After the Chaos Ends: Jeremiah 33:14-16

By Amy EricksonJeremiah’s promise of a future restoration for Israel and Judah centers on the image of a righteous branch. This image, while somewhat strange to our culture, carries along with it a rich and varied tradition, deeply rooted in the world and literature of the Old Testament. The tree of life in the Garden of Eden links trees with ideas of abundance, fertility, and renewal.The Old Testament also uses arboreal imagery to talk about leaders, especially kings. In the famous p … [Read more...]

Psalm 1: Putting Evil in Its Place

By Dr. Amy EricksonPsalm 1 begins and ends in a way that puts a lot people off, particularly those who are less-than-compelled by fire and brimstone preaching: “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread” (v 1) and “the Lord watches over the way of the righteous but the way of the wicked will perish” (v 6).It sounds like the psalm advocates - not only name-calling - but also a clean drawing of lines between believers and non-believers o … [Read more...]


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