As an architect my interest in design for religious purposes has often been impacted by the specificity of God’s commands regarding building the Tabernacle in Exodus Chapter 26. God’s statements are not instructions, they are demands, “Thou shalt make….” It is easy to discern God’s earliest specifications involve the importance of quality materials, excellent workmanship, and precise design. The purpose is intentional – to reflect the greater glory of God, not his people. (more…)
The Israelites have finally gotten to the Reed Sea, the Pillar of Fire and the Pillar of Cloud are introduced into the story, and (oddly) Job makes a cameo appearance in the midrash. What could be more fun than that? Join Daniel and Karl as they discuss Exodus Chapter 15. (more…)
This week Daniel and Karl are joined again by Robin Holland for their investigation of Exodus 13. Daniel gives us the lowdown on a lot of Jewish practice, including the use of tefillin (in English, phylacteries) in prayer. You can listen below, or subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or other fine distributors. The midrash we used is at the bottom of this page. (more…)
This week Daniel and Karl discuss Exodus, Ch. 12, give an overview of the Documentary Hypothesis, delve deep into Jewish religious traditions, and give some grocery shopping advice! You can subscribe through iTunes or other fine vendors of podcasts, or listen below. Daniel-curated midrash is at the bottom of the page. (more…)
By Mike Kreutzer
High-quality commentaries on Exodus (and other biblical books) are wonderful resources. They help us to understand the text and its context, and they can help us also to move beyond supposed “historical facts” to a deeper understanding of the biblical narratives. As the expression goes, they enable us to reflect on the “more-than-literal meaning.” (more…)
In his November 23rd column, David Brooks reflects on the Exodus narrative, and how its faded from American life. He writes that
The story of America…can be interpreted as a series of redemptions, of injury, suffering and healing fresh starts. Look at the mottos on our Great Seal: “A New Order for the Ages” and “Out of Many, One.” In the 18th century divisions between the colonists were partially healed. In the 19th century divisions between the free and enslaved were partially healed. In the 20th, America partially healed the divisions between democracy and totalitarianism. In the 21st, we have healing fresh starts still to come. The great sermon of redemption and reconciliation is Lincoln’s Second Inaugural. This is a speech of tremendous intellectual humility. None of us anticipated this conflict, or its magnitude. All of us “looked for an easier triumph.” None of us are fully in control. “Let us judge not that we be not judged.”
We asked attendees at Diocesan Convention to tell us what they’d learned from Exodus so far, and here are some of the responses we got back.
I am surprised by how wonderful it has been to preach and teach the Exodus story over the last months. It has deepened our whole parish’s understanding of how the Exodus story undergirds the Christ story and our understanding of how God acts in the world for us and with us.
This week Daniel and Karl are joined by the great Phyllis Spiegel as they delve into Exodus, Ch. 12. On the surface, Ch. 12 seems like a lot of throat-clearing for Ch. 13. But it does, in fact, allow us to ask the most profound questions about God and society. If you’re interested in that kind of thing, this podcast is for you! Listen using the player below or subscribe through iTunes or your favorite podcasting network. The midrash that Daniel provides is below the player. (more…)
Daniel and Karl delve into Jewish mysticism (and a little Christian mysticism, too) as they discuss Exodus Ch. 10. You can listen using the player below or by subscribing through iTunes. The midrash that Daniel provided is below the player.