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Gordon Wenham’s Story as Torah: Reading the Old Testament Narrative Ethically, Part 6 (God as hero)

God as hero Wenham concludes, The motivation to act in certain ways because that is how God acts is thus found in a wide variety of legal collections within the Pentateuch, and it therefore seems likely that it is assumed … Continue reading

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Gordon Wenham’s Story as Torah: Reading the Old Testament Narrative Ethically, Part 5

Reading the narratives like Torah Wenham then asks whether we should read the narratives the same way: as pointing to an ideal beyond what the narrative itself describes. Sometimes it just might be the point that the hero of the … Continue reading

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On Vacation, But Not Exactly

So I’m at the beach in Destin with my wife, four sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren (four and two years old). We arrived on Saturday, and by 5:30 PM on Sunday, I was in the Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald … Continue reading

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Gordon Wenham’s Story as Torah: Reading the Old Testament Narrative Ethically, Part 4

On interpreting Torah I’m going to skip Wenham’s insightful analyses of Gen and Judges. If you ever find yourself studying or teaching these texts, you’ll want to read what¬†Wenham has to say about their interpretation. Rather, I want to get … Continue reading

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Gordon Wenham’s Story as Torah: Reading the Old Testament Narrative Ethically, Part 3 (The Gen 1 Worldview)

Genesis 1:1 – 2:3 One¬†challenge presented by Genesis is that chapters 1 – 12 are difficult to connect with the balance of the book. The Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph narratives clearly connect to each other and serve to make … Continue reading

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Gordon Wenham’s Story as Torah: Reading the Old Testament Narrative Ethically, Part 2 (On source criticism)

I’ve found that most OT commentaries spend every other word speculating on the source documents behind the canonical text. It’s a waste of perfectly good shelf space, if you ask me. And Wenham argues with considerable force that — Source … Continue reading

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Gordon Wenham’s Story as Torah: Reading the Old Testament Narrative Ethically, Part 1 (Introduction)

I bought this 2004 book at Logos.com on sale for $8.99 — because it was on my Logos wish list — although I can’t recall why. I must have seen a reference to it somewhere. Amazon sells the same book … Continue reading

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John Nugent’s Endangered Gospel: Wrapping Up, Part 2

So I’m struggling with this concept of the Kingdom as a preview of heaven. I mean, it’s not mainly about the assembly — right? It’s not about whether we can achieve a phenomenal emotional high on Sunday morning — not … Continue reading

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John Nugent’s Endangered Gospel: Wrapping Up, Part 1

So I find myself somewhere in between Nugent, Thompson, N. T. Wright, Christopher Wright, McKnight, Hunter, Hauerwas,  Yoder, etc. I find much of great value in what they teach, but the truth, I think, is somewhere in between. (Scot McKnight … Continue reading

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John Nugent’s Endangered Gospel: N. T. Wright’s Perspective, Part 2

Wright argues that New Heaven and New Earth (NHNE) theology leads to the conclusion that every good and holy thing we do will survive into the next age. If I were to write a beautiful poem in praise of God, … Continue reading

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