JACOB’S LADDER: HOW OUR SPIRITUAL ANCESTOR GOT EVERYTHING WRONG

The Bible is a subversive book. It subverts our assumptions about life, about good and evil, about where God is and where God isn’t; it often subverts even what seems like the obvious meaning of the story it tells. Few passages are as subversive in this last sense as the story of Jacob’s ladder inContinue reading “JACOB’S LADDER: HOW OUR SPIRITUAL ANCESTOR GOT EVERYTHING WRONG”

CAN YOU STEAL A BLESSING? RIFFS ON THE STORY OF JACOB

Because we often read the Bible woodenly, especially those of us who have been taught that the Bible is mostly about teaching religion, we often miss the point, especially if the point is in story rather than theological discourse. And especially if we are not inclined to see the humor and the humanness of theseContinue reading “CAN YOU STEAL A BLESSING? RIFFS ON THE STORY OF JACOB”

THE TOWER OF BABEL: THE DIVINE PREFERENCE FOR DIVERSITY

The intriguing, funny, and cutting story of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) is the last in the collection of stories that makes up the preface to the book of Genesis and, therefore, to the Bible itself. We do well to attend to these stories, not as histories, which is to distort them and loseContinue reading “THE TOWER OF BABEL: THE DIVINE PREFERENCE FOR DIVERSITY”

WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER FALL STORY IN GENESIS?

Fall stories are important (fall stories of the theological sort; not stories about the season). They account for what has gone wrong in our world. Perhaps, that’s not quite the right way to put it. “Gone wrong” implies that there was an earlier time when things had not gone wrong. But not all stories accountingContinue reading “WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER FALL STORY IN GENESIS?”

IS GENESIS 3 A FALL STORY AND DOES IT MATTER II

They paved paradise and put up a parking lotWith a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swinging hot spotDon’t it always seem to goThat you don’t know what you got ’til it’s goneThey paved paradise and put up a parking lot Oh, bop, bop, bopOh, bop, bop, bop – “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni MitchellContinue reading “IS GENESIS 3 A FALL STORY AND DOES IT MATTER II”

IS GENESIS 3 A FALL STORY: PART II
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In my first post in this series, I left you, I hope, pondering whether the knowledge of good and evil is a good thing. Given the choice between the knowledge of good and evil and life without death, as are Eve and Adam in the story, which would you choose? This dilemma at the heartContinue reading “IS GENESIS 3 A FALL STORY: PART II
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IS GENESIS 3 A FALL STORY?

My earlier question, “Does the Bible have a plot?” (see the posts at https://wp.me/Pdfqqo-23 and https://wp.me/Pdfqqo-I) leads to a second question, “Is Genesis 3 actually a fall story?” It is taken as such in the theological tradition of which I am a part. When the Bible is read in this tradition, the first three chaptersContinue reading “IS GENESIS 3 A FALL STORY?”