Tag Archives: Biblical Interpretation

Beloved (and raised?) disciple

I remember some years ago reading a suggestion by Alastair Roberts that the author of St John’s Gospel may be Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha who is raised from the dead by Jesus in John 11. At the … Continue reading

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Sell cloaks, buy swords?

“You just shot an unarmed man!” “Well, he should have armed himself…” – from Unforgiven. Here’s a passage from the gospels that I find puzzling and difficult to understand, particularly the highlighted words: He said to them, ‘But now, the … Continue reading

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The good news of the Beatitudes

This morning’s gospel reading was Matthew 5:1-12: the Beatitudes. Are the Beatitudes “gospel” or “law”? Certainly they can function as law: it’s difficult to hear them and not to feel yourself weighed in the balance and found wanting. Am I … Continue reading

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The Beatitudes: blessings, not curses

If you can cope with the skittish (though well-executed and fun) “DON’T GET BORED DURING ALL THE GREEK WORDS, YOUNG PEOPLE!” visuals, this video by Revd Jonathan Fisk is well worth the fourteen minutes of your time: Revd Fisk presents … Continue reading

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The widow and “the system”

Here’s a striking example of the importance of context (and of the unfortunate effect that chapter breaks and headings can have on our interpretation of the Bible): the story of “the widow’s mite” in Mark 12:41-44: He sat down opposite … Continue reading

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Mary, Martha and the “double-bind”

Yesterday’s gospel reading was the account of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. I get the feeling this story is read very differently by men and women. In particular, my impression is that women tend to be rather more keenly … Continue reading

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The Girard Samaritan

As the comments to my previous post demonstrate, the parable of the good Samaritan can be read in a number of ways: Jesus as the Samaritan or the victim by the side of the road, us as the victim and/or … Continue reading

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