Your Sins are Forgiven: the Grace of God in Samuel

I suspect that the narrative of Samuel has much to teach us about the character of God: observe that David and Saul are both portrayed as rebellious men who break God’s word and law. David is still portrayed as a man after God’s own heart, yes, but these are glimmers of light in the midst … Continue reading Your Sins are Forgiven: the Grace of God in Samuel

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A Critical Review of Dempster’s Dominion and Dynasty

Dempster’s attempt to read the whole Bible literarily fails to consider what the OT is and the contribution its nature and structure make to the question of the OT’s unity. By seeking the unity of the OT in a narrative plot unpacking the themes of dominion and dynasty, Dempster forces the OT into a procrustean … Continue reading A Critical Review of Dempster’s Dominion and Dynasty

Thoughts on Hebrew Poetry

Hebrew poetry, like Hebrew prose, is holographic: it revisits the same idea from different perspectives to communicate the whole picture--this is a feature that makes terseness possible. Its manifestation in poetry is the structural priority of parallelism, in all its various forms. That is, Hebrew poetry achieves a poetic rhythm through a multi-layered paralelism of … Continue reading Thoughts on Hebrew Poetry