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Ben Spackman Oct 16, 2014
One theme throughout these chapters is the redemption and recovery of Israel, specifically from Babylonian exile and previous scattering by the Assyrians. The lesson manual focuses on the messianic fo...
Ben Spackman Oct 15, 2014
 (Cross-posted at Times&Seasons) Many of these can be purchased in paper, kindle, or from Logos or Accordance. (I'm a big Logos user.) As with all my recommendations, take them with a grain of salt. I...
Ben Spackman Oct 11, 2014
( Cross-posted at Times&Seasons, where there are more comments.) We're 80% of the way through our Old Testament, and the time has come to start looking forward. As I did for the Old, so I will do for ...
Ben Spackman Oct 10, 2014
As always, there's a lot going on in these chapters. I'm a bit thin on these chapters (and I've also spent the last two weeks packing up our apartment, moving anything we didn't sell into storage, wri...
Ben Spackman Sep 27, 2014
First, to continue from last week, is Isaiah's love of wordplay and pun, which drives much of Isaiah's word choice. In today's reading, for example, in 24:17 we read Isaiah speaking of "terror, a pit,...
Ben Spackman Sep 21, 2014
Normally I'd begin with a link to my podcast and transcript... except it appears that while I wrote 90% of a podcast in 2010, I never recorded it. Amos was the last podcast I put up. Consider this an ...
Ben Spackman Sep 14, 2014
The week has come and gone, and I realize I haven't put up  a post yet, which is a tragedy because I really like Amos.So while I write an update which may not arrive until tomorrow, here's some materi...
Benjamin the Scribe
Ben Spackman Sep 06, 2014
First off, my podcast and transcript on Hosea are here. The manual suggests primary focus on Hosea 1-3 (the marriage metaphor) and 11, 13, 14 (invitations to repent.) However, Hosea is not long, and r...
Ben Spackman Aug 27, 2014
Jonah Jonah is four short chapters. I've done a lot with Jonah in the past. I'm not convinced that what I've written is the end-all-be-all (heck, I'm starting to be convinced one point is wrong), but ...
Benjamin the Scribe
Ben Spackman Aug 23, 2014
Today we come to another little-read and little-known jewel of the Old Testament. It has not traditionally been appreciated; as Elder McConkie expressed, "Job is for people who like Job." I suspect we...
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