And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
Good – Would it surprised you to know that the word good is not based on morality? When God saw everything that he had made, he wasn’t saying that everything was righteous or morally good. He wasn’t stating that it was pleasant to look upon and enticing to the eye. So what was His meaning? Continue reading “Good and Evil”
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Genesis 3:1 (KJV)
? – By now you should realize that ancient Hebrew doesn’t have punctuation, right? So there was no question mark here in the original text, but yet the translators felt it prudent to add it here. Why? Continue reading “A Questioning Punctuation”
There’s an interesting parallel I’d like to draw attention to in Genesis. They involve two different digressions that happen within the two major stories of Genesis. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Digressions”
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:2 (KJV)
Waters – Have you ever watched the movie HOME by The Goodplanet Foundation? It’s a movie full of beautiful cinematography, and vibrant colors, warning us of a disastrous future if man doesn’t change the way we live. Continue reading “God’s Story of Creation”
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Genesis 2:15 (KJV)
Dress – Did you know this is just a repeat of verse 8? In between these two very same verses, there’s a detour about geography. He names a few rivers and gives their direction of flow. Why? Continue reading “Mankind is Secondary”
A Chiasm is a literary technique used frequently in the Bible. It’s a symmetrical pattern that incorporates two or more ideas; A and B. These ideas are grouped with related variants (A1, B1) and structured as such; A,B,B1,A1. They might also look like A,B,C…C,B,A.
Continue reading “Chiasms”
Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this place.
Genesis 38:21 (KJV)
Harlot – Hirah is the one who asked the question. He was Judah’s friend, and an Adullamite. The story, as you might know, begins with Judah marrying off his sons – one of which, Er, marries a woman named Tamar. Er was wicked and dies before his wife bears any children, and so Judah promises his younger son, Shelah, to her for a future marriage. This is the law of the kinsman redeemer from Deuteronomy 25:5. As the story goes, Shelah becomes of age, but Judah never gets around to giving him to Tamar. So Tamar becomes anxious and sets out to persuade Judah on his way to the sheering floor (where he’s going to sheer his sheep). She covers her face and seemingly pretends to be a harlot. Continue reading “Ancient Prostitution”
Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
Genesis 20:7 (KJV)
Prophet – Our understanding of this word has been completely Hellenized, so let’s start with this verse from Genesis about Abraham. God is referring to Abraham as a prophet, but when did Abraham ever prophesy? This should reveal a disconnect between how we understand this word culturally compared to its Hebraic use. Continue reading “The Prophet & The Manic”
And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
Exodus 33:23 (KJV)
Back parts – The Hebrew word is achor and it means much more than just God’s backside. Think about it. God doesn’t have a face, He doesn’t have a backside – He’s spirit. There is no beginning and end to Him – He just IS. Any anthropomorphic expression in the text is used most commonly to strengthen a point being made, and not to be taken as God’s literal body parts. So what’s being shown to Moses?
Continue reading “More Than Just His Backside”
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
Genesis 9:3 (KJV)
Every moving thing that liveth – Wait a second. Did YHWH actually tell Noah that they can eat EVERY CREATURE? It sure seems that way. There were no food laws, so Noah was in the OK to eat clean or unclean animals, right? Well not really. You see, there were food laws already established. Continue reading “No food laws?”