And so we reach the end of Joshua, the book and the man. In many ways, this feels like the end of the Torah: The “end” of the story that began in Genesis with Abraham and continued with Moses in Egypt and through the desert wandering. Seeing this as a significant moment, Joshua chooses his … Continue reading
Have you ever heard the story of the giant altar that saved Israel from civil war? No? Neither had I. Until today. Why, oh why does no one preach on this?!? Seriously! This story is up there with Zelophehad’s Daughters and the stories of the Inclusive God in Numbers. I loved it! And we have … Continue reading
Doesn’t everyone love it when someone else makes good on a promise? Don’t you feel good? Don’t you feel like all is right in the world? That is kind of the feel of the end of Joshua. What emotions come to mind while you read these few verses? Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land … Continue reading
This is going to be one of those times I latch on to one verse and milk it for all it’s worth. In Good Company Now Joshua was old and advanced in years; and the LORD said to him, “You are old and advanced in years . . .” Aside from God’s penchant for stating … Continue reading
Do you ever wish there were more hours in the day? Have you ever thought to yourself, “gee, I have SO MUCH to do today, but there is absolutely no way I am going to get all of it done?” I think we can all remember a time when we had to fight five rival … Continue reading
Alright! Joshua 6! Another one of those über-famous stories that also happens to be über-weird and über-interesting. I just figured out how to put an umlaut on my “u,” so I plan on üsing it liberally. I’d like to start talking about this battle by acknowledging the difficulty of reading about the slaughter of an … Continue reading
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Confession: I was wrong. I take back what I said yesterday about the limited amount of space given to the crossing of the Jordan. Joshua 4 actually gives a lot of airtime to the ceremony following the crossing. My bad. I spoke too soon. The New Moses Remember what Moses’ name meant? “Out of the … Continue reading
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Oh man! Can you feel it? Everything is so new! We’re kicking off Joshua today, I have new markers and a new binder for my manuscript, Spring is in the air, I saw The Avengers on Saturday and couldn’t fall asleep because I was thinking about how awesome it was. Maybe I didn’t need that last part … Continue reading
If you have been following this blog for a while, you might have noticed me pushing a book called “God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist, and Racist?” by David T. Lamb. I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to people who are wrestling with those very questions. … Continue reading
It is starting to sink in. I’ve come a long way on this blog. Farther than I thought I would. I made it through Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. I never thought I would not only read through those books, but see so much in them and have so much fun with them! But I’ll be … Continue reading