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Gen 12:9-20; Gen 20:1-18; Gen 26:1-12 Someone recently asked if lying is explicitly forbidden in Torah. We started talking about instances in Scripture where someone lied and it appears to be a good thing. Of course, the story of Abraham claiming Sarah as his sister came up. Abraham… Read More »Three Lies – Three Blessings
Psalm 7 is full of ugly, violent language: swords, bows, arrows, plunder, trample. However, in the middle of all this chaos David declares, “My shield is with YHWH!” Using poetic devices and chiastic structure, David creates a safe place for himself and us behind YHWH in the… Read More »Psalm 7 – My Shield is With YHWH
Genesis 1 and 2 provide two accounts of creation. Study of these two accounts reveals chiastic and parallel structures that support and highlight distinct ideas. In fact, these are not two separate creation stories, but one story told with different purposes. The first account describes the when and… Read More »In the Beginning God Created…Twice?
Mark 12:1-9 This parable is very well-known and, for many of us, has been studied since Sunday school. This does not decrease its importance but can blind us to its deeper meanings. This section is an allegory or parable. With a cursory understanding of Scripture, we can identify… Read More »Parable of the Tenants