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ArchiveDecember 5, 2018

Penitential Psalms


Psalms appears to have been patterned after the Pentateuch, with five sections (Psalm 1-41, 42-72, 73-89, 90-106, 107-150, each ending with a doxology. (Psalm 41:13, 72:18-19, 89:52, 106:48, 150:6). This division corresponds fairly well to each of the first five books in the Bible. Psalm’s first book correlates to ‘Genesis,’ the beginning of David’s reign, psalms written...

Assyria & Israel


Assyria has a long history, and the political-empire relates to the Bible in a variety of ways. First of all, Genesis 10:10-12 describes the founding of four Assyria cities by the legendary Nimrud. After this, Assyrian documents (and Hittite treaties) might influence the composition of the Book of Deuteronomy, for we see plenty of covenant-parallels between the two forms. Eventually, the Neo...

Rights and Gifts


Synthesizing some of my thoughts on ‘property,’ it seems the West uses the Lockean language of ‘rights’ quite often. We say we have the ‘right’ to such land, ‘right’ to vote, ‘right’ to ‘speech’ and ‘assembly.’ All these could be considered also in terms of ‘properties,’ what is ‘good’ and...

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