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Ben Spackman Dec 13, 2014
Today we focus on Daniel 2, a vision.  The story goes like this.In King Nebuchadnezzar's 2nd year, he has a dream. (According to Daniel 1:1-2, Daniel and friends don't get carried off until Neb's thir...
Benjamin the Scribe
Ben Spackman Dec 08, 2014
I've plugged Biblical Archaeology Review before, a great magazine (with pictures!) aimed at interested laypeople.  It used to have a sister-magazine called Bible Review, but then they were folded toge...
Ben Spackman Dec 02, 2014
Today we are (sigh) covering Daniel AND Esther, although next week is devoted solely to Daniel 2. What's interesting is how the comparison between Daniel and Esther actually serves the manual's purpos...
Benjamin the Scribe
Ben Spackman Nov 28, 2014
(Cross-posted at Times&Seasons.) First, Amazon is offering 30% off any book you buy for the next two days. Great time to pick up that hardcover Jewish Study Bible,  Jewish Annotated New Testament, NRS...
Ben Spackman Nov 26, 2014
The year is nearly over. As I look back, the struggle to write these out in a clear way on a weekly basis has been a challenge at times, but one that I think has been mutually beneficial. Writing is a...
Ben Spackman Nov 26, 2014
Just as the Book of Ezekiel opened with a cryptic vision (1:1 "the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God..., wheel within wheel") so too does it close with one. The final eight chapters, 40-48...
Ben Spackman Nov 18, 2014
Up until this point, prophets have largely been northern or southern. Ezekiel is the first of the classical prophets to be prophesying in Babylon. Ezekiel is a priest, or was, before he was forcibly r...
Ben Spackman Nov 14, 2014
We continue our scattered reading of Jeremiah. I'll be sequential this time.Jeremiah 16 opens with several verses commanding Jeremiah's celibacy. Not because there's anything particularly holy to celi...
Ben Spackman Nov 13, 2014
Jeremiah! The man, the book, the bullfrog...We know more about Jeremiah than any other Old Testament prophet, because for reasons unknown, much more biographical information is included. First, though...
Ben Spackman Nov 01, 2014
Today we come to the last of our Isaiah lessons. These chapters cover a variety of topics, and I'm going to jump between a few of them.First, some setting of chapter 54. Isaiah addresses the empty cit...
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