Bible’s Major Players: Mary Magdalene
Apr21

Bible’s Major Players: Mary Magdalene

The Bible is filled with some major players. Mary Magdalene is one from the New Testament. Mary Magdalene is one of the few women who are named as followers of Jesus. Mary is often listed first among these names. She is often portrayed in movies, including Jesus Christ Superstar and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, as a prostitute. Why? Mary Magdalene is often connected with the woman of the street who breaks the jar of...

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Bible’s Major Players: Tamar
Mar02

Bible’s Major Players: Tamar

The Bible is filled with some major players. David’s daughter Tamar is one from the Old Testament. Tamar was the daughter of Maacah and David. She is the only daughter of David’s mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. In an interesting story, worthy of Jerry Springer, David’s oldest son (and first in line for the throne) Ammon finds himself madly – madly – in love with his half-sister Tamar. He pretends to be ill...

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Bible’s Major Players: David
Feb24

Bible’s Major Players: David

The Bible is filled with some major players. King David is one from the Old Testament. The Bible says that when Samuel anointed David, the “spirit of the Lord came mightily upon” him (1 Samuel 16:13). In the very next verse, the reader is told that an evil spirit in Saul replaces the spirit of the Lord. Barry Bandstra notes that in “the Hebrew Bible the spirit of God is the power God bestows on select individuals...

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Bible’s Major Players: Joseph the Carpenter
Dec15

Bible’s Major Players: Joseph the Carpenter

The Bible is filled with some major players.  The carpenter Joseph is one from the New Testament. Though there is not much said about this man, I would argue that Joseph played a significant role in the birth narratives. It took an enormous amount of risk and faith for Joseph to stay married to Mary after she told him that she was pregnant. According to the society of the time, Mary would have been labeled as a woman of the street and...

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Bible’s Major Players: Delilah
Oct27

Bible’s Major Players: Delilah

The Bible is filled with some major players. Delilah is one from the Old Testament. The book of Judges tells of a man named Samson, who should be included in the next cast of Expendables. Samson was a Nazirite set apart to God. Nazirites followed strict guidelines. Samson blew most of them in the wind. But one, not cutting his hair, he followed. It was a tough time. The Israelites were constantly fighting off other -ites. The worse of...

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Bible’s Major Players: The Samaritan Woman
Oct13

Bible’s Major Players: The Samaritan Woman

The Bible is filled with some major players. The Samaritan woman at the well is one from the New Testament. When Megan and I traveled to Austin, Texas, we made the decision NOT to rent a car. We decided that we would walk the streets of Austin as much as possible to experience the culture and the city. And to save money. On more than one occasion, we walked miles to get from one end of the city to another to get the tacos we were told...

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