Category Archives: Old Testament

Mezuzah Scroll

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The Shema is one of the most significant sections of Scripture in the Hebrew Bible, and it is recited daily by Jews today in morning prayers. Deuteronomy 6:4-9   4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  … Continue reading

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OT Theology – Reformation

My first post was a summary of Brueggemann’s survey of OT scholarship in Theology of the Old Testament (here). I’m going to try to summarize some of these different sections in greater detail. Brueggemann chooses the Reformation as the appropriate … Continue reading

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Brueggemann’s OT Theology

As I have neared the end of my graduate program, my particular interests have begun to take shape, and this has provided me with a little more specific direction for my future studies. My interests are probably still broad and … Continue reading

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Wright’s Typological Interpretation

This is a fourth post on Wright’s models of interpretation in Old Testament Ethics and the People of God. The Paradigmatic Model related the OT Law to Creation, where it sought to restore God’s creative purposes for humans and creation … Continue reading

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Wright’s OT Ethical Framework

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I just finished reading Christopher Wright’s An Eye for an Eye: The Place of Old Testament Ethics Today. Wright’s book, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God seems to be an expanded version of his thoughts in this book … Continue reading

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Tradition for Crisis

Tradition for Crisis: A Study in Hosea (1968) was one of Walter Brueggemann’s first publications, if not the first. I picked it up at Lipscomb library, and it proved to exceed my expectations. I’ve been studying the Minor Prophets, so … Continue reading

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The Use of Analogy in the OT Law

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In my last post entitled Embodied Principles in the Old Testament, I spoke about the authority of the OT to provide practical insights into godly living today. This can be accomplished through a process of deriving principles from the Law and … Continue reading

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Embodied Principles in the Old Testament

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I was listening to John Goldingay in an iTunes U. lecture on the law in the Pentateuch, a subject which continues to hold my interest. He spoke about a method of interpretation that is common in dealing with the OT … Continue reading

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Reverence for God’s Name

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I have been aware for some time of the Jewish practice to omit the name of God in oral speech. This tradition stems from the third word in the Decalogue, which states, You shall not take the name of the … Continue reading

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Psalm 2 Prayer

This is a prayer based on my reading and reflection of Psalm 2 (NASB, NIV): O Sovereign King! Ruler of the Universe and All Nations! You are in control, and all things are within your power. Yet, nations rise up, … Continue reading

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Finding Instruction in the OT Law

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Is the OT Law beneficial for teaching and practice today? What about laws that do not seem relevant today? Those are excellent questions that should be addressed. Consider the following example: And when you reap the harvest of your land, … Continue reading

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A God of Tender Care

Christian practice and ethics are rooted in the character of God.  We are created in his image, in his likeness, and we should strive to imitate his character.  His supreme character and goodness provides the perfect target for our behavior. As … Continue reading

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Psalm 1 Prayer

One of the things that I would like to do in this blog is focus on my devotional time with God.  I plan to write out some of my prayers that are based off of readings in Psalms.  Here’s my … Continue reading

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