Category Archives: Messiness of scripture

Whose staff is it anyway?

Who is in charge? Who owns this staff? Moses’ staff OR Aaron’s staff OR God’s staff? (Exodus 4:2, 7:15, 17:20, 9:23, 10:13 versus Exodus 7:9-12, 7:19 versus Ex 4:20, ) Exodus 4:2, 7:15, 7:20, 9:23, and 10:13 all indicate that … Continue reading

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Will the real priests please stand up: A rivalry between the House of Aaron and the Levites

Does Jehovah choose only the direct descendants of Aaron as priests OR all of the tribe of Levi? (Exodus 28:1, 28:41, 29:1-9, 40:12-16; Leviticus 1-8; Numbers 3:1-9, 25:10-12 versus Exodus 32 and Deuteronomy 18:1-8) “Bring Aaron, your brother, forward to … Continue reading

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Slaves were commanded to be good slaves in the Bible?

Slaves be obedient to your masters! Texts: 1 Corinthians 7:20-22; Ephesians 6:5-9; 1 Timothy 6:1-2; Titus 2:9-10; 2 Peter 2:18-19 I like to remind students that the Bible was written by actual people that lived in a certain time and … Continue reading

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No revelation is entirely perfect

Brigham Young conceded that the “revelations of God contain correct doctrine and principles, so far as they go; but it is impossible for the poor, weak, low, groveling, sinful inhabitants of the earth to receive a revelation from the Almighty … Continue reading

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Conflicting views of God in the Bible

The God of the Bible has changed over time   The use or non-use of the name of Israel’s god, Jehovah or Yahweh, is not the only distinctive feature between the Yahwist and Elohist traditions when it comes to how they portray and conceptualize … Continue reading

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John 5 – Superstition about the waters at Bethesda

This pool [was] evidently a mineral spring of some sort whose waters bubbled intermittently as escaping gases broke the surface…No doubt these waters had-as hot mineral springs do in our day-some curative and healing powers, which gave rise to a … Continue reading

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