Category Archives: Law

The Scepter and the Birthright [Genesis 47-50]

Hello, Scroll Eaters! In the last few chapters of Genesis we get a few newspaper accounts, such as Joseph’s leadership during the famine, Jacob’s death and burial, and Joseph’s death and burial. But the weight of this section lies on … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Lost Son, B.C. [Genesis 44-46]

Hello, Scroll Eaters! Our passage today simply furthers our narrative, providing us with further evidence of Joseph’s prudence. Prudence is best defined as “redeemed shrewdness.” Being shrewd is usually considered distasteful, if not quite sinful. Prudence is usually considered savvy, … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Wisdom Literature [Genesis 41-43]

Hello, Scroll Eaters! The wisdom books of the Old Testament are Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, and Song of Solomon. Certain individual Psalms are wisdom literature as well. Depending on the scholar, Lamentations and all of Psalms could count as wisdom literature. … Continue reading

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Meet Joseph [Genesis 38-40]

Hello, Scroll Eaters! There are dozens of things we could talk about in meeting Joseph. But the one I want to look today is a pattern that we see in the remainder of Genesis and in Daniel. God gives Joseph … Continue reading

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From Rape to Genocide [Genesis 34-37]

Hello, Scroll Eaters! I’d like to apologize for not getting today’s post up on time, but I’ve been a little on the ill side. Better late than never, so here we go. One of the best movie villains in recent … Continue reading

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From Trickster to Wrestles-with-God [Genesis 30-33]

Hello, Scroll Eaters! An alternate, longer title for today’s post could be “Don’t Try to Out-Trick a Trickster, Especially When God’s Got His Back.” Jacob is off to Haran where his uncle Laban lives, to find a wife from his … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Ladder [Genesis 27-29]

Hello, Scroll Eaters! Jacob means trickster, beguiler, and today we read of how Jacob not only stole the birthright, but the blessing! We also read of Isaac giving Jacob instructions on finding a wife, and they are the same instructions … Continue reading

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