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Ecclesiastes, Heraclitus, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

20 August 2010 Biblical Studies

In Plato’s dialogue Cratylus, Socrates gives us one of Heraclitus’s most important ideas: You cannot step twice into the same stream. For Heraclitus, this idea epitomized his doctrine of flux — everything is constantly changing. Though it may seem as if you are stepping into the same stream a second time, so much has changed since you have stepped into it — you are feeling different water molecules, there are microscopic shifts in sediment, the temperature has changed by a thousandth of a degree, etc.

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The Psychology of Abraham (Genesis 22)

16 July 2009 Biblical Studies

When considering Genesis 22, I am most intrigued by the psychology of Abraham. God (Elohim) comes to him and commands that he sacrifice Isaac. Now, Isaac, of course, was the fulfillment of God’s promise. Through Isaac and his offspring Abraham was supposed to be come a great nation. After so many years of waiting and hoping, he and Sarah finally have this promised child. Now, God is asking that Abraham trust him in a rather insane way. How can Abraham possibly do this? What mental hoops must he jump through?

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New to the Blogroll: Higgaion

13 July 2007 Biblical Studies

I am adding yet another excellent blog to the good ol’ Blogroll: Higgaion This is the blog of Christopher Heard, associate professor of religion at Pepperdine. Lately, with the publication by of the Nabu-sharrussu-ukin tablet by Michael Jursa (see my notice about this here), I’ve been reading Higgaion. Christopher Heard is pretty much “da bomb.” […]

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Museum’s tablet lends new weight to Biblical truth — Times Online

12 July 2007 Biblical Studies

Museum’s tablet lends new weight to Biblical truth -Times Online The Times Online reports that a cuneiform tablet dating to 595 BC (that’s BCE for some of you) offers extra-biblical evidence for the existence of an official under Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. This particular official, Nebo-Sarsekim, was previously only mentioned in Jeremiah (39:3). The tablet has […]

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5 Superheroes of the Bible >> Bible Study at Church Hopping

10 May 2007 Old Testament

5 Superheroes of the Bible >> Bible Study at Church Hopping So, I just submitted my entry for ProBlogger.net’s group writing project: “Top 5.” I started browsing through other entries, and I happened upon this awesome one! Josh Rives list’ includes: David (aka Batman) Elijah (aka The Flash) Moses (aka Captain Planet) Josheb-basshebeth, Eleazar and […]

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Psalm 22 and the Crucifixion

10 April 2007 Biblical Studies

This past weekend was Easter which naturally brings with it contemplation of the cross and the resurrection. A good friend of mine was asking me about Psalm 22 and the Crucifixion. In Mark 15:34 and Matthew 27:46, Jesus utters the following question while on the Cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” […]

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Ancient Hebrew Poetry: A Brief Guide to Dictionaries of Biblical Hebrew

28 February 2007 Biblical Studies

Ancient Hebrew Poetry: A Brief Guide to Dictionaries of Biblical Hebrew Ancient Hebrew Poetry has a guide to dictionaries of Biblical Hebrew. This would be a great read for folks thinking about getting into Hebrew. Also, I’ll be adding Ancient Hebrew Poetry to my blogroll. Yeehaw!

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NT Today: Remembering Moses

23 February 2007 Old Testament

NT Today: Remembering Moses NT Today notes that today marks the 3280th anniversary of Moses’ death according to Jewish tradition. Surely we should have some festival in remembrance. I think I shall institute one!

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1 Samuel 5, Justice, and the Ways of God

3 February 2007 Biblical Studies

Previously, I posted “Gettin’ Evangelical with Samuel.” Some of those ideas are replicated here, but the focus is different. This line of thinking was used for a recent bible study I taught at Friendswood High School’s “Campaigners” (Jan. 31, 2007). Why would God allow the ark of the covenant to be captured? (1 Samuel 4 […]

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Gettin’ Evangelical with 1 Samuel

1 February 2007 Biblical Studies

Over the past few days, I’ve been looking at 1 Samuel, and I am continually intrigued by what my latest situation does for my reading of some of these texts. The Harvard Interpretive Thought Process So, I’d like to just comment on 1 Samuel 5 (ESV). The story is simple and straightforward. But let me […]

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