Exodus / Justification / Maccabees

Redemption of Life – The Price of Admission in Exodus, Job, and 2 Maccabees

I found this interesting. I am currently researching substitution (hint, I don’t think Jesus was classically substituted in Galatians) for my dissertation. These passages all connect for me. The translations are from the REB. The Lord said to Moses: When you take a census of the Israelites, each man is to give a ransom for his life to the Lord,* to avert plague among them during the registration. As each man crosses over to those already counted he must give half a shekel by the sacred standard at the rate of twenty gerahs to the shekel, as a contribution

Exodus / Genesis / Old Testament

Non-literal Numbers in the Old Testament

This is such a simple concept that I almost feel ridiculous writing about it, but YECs have swarmed this blog lately.  I thought non-literal numbers in the rest of the Old Testament merited a mention. Charles Isbell was my first professor of Old Testament (though I’m sure it may have grated on his nerves as a Jewish professor to teach a course called “Introduction to the Old Testament” at a secular university like LSU).  One of the books assigned for this course was Isbell’s God’s Scribes.  In that book, though I can’t put my hands on it anymore, I


Could I get a little help form my friends? Exodus 12.12

The Lectionary before Easter included a bit on the Passover. Upon hearing it, because it is meant to be heard, something stood out to me: NAB  Exodus 12:12 For on this same night I will go through Egypt, striking down every first– born of the land, both man and beast, and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt– I, the LORD! NLT  Exodus 12:12 On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods

Augustine / Exodus / Old Testament

Augustine on Moses’ Motherly Prayer

I was doing a bit of reading for the blog that I write for my church parish.  And, for today’s Old Testament lectionary reading from Exodus 32, I came across this quote from Augustine that I thought was interesting: And in case you should suppose that he acted like this more from necessity than from charity, God actually offered him another people: “And I will make you,” he said, “into a great nation,” so leaving himself free to eliminate those others.  But Moses wouldn’t accept this: he sticks to the sinners; he prays for the sinners.  And how does

Exodus / Old Testament

Exodus 36:1-7 – Least Preached Text Ever?

I was listening to my audio Bible not too long ago, and I wanted to post on this, but forgot until today.  It occurred to me that this might be one of the least preached texts ever. 1 Bezalel and Oholiab and every skillful one to whom the Lord has given skill and understanding to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded. 2 Moses then called Bezalel and Oholiab and every skillful one to whom the Lord had given skill, everyone whose heart