Thoughts on Scripture

James Bejon
Scattered thoughts from James Bejon related to all things Biblical. All content free.
Created 12 Apr 2021
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  • Ezekiel 1–11
    26 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    One of the primary themes of Luke’s birth narrative(s) is the return of God’s presence and glory to his Temple. That theme is brought to our attention by Luke at in at least three different ways. Firs...
  • Jacob and His Family’s Complexities
    11 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 2 1
    Genesis 46’s presentation of Jacob’s family tree is a remarkable composition. One of its lists of names is accompanied by an unusual person count, which is typically dismissed as an artefact of incons...
  • YHWH, the Exodus, and the Number 26
    03 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    The text of Exodus 3–15 recounts YHWH’s self-revelation to the people of Israel and his epochal victory over Pharaoh, the self-professed god of Egypt. Its narrative makes use of three key words in ord...
  • The ‘Extraordinary Birth’ Type-Scene
    30 Oct 2021 • 14 min read • 5 3
    The OT contains a number of extraordinary birth scenes. These scenes, as I define them, consist of five main components, which can be summarised as follows: a couple find themselves unable to have chi...
  • Judah’s Last Days
    24 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 3 2
    The text of 1 Chronicles 3.1–16 lists the kings of Judah from David through to the time of the exile. Like many Biblical lists, it has some neat numerical features. In 1 Chronicles 1, a list of ten de...
  • John’s Passion Narrative
    27 Jun 2021 • 7 min read • 4 4
    Summary: A garden, a tree, some thorns, some guards, angels, weapons, and flames: Which passage of Scripture do these things bring to mind? Genesis 2–3, right? It’s certainly a valid answer, but it’s ...
  • Fun with Genealogies
    10 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    Soon after the Israelites’ conquest of the trans-Jordan, the Machirites (descendants of Manasseh) came to Moses in order to raise the issue of Zelophehad’s inheritance. Zelophehad had only fathered da...
  • The Book of Judges & its Anti-Feasts
    25 May 2021 • 8 min read • 7 3
    Summary: The book of Judges is built around a series of inversions/travesties of Israel’s three main feasts. These ‘feasts’ are not memorials of God’s goodness; rather, they are a liturgy of violence....
  • Jesus & Kingship
    14 May 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Matthew opens his Gospel with a statement of Jesus’ right to occupy David’s throne. Mark and Luke do too, but they do things their own way, and reveal a lot about kingship in the process. Kings were a...
  • Belshazzar’s Riddle (Part II)
    03 May 2021 • 11 min read
    For Part I, cp. https://jamesbejon.substack.com/p/belshazzars-riddle-part-i. Or, for a pdf version of the present note (with bibliographic details, etc.), see https://www.academia.edu/44211586/. Other...
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