“On Canonical Reading, Context, and Collective Biblical Consciousness”

Words have no meaning without context. You can read the words “once” and “upon” and “a” and “time” separately, and they could mean an infinite number of things. However, string them together and all of the sudden by appearing side by side they communicate a specific meaning: “Once upon a time…” Perhaps the first time … More “On Canonical Reading, Context, and Collective Biblical Consciousness”

Abraham, Isaac, and the Servant: Players in the Divine Comedy

God makes people do strange things.  He made Isaiah walk around naked and barefoot.  He made Ezekiel play pretend with a brick and an iron griddle then made him lay on his right side for 390 days–then another 40 days on his left.  He made Hosea marry an unfaithful prostitute then made him adopt the … More Abraham, Isaac, and the Servant: Players in the Divine Comedy

The Greatest Pain in Childbirth and Sorrow of the Ground

Recently my wife delivered our third son, but this time around, things were a little different.  With the first two boys, we made it to the hospital in plenty of time, she got her epidural, and we sailed through delivery like it weren’t no thang.  Somehow this time we missed all of the signs of … More The Greatest Pain in Childbirth and Sorrow of the Ground