Category Archives: Pentateuch

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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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 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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The Birth of Isaac and the Death of Sarah [Genesis 20-23]

Hello, Scroll Eaters! In Genesis 20-23, we see fulfilled the first part of God’s promise to Abraham: he has a son by Sarah and they name him Isaac. But before this happens, the slow-to-learn Abraham pulls the same “Uh, she’s … Continue reading

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Some Laughter and Some Death [Genesis 17-19]

Hello, Scroll Eaters! Welcome to the second Wednesday of our read-through. So Abram becomes Abraham – “Exalted Father” becomes “Father of Many.” God still hasn’t given Abram his promised son, and Abram’s 99, but the promise is reiterated for the … Continue reading

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The Covenant Is Cut [Genesis 14-16]

Hello, Scroll Eaters! There are so many fantastic things to discuss here, but where to begin? We could discuss how nine kings of small city-states fight, and King Abram ends up with the plunder (further evidence of God’s blessings on … Continue reading

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