Pharaoh's Way or the Way of YHWH? (God as the Just Judge)

Elmer Martens begins his discussion of the cult practices of Israel with Passover. Such an annual festival was explained with great detail, but the theology of such is left unattended (48). He expands his exploration of a theology of sacrifice by noting that ‘substitution’ as commonly understood is not the focal point as many assume [Read More...]

Biggness, Smallness, and the Image of God – Reflections on God as Creator, part 2

Lets read the climatic part of this creation poem* (Genesis 1) that as we said earlier is picked up by Psalm 8: 26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over [Read More...]

Kingdom Killing of Canaanites? Genocide and Joshua…

I want to offer a way of looking at the destruction of the Canaanites that helps me to understand God’s attitude toward violence in the Old Testament.  Then, I’d love to hear your ideas / thoughts… What is different about Israel compared to other nations?  From their beginnings they are a community that is devoted [Read More...]