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More from Robert Alter: Theological Observations

I recently posted some gleanings from The Art of Biblical narrative by Robert Alter, highlighting his convincing exhibition of a literary approach to Old Testament narratives and a selection of...

Rediscovering the Art of Biblical Narrative

“Religious tradition has by and large encouraged us to take the Bible seriously rather than enjoy it, but the paradoxical truth of the matter may well be that by learning...

The Silence of God

Introductory Note: This is longer than I intend blog posts to be. The purpose of this article is to respond to a question from one of my Bible Education students...

Redeeming Origen: The Godly Heretic

If you know anything about Origen, then chances are that it’s one of two things: he emasculated himself in striving for sexual purity, and his theology undergirds Rob Bell’s universalistic...

Basic Exegesis Diagram in isiZulu

One of the most exciting elements of my ministry this year is that of training lay preachers. In South Africa many rural churches share a pastor who alternates visiting churches...

The Lord is With You: Idiom Observations

Somehow the inevitable reading of an account that has likely been read or heard every year of my life was nevertheless fresh on Sunday. The reading was from Luke and...

Christmas: The Traditions of Men and Our Forgotten King

Quoting the prophet Isaiah, Jesus distinguished between the traditions of men and the commandments of God (Mark 7:6-8). Though critical of the Pharisees and scribes, Jesus was not merely an...

The Christ Event and True Christmas Spirit

In his classic work, Knowing God, Packer writes that the incarnation is the greatest mystery of the Christian faith. Referring to John 1:14, he says that at the first Christmas the...

The Ethics of Reading

Most people read to relax. It's much easier for me just to soak up the words as the pages turn than to consider the stance into which I am being drawn....