Distracted by a Burning Bush

From The New Yorker via Hemant Mehta. It is actually quite a poignant cartoon, asking us to reflect on where we look for God, and whether things that we presume to be revelations from God might not rather be distractions from God. For instance, it could equally have depicted God saying, “Those are just words that humans [Read More...]

The Humblest Man on Earth

Yuriy Stasyuk shared the image above on Facebook. It is poking fun at the idea that Moses wrote the Pentateuch, since Numbers 12:3 says, “Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.”  As Yuriy pointed out, “If Moses really wrote that he is the most humble, [Read More...]

Why The Exodus Was Necessary

Grumpy Pharaoh. That was the problem. [Read more...]

The Bible as Fantasy

I shared some science fictional explorations of Biblical texts by Ben Riddlebarger previously. He has been hard at work since then, and has offered more, including Gandalf as Moses, Shrek riding Donkey into Jerusalem, Peter being asked to perform a waterbender’s feat, and David vs. Godzilla. I appreciate these because they raise questions about how and [Read More...]

Moses Awaits the Word of God

From the New Yorker. HT Hemant Mehta. [Read more...]

Poor Sense of Direction

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Thanks, Google

A student pointed out to me that, if you ask Google “Who wrote the Pentateuch?” you get the answer, in big, bold letters, “Moses.” I decided to click the “feedback” button and indicate that this is incorrect. Here’s what I wrote as explanation for why I thought so: There has been extensive research on this [Read More...]

Predicting the Future

I love this cartoon from the New Yorker. This is precisely the problem with predictive prophecy. If it were to be specific about the distant future, it would be incomprehensible. But because it consistently lacks such information, it is unimpressively vague. There is no way things could be otherwise, is there – regardless of whether [Read More...]

Four Part Harmony

I came across the cartoon below, which seems to be neither funny nor accurate. I’m tempted to start a four-part a cappella vocal group called “The Moseses” in which we wear shirts that say “J,” “E,” “D,” and “P” and sing separate strands of the Pentateuchal narrative, just to show that it works just fine, [Read More...]

Why Not The Beatitudes?

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Caleb the Surfer

Today’s Non Sequitur. While Moses seems not to appreciate it, according to the Bible, Caleb was one of the few from the Exodus generation allowed to enter the promised land. And he lived to be at least 85. Maybe surfing had something to do with it? [Read more...]