible written by Jews  says about God’s work through Christ: A book for those in the church and offended by it By David I. Rudel 188 pp. Biblical Heresy Press. $11.00 First of all, I must start by saying that rarely have…

Jackals and Owls and the Poor: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 21 March 2010

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 21 March 2010 (Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year C) Isaiah 43:16-21 •  Psalm 126 •  Philippians 3:4b-14 •  John 12:1-8 What do jackals and owls and dragons and ostriches have in common?  They’re all translators’ attempts to translate some of the animal names in this week’s Isaiah reading.  The problem that translators run into…