The Genealogy of Jesus According to His Great-Grandmothers

This post and the series are a delight

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

For the past several weeks I have been writing about the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1. Matthew’s genealogy includes four women, all of them non-Israelites by birth: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba. These four women were the subject of my first post in this series.

According to Matthew there were forty-two generations between Abraham and Jesus. This means that, in addition to the four women mentioned in his genealogy, there were several other women in Jesus’ family tree whose names Matthew omitted in his genealogy. These great-grandmothers of Jesus were the subject of my second post in this series.

In presenting the genealogy of Jesus in three groups of fourteen generations, Matthew did not include a few kings who were associated with the family of Ahab and Jezebel. In my third post, I discussed these kings and their wives and mentioned that Jezebel, the evil queen of the Northern…

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When God Drops By

Tov!

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Sometimes you need a very good memory!

That is the case this year, as Passover began on a Friday night and ended on Saturday night, eight days later. Jews attending synagogue thus found their weekly Torah cycle interrupted not just for one week but for two, as special Passover readings were interjected into the normal weekly progression. Only this week, do we finally pick up where we left off three weeks ago, resuming the tale of Aaron’s investiture as high priest. We start with the enigmatic phrase, “On the eighth day.” But, eighth day of what?

You have to remember that the reading three weeks ago ended with Aaron and his sons (newly ordained as priests) having to wait seven days outside the desert sanctuary (the mishkan). Only now, on the eighth day, can Aaron and his family enter it to initiate sacrifice on behalf of the people. By…

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March Biblical Studies Carnival

Pursuing Veritas

Color March 2015 BSCWelcome to the March 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival!

In honor of March’s patron saint (Patrick) and in lieu of what would have been a terrible attempt at an April Fool’s Day joke, start off your morning by (re)visiting the classic “St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies of the Trinity.

Before delving into this month’s suggested articles, I would like to thank Phil Long for asking me to host this carnival. Looking forward to future Carnivals, Jeff Carter will be hosting April’s Carnival. The May Carnival will be hosted by Claude Mariottini, Professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Seminary. In June, Cambridge doctoral candidate William A. Ross will be moderating this forum. There are plenty of open Carnival spots for the rest of the year, so if you are interested in hosting, contact Phil Long.

Without further ado, then, check out this month’s selection of posts below (and…

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Recent posts on Dust

My project is proceeding as noted here. Since my last update on this blog, I have posted on Genesis 1, Job 3, and the Song chapters 1 to 3. Also some nice pictures of flowers.

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Why We Study Sacrifices: A Happy Case of Collusion

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D.

“Collusion” is usually a dirty word denoting police brutality, government corruption, corporate price-fixing, and everyone on the take. But collusion can equally describe the unsung cooperative venture that is life itself: how plants absorb carbon dioxide and exchange it for oxygen, allowing humans to breathe oxygen and give carbon dioxide back, for instance. All of life is about giving and getting in happy collusion.

The Torah calls it sacrifice, and devotes a whole book of Torah to it. We miss the point if we think this week’s Torah reading (the beginning of Leviticus) introduces just a picayune and lengthy treatment of how to offer animals on an altar that has not existed since the Romans destroyed it almost two thousand years ago.

Moses’ opening instruction provides a broader picture: “When you offer a sacrifice from yourselves to God….” The peculiar placement of mikem (“from yourselves”) implies more than the rote…

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Beit Transactional Analysis: The Strange Case of the Disappearing Pulpit

It is surprising how close some of these thoughts are to my last post. There is a difference of course – perhaps anticipated by Moses.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin (The Bully Pulpit, 2013), quotes muckraker journalist Frank Norris at the turn of the 20th century as saying, “The Pulpit, the Press, and the Novel – these indisputably are the great molders of public opinion and public morals today.” By “pulpit,” Norris meant such preachers as New York’s Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) whom Martin Luther King Jr. labeled “the foremost prophet of our generation”; and maybe, among rabbis, Stephen S. Wise, who was championing unions even as Norris was busting trusts.

So how did it happen that, at least among Jews, the pulpit voice of conscience has virtually disappeared?

In 1984, conservative Lutheran pastor Richard John Neuhaus bemoaned the absence of a religious voice in what he famously labeled “The Naked Public Square.” He went so far as to predict the end of democracy itself, if national opinion was not…

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Information literacy

James McGrath has a good question on his Exploring our Matrix. I have given a response here. In that response there are neither links nor footnotes, so I have been personal in my thoughts. There is not even any God but there is God-talk if you know where to look.

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