David Conrad's Blog Posts Tagged 'review' (17)

Bible review: Deuteronomy 10-21

“If in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess someone is found slain, lying in the open country, and it is not known who killed him, then your elders and your judges shall come out, and they shall measure the distance to the surrounding cities.  And the elders of the city that is nearest. . . shall take a heifer that has never been worked and that has not pulled a yoke. . . and shall break the heifer’s neck. . . And all the elders of that city nearest to the…

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Added by David Conrad on November 13, 2012 at 12:57am — No Comments

Bible review: Deuteronomy 1-9

Do not say in your heart, after the LORD your God has thrust them out before you, ‘It is because of my righteousness that the LORD has brought me in to possess this land,’ whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out before you.  Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the LORD your God is driving them out from before you.…

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Added by David Conrad on November 5, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Bible Review: Numbers 26-36

So the people of Gad and the people of Reuben came and said to Moses and to Eleazar the priest and to the chiefs of the congregation “. . .the land that the Lord struck down before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.”  And they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession.  Do not take us across the Jordan.” – Numbers 32:2-5

This is the last…

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Added by David Conrad on October 25, 2012 at 2:01am — No Comments

Bible review: Numbers 17-25

“God brings them out of Egypt and is for them like the horns of the wild ox.  For there is no enchantment against Jacob, no divination against Israel; now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel, ‘What has God wrought!’  Behold, a people!  As a lioness it rises up and as a lion it lifts itself; it does not lie down until it has devoured the prey and drunk the blood of the slain.” – Numbers 23:22-24

The books of the Torah must have been written at a…

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Added by David Conrad on October 14, 2012 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Bible Review: Numbers 12-16

And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and they said, “We will not come up. Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you must also make yourself a prince over us? Moreover, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you put our the eyes of these men? We will not come up.” – Numbers…

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Added by David Conrad on September 28, 2012 at 11:53am — No Comments

Bible Review: Numbers 1-11

Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving.  And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat!  We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.  But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at. – Numbers 11:4-6

If you’ve ever read an Umberto Eco novel such as The Name of the…

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Added by David Conrad on September 13, 2012 at 1:08am — No Comments

Bible review: Leviticus 18-26

Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death.  Whoever takes an animal’s life shall make it good, life for life.  If anyone injures his neighbor, as he has done it shall be done to him, fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; whatever injury he has given a person shall be given to him. – Leviticus 24:17-20

I think there are two main things I want in my reading material: one is that I want things to be happening, and the other is that I…

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Added by David Conrad on September 4, 2012 at 1:17am — 2 Comments

Bible Review: Leviticus 1-17

And if the disease is in the walls of the house with greenish or reddish spots, and if it appears to be deeper than the surface, then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house and shut up the house seven days. . . If the disease breaks out again in the house, after he has taken out the stones and scraped the house and plastered it, then the priest shall go and look.  And if the disease has spread in the house, it is a persistent leprous disease in the house;…

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Added by David Conrad on August 25, 2012 at 11:37am — No Comments

Bible Review: Exodus 14-40

And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.’ So he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights.  He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments. – Exodus 34:27-28

I regret to report that Exodus, after a powerful opening quarter, ended with a very protracted, very frustrating, very inconclusive…

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Added by David Conrad on August 16, 2012 at 1:42am — No Comments

Bible Review: Exodus 8-13 (An Appreciation of Unleavened Bread)

They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. – Exodus 11:8

Seven days they you shall eat unleavened bread.  On the first day you shall remove leaven out of yours houses, for if anyone eats what is leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. – Exodus 11:15

And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your…

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Added by David Conrad on August 8, 2012 at 5:56pm — 3 Comments

Bible Review: Exodus 1-7

So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded.  Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent.  Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts. – Exodus 7:10-11

Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded.  In the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants he lifted up the staff and struck the water in the Nile, and all the water…

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Added by David Conrad on July 31, 2012 at 11:52pm — No Comments

Bible Review: Genesis 36-50

So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for all the Egyptians sold their fields, because the famine was severe on them.  The land become Pharaoh’s.  As for the people, he made servants of them from one end of Egypt to the other.  Only the land of the priests he did not buy. . .

Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have this day bought you and your land for Pharaoh.  Now here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land.  And at the harvests you…

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Added by David Conrad on July 28, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

Bible Review: Genesis 24-35

So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem), and Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb.  It is the pillar of Rachel’s tomb, which is there to this day. – Genesis 35:19-20

Even atheists love Indiana Jones.  That goes without saying, of course.  Raiders and Last Crusade (let’s leave Temple out of this, shall we?) are rightly considered among the best action-adventure films ever made, and as a child of…

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Added by David Conrad on July 7, 2012 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Bible Review: Genesis 15-23

But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.”  Now Abimelech had not approached her.  So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people?  Did he not himself say to me, “She is my sister”?  And she herself said, “He is my brother.”  In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.”  Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you…

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Added by David Conrad on July 3, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Bible Review: Genesis 7-14

“And the LORD said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do.  And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.  Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” – GENESIS 11:6-7

I've indicated before that this is not going to be a “gotcha” blog, and I meant it.  I’m not here to throw stones, so to speak.…

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Added by David Conrad on July 2, 2012 at 12:48am — No Comments

Bible Review: Genesis 3-6

When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.”  Lamech lived after he fathered Noah 595 years and had other sons and daughters.  Thus all the days of Lamech were 777 years, and he died. – GENESIS 5:28-31

My Kindle app informs me that after a rather lengthy preface and six chapters of Genesis I…

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Added by David Conrad on June 27, 2012 at 7:53pm — 10 Comments

Bible Review: Genesis 1-2

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”  And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse.  And it was so.  And God called the expanse Heaven. - GENESIS 1:6-8

I adore the world of Middle Earth, but on the rare occasions that I venture into The Silmarillion I pass through the first chapter pretty…

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Added by David Conrad on June 25, 2012 at 7:32pm — 13 Comments

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