Category Archives: Literary Views of Scripture

In Tents #16 Pilate’s Trial Before Jesus, Part 2

I ended last month’s post with a note about how little power Pilate has, not even the power to force a response from Jesus. That doesn’t mean, however, that Pilate’s power is inconsequential. Jesus’s death is a consequence. But we … Continue reading

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AML Presidential Address 2012

From my early childhood, I remember people with dark skin and black hair in my home.  I understood that they were working with my father on projects in different languages.  Most were Mayan Indians, from various places in Guatemala.  The … Continue reading

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In Tents # 15, Pilate’s Trial Before Jesus, Part 1

Note: This is out of sequence, but I’m putting it here because I’ve been working on it this month as part of my paper for AML’s annual meeting. I also want to use it as an introduction to the next … Continue reading

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In Tents #14 More About Jesus the Pharisee, Beginning with John the Baptizer

Interpretation is transparent to us, as I suggested in my last post, so transparent that we think of what we do as reading, hearing, or receiving the plain sense of a story, essay, passage, song, speech or talk. Interpreting is … Continue reading

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In Tents # 13 The Story of Jesus the Pharisee, But First Yet Another Digression, This Time About the Nature of Interpretation

Yet another digression? Is this turning into the Tristram Shandy of blogs? Digression following digression following digression, never actually getting to he thesis? No, the thesis is easy to demonstrate. Consider Luke 13:31 The same day there came certain of … Continue reading

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In Tents #12 More about Jesus the Pharisee, with a Further Meditation on the Nature of Perfection

In Luke 13, which opens with the first and ominous mention of Pilate, “There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilæans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices,” a group of Pharisees come to … Continue reading

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In Tents # 11 More About Jesus the Pharisee, But First an Interlude Thinking to Thank the Jews

Title: The New Covenant, Commonly Called The New Testament: Volume I The Gospels and Apocalypse Translator: Willis Barnstone Publisher: New York: Riverhead Books Genre: Scripture Year Published: 2002 Number of Pages: 577 Binding: Hardbound in signatures ISBN10: 1-57322-182-1 Price: Title: … Continue reading

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In Tents #10 The Story of Jesus the Pharisee, But First a Meditation on Perfection

He never got vexed when the game went wrong And he always told the truth But why did the game go wrong? Was it because Jesus always won and no one wants to play a game they have no possibility … Continue reading

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In Tents # 9

Contradictory Commandment, Taking Leaves, and Ritual Language Harlow Soderborg Clark They are not, on the face of it, contradictory commandments, Go forth, multiply and replenish the earth, and Do not eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge … Continue reading

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In Tents # 8 Clever Theological End-Runs

One of our major tasks growing up is learning that words have different meanings, that any given word has different meanings, and that knowing which meaning applies when can be confusing. For example, consider a Sunday School class discussing the … Continue reading

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