Ordering the Camp

February 28, 2021

ISRAEL PREPARES for war: This week, we study the arrangement of the tribes around the tabernacle and their order as they organize for the march to Canaan.

Mediums and Necromancers

January 24, 2021

SPEAKING WITH SPIRITS was strictly forbidden by God. This might seem to be a quaint and antiquated notion, but the fact that we encounter the prohibition three times in our reading today indicates that this was a serious issue in ancient Canaan.

Goat demons

January 17, 2021

IT’S ANOTHER weird section of scripture this week, which, as you know by now, means it’s important.

A goat for Azazel

January 10, 2021

THE SCAPEGOAT is a concept that originated at Mount Sinai. This week, we discuss God’s commandment to send a goat into the wilderness for Azazel.

Holiness

December 13, 2020

ISRAEL WAS commanded to be holy because God was literally in their midst. The Law set them apart for Yahweh, distinct from other people.

Burn the liver!

November 15, 2020

GOD GAVE very explicit instructions for the slaughter of animals required for the slaughter of animals for required offerings.

The Tabernacle of YHWH

November 8, 2020

THE CONSTRUCTION of the tabernacle is the focus of this week’s study—although, as usual, we follow some rabbit trails that lead us to other parts of the Bible.

Take 2 on Mount Sinai

November 1, 2020

TAKE TWO at Mount Sinai: Moses goes back up the mountain for another 40 days and nights to get two new tablets to replace the ones he smashed.

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