Jacob and the Angel for Piano and Orchestra

I expect that I will be using Max Stern’s books about Bible and Music and Psalms and Music in connection with my course on the Bible and Music in the Spring. Stern is a composer, and not only is his piece exploring the story of Jacob wrestling with an angel interesting musically, but the expanded retelling [Read More…]

These Preachers are Liars

This paraphrase of Jeremiah 14:14 is striking. I’m often in two minds about The Message. What do you think of its rendering of this particular text? [Read more…]

No Greater Love (Updated Version)

It stumbles on its wording a little. But I still think the new version is intelligible, and makes a nice point through humor. When someone puts down their phone and gives you their full attention nowadays, it is an expression of their utmost respect. We could also add a version of John 10:18: “No one [Read More…]

Amos Updated

Samantha Field shared some wonderful updatings of the message of Amos. One sample follows below. Click through to read more. Amos 9 : 11-15 When I end all of this, I will restore the communities destroyed by urban programs and gentrification I will repair the decayed walls of those who live in assisted housing. I [Read More…]

The Bible (TL;DR Version)

GENESIS God: All right, you two, don't do the one thing. Other than that, have fun. Adam & Eve: Okay. Satan: You should do the thing. Adam & Eve: Okay. God: What happened!? Adam & Eve: We did the thing. God: Guys THE REST OF THE OLD TESTAMENT God: You are my people, and you [Read More…]

Targum Neofiti Online

Via Ancient World Online, I learned that the Vatican Library has put Targum Neofiti online! If you are not familiar with them, the Targumim are Aramaic paraphrases of the Bible, which provide important insights into how ancient Jews understood their Scriptures.   [Read more…]

Joel Osteen 2:25?

Via Zack Hunt on Facebook. Not sure what happened here, but the first panel is definitely not even a paraphrase of Joel 2:25. But it is a real meme – I found the “quote” online. Does it sound like it might be from a different Joel?   [Read more…]

Romans Paraphrases Galore

I need to get back to my project of paraphrasing Romans to give modern Christian readers a sense of the impact Paul’s words would have had in his time, before there was a label “Christian” and when “the people of God” meant Jews or Israelites. In the mean time, I recently learned that Judy Stack-Nelson [Read More…]

1 Students 13

I thought I should turn the paraphrase, or rather reworking, or 1 Corinthians 13 that I shared in my previous post into an image. Feel free to share it with students and educators you may know! [Read more…]

Retelling Romans 3:21-31

And now, God’s justice has been manifested apart from the Bible (though the Bible testifies to it): God’s justice through the faithfulness of Christ Jesus to all who trust. For there is no distinction: since all have sinned and lack God’s glory, all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption accomplished in Christ [Read More…]