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“The Fearsome God of Isaac”

Just noticed this: In Genesis 31:42 and 31:53, Jacob refers to the God of Abraham and the something God of Isaac; NRSV translates it as “the Fear of Isaac” and notes that the Hebrew is uncertain; similarly JPS; NLT translates … Continue reading

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Questions for Reflection and Discussion (Daniel 3)

The Uniform Series text for Sunday, January 14 is from the story told in Daniel 3. Here are some questions we might (or might not) find useful for reflecting on the text and discussing in class: Who is the “main … Continue reading

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Something Entirely New

Finally realized that I have always missed the point of the metaphor in Matthew 9:16 (“Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth?” NLT). Hello, it’s clearly NOT about patching things up. If what you have is new cloth, … Continue reading

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Exegetical Exercise (Daniel 3)

The Uniform Series text for Sunday, January 14 is Daniel 3:19-23, 26-28 – but the story being told occupies all of Daniel 3. It’s the familiar story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego in the fiery furnace, and it’s the third … Continue reading

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“Listened to”

“But God had listened to Abraham’s request and kept Lot safe …” Genesis 19:29 (NLT) – suggesting that God knows the entire conversation in Genesis 18:23-33 (“would you really destroy the righteous along with the wicked??”) is all the time … Continue reading

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Questions for Reflection and Discussion (Daniel 1 8-21)

The Uniform Series text for Sunday, January 7, is Daniel 1:8-21. Here are a few questions we might consider in looking at that text (if they help): In v8, Daniel resolves not to defile himself with the royal food being … Continue reading

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Just Wondering

What could the idea of being “famous” have meant to the people who decide to build a city with a tower in Genesis 11:4? For us, being “famous” more or less means being known by lots of people, widely dispersed. … Continue reading

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