Category Archives: Life to Come

Elul Meditation: My Salvation

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. It begins, “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” Salvation is perhaps not the best English word, not because it is not an accurate rendering of ישעה … Continue reading

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Leviticus, Impurity, and the Odor of Death

In the first part of this series, “Leviticus, Impurity, and Mouldering Self-Portraits,” I started with a comparison by Jacob Milgrom, the premier Leviticus scholar, on impurity in the Torah and a novel by Oscar Wilde. I also tried to look … Continue reading

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Yeshua and Faith

A friend of mine (we’ve met face to face once in Jerusalem, he lives in Holland) is in a place I have been before. I once blogged about it and my terms were not as stark as his. But I … Continue reading

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BOOK EXCERPT: Love in the World to Come

The following is the beginning of the eleventh chapter of my book, The World to Come. I watched The Book of Eli last night. Whatever the critics say about the movie, it had a few really good lines. Not least … Continue reading

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Descended into hell?

Okay, I’m having a couple of very busy days. And I don’t want my blogging to suffer. So I’m doing what people often do when they are short on time. I’m piggybacking my thoughts on things I find on other … Continue reading

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The Kiss in Christian and Jewish Midrash

Okay, midrash isn’t really a Christian word. A midrash is a reaction to scripture, a sort of derived extension of the words of the Bible into the larger ideas and stories of faith. Sometimes a midrash becomes an extra-biblical story … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Kingdom of Heaven, Pt 5

In his book Surprised by Hope, British scholar N.T. Wright mentions an interesting misunderstanding about the meaning of Yeshua’s resurrection. It is an objection, really, made by some scholars to the popular understanding of this age, the Age to Come, … Continue reading

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