Author Archives: emmock

Bible blog 2215

I’m going to continue to examine texts from the Christian bible which provide examples of human beings “inventing God.” Of course the Old Testament especially takes issue with those who “invent” Gods of wood and stone as opposed to Yahweh who made the heavens and the earth. But who invented the God who made the […]

Bible blog 2214

This is my final blog on the meaning of Ezekiel chapter 1. Now I want to return to the vision of the divine chariot. The war chariot had been developed from around 2000BCE and was a standard weapon in battles where the terrain suited it, especially in steppe and desert. Israel/ Judah was not especially […]

Bible blog 2213

This blog continues my reflections on Ezekiel chapter 1. I have given my own imaginative comprehension of Ezekiel’s vision of God, but here I want to add a more neutral consideration of his imaginative work. We may think that the bulk of the material in the biblical book was communicated through preaching to the Jewish […]

Bible blog 2212

This blog continues the reflection on Ezekiel 1 -2/1 which I began in my previous blog. I concluded that Ezekiel’s vision arose from his imagination, which used elements from his faith tradition to build up a compelling image of God, which he also experienced as a revelation of God. I wrote that that his vision […]

Bible blog 2211

I am resuming this blog after a gap, with apologies to my former readers. We had two family deaths in one week a month or so back, which required attention.  In my next few blogs I want to reflect on the role of the human imagination in matters of faith, using some key passages from […]

Bible blog 2210

This blog continues my notes on translating Galatians GALATIANS 6 My dears, if people are caught out in some fall from grace, those of you who have an understanding should restore them with a gentle attitude, keeping an eye on yourselves, in case you are tempted as well. ”Lift one another’s loads” and so fulfil […]

bible blog 2209

This blog continues my notes on translating Galatians. GALATIANS 5:19 Now the actions prescribed by the flesh and blood self are evident: illicit sex, impurity, debauchery; idolatry, abuse of drugs, antagonism; wrangling, rivalry, hot-headedness; jealousy, division, party spirit; envy, drunkenness, riotous behaviour and suchlike. I tell you now as I have told you before, that […]

Bible blog 2208

GALATIANS 5: 13 You were summoned to freedom, my dears; only do not use your freedom as an incentive to your flesh and blood selves, but slave for one another through love. For the whole Law is summed up in one commandment: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. But if you snap and chew on […]

Bible blog 2207

This blog continues my notes on translating Galatians GALATIANS 5: 7 You were running well; who cut you off from trusting the truth? This distrust does not come from the One who is calling you. A tiny piece of leaven ferments the whole lump of dough. I trust in the Lord that you you will […]

Bible blog 2206

This blog continues my notes on translating Galatians Galatians 5 Christ has set us free so that we can enjoy freedom! So make a stand and refuse to submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look, I, Paulos, am telling you that if you are snipped, Messiah will be of no benefit to you. I […]