Author Archives: Michael

The Wall of Jerusalem and the Stranger

Over at Thus Said the LORD, I have an updated essay on the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s wall by Nehemiah. The story of Nehemiah and the wall have much to teach us about the current immigration debate. Enjoy

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Did Eve Experience Pregnancy While In Eden?

In the first 8 words of Genesis 3:16a we read, אֶֽל־הָאִשָּׁה אָמַר הַרְבָּה אַרְבֶּה עִצְּבוֹנֵךְ וְהֵֽרֹנֵךְ בְּעֶצֶב    To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains … During the discussion of this verse, a student of mine raised … Continue reading

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Why Was Adam Created?

The answer may surprise you. I’ve written an article for my students in this fall’s Genesis Creation class I’m teaching this fall. Check it out. Now, go and study

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A Still Small Voice?

In 1 Kings 19:12, the story of the mighty Yahweh speaking to His prophet Elijah in a “still small voice” in the aftermath of a great storm has stirred the imaginations of squishy clergy of all traditions. Much has been … Continue reading

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