Join us for this updated twist on the Wednesday night Bible studies that you may have grown up with. Rev. David and Rev. Wendy Jerome will offer readings from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures that make up the Bible. We’ll cover some Christian basics and explore the Bible’s themes, contradictions, and curiosities. Talking snakes! Balaam's ass! Crumbling infrastructure! The Bible has it all. (And the beer is optional. Water, manna, unleavened bread – the snacks are up to you.)
Moses Won't For Directions
What Not to Say to a Burning Bush
Well, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, everyone. I’m so glad that every one of you can join us tonight. It is time yet again for another update, a twist on the Wednesday night Bible study that you may have grown up with today. Reverend Dr David Breeden will offer readings from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures that make up the Bible. We’ll cover some of the Christian basics and explore the Bible’s themes, contradictions and curiosities. Tonight, we got to get all theological as we start to understand the concept of God as Brown and we see the burning bush. So tell me more, David. What are we talking about tonight?Well, I mean, speaking of flames, I have left my saint Kurt Vonnegut Candle, a secular saint and president of the American Humanist Association, humanist of the year, great novelist and quite the spokesperson for humanism for many years. So Saint Kurt here. So we got a little flame going on. Also, it is Passover season for our Jewish friends. It will be extending from last weekend until April the 4th. And therefore it’s going to be Bibles and vino tonight just to celebrate the Passover season. This is Boggle, a Californian wine that’s voted one of the best in the country and one of my wife’s favorites. And hey, for the price point, as they say, it’s good. So there you go. We will we will drink a little libation to Moses and the burning bush tonight. So that’s the idea.Definitely. Definitely. Definitely. I’m so glad that you brought up Kurt Vonnegut. You’ve been talking about him a lot in coffee and wisdom this week.Yep, yep, yep. Kurt Vonnegut was a real deep thinker and one of the one of the great saints. As I say, you know, people really listen to him because of his. He had his authorial voice. He was a New York Times best selling author. And humanists don’t get into the limelight all that often, shall we say. But he was one that kind of crossed over into a larger popularity and really served as a great spokesman for humanism when he was alive,That he outlined the theology for humanism.You know, one of his brilliant what he is brilliant things was his tracing of a kind of a sci fi science fiction world, but it’s always a little absurd. He he created a science fiction fiction writer as a character, Kilgore Trout. And Kilgore is not the best science fiction writer in America, but he tries very hard, so.Yeah. Well, I guess it’s enough about humanism theology. I think it’s about time we talk about Jewish and Jewish philosophy and theology. I was a little bit about more about God and a burning bush.All right. Well, one of the interesting things about the third chapter of Exodus, which is we will be looking at tonight, is that it’s one of the few places in Hebrew scripture where we get painfully close to actually talking theology. One of the things about Hebrew scripture is it’s mostly stories, it’s history, and it’s God always interaction with the Hebrew people. But that’s what it is. It’s interaction in history. It’s not about where God is, how God is or any of those things. Now, there are reasons for that because of the vast time scale we’re looking at in terms of human history. But there’s also great care not doing that. But tonight, we’re going to look at the one place where that kind of gets close. So it’s all to do.Let’s throw this on up here.All right. Let’s get on it then. Yeah. All right, what not to say to a burning bush and this is the third chapter of Exit is so just a real quick little recap, a C often knee is when a manifestation of the divine meets up with a human being. There are a few things affinis in Hebrew scripture and some in Christian scripture as well.
Joseph the Trickster
Well, hello, hello, hello, everyone, welcome to Wednesday night Bible study. It’s time yet for another update, a twist on the Wednesday night Bible study that you may have grown up with today. Reverend Dr. David Breeden will offer readings from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures that make up the Bible. We’ll cover some of the Christian basics, explore the Bible’s themes, contradictions, curiosities. Tonight, we’re going to start talking about a little bit about that trickster, Joseph. But, you know, hey, it’s St. Patty’s Day. We got to do it right. We got to have you got to have a drink. Got to have your pot burger. You got to have it. Everything all laid out. What do we got on tap, David?Ok, I’m going to stay local tonight, even though I do have an Ouda pills mug. Here I am drinking summit ale in celebration of the Old World tonight. So a summit. I’ll stick into the Twin Cities. So it’s good. Good stuff for St. Patty’s Day.Well, I have to throw out the rest of the audience. What are you doing here? If you have any things that you’re doing for St. Patty’s Day, throw it up in the chat and tell us what you’re drinking tonight, even if it’s a bike for myself. Just a little bit of SodaStream. I think we’re pretty good with some water. So what do we got? You ready to get kicked off on this?I’m ready. You ready? Let’s do it. All right. Well, let’s do let’s take a peek here and and talk a little bit about Joseph the Trickster. Now, I talked a little bit about him last week, and we looked at how Jacob, also known as Israel, his dad was a trickster. Then Joseph becomes a trickster as well. And I did mention that this is the largest part of Genesis he takes on reflection, it takes about two chapters to destroy the whole human race with Noah and the flood. It takes a couple of chapters to invent the entire universe. But then we get from chapter thirty seven all the way to fifty about Joseph. So a fairly important guy in the in the ideas of the ancient Hebrews SASO. The Sons of Jacob are twelve. That becomes the twelve tribes of Israel. Very important to understand as background for this, because any time you’re talking in Hebrew scripture about these different forebears, patriarchs and you name them, everyone in the ancient audience would have known where they fit into this particular idea. And so here is Jacob’s family that I discussed last week. And as you know from your patriarchal Bible study, Jacob has two wives. Leah, the older sister of Rachel, is married off first, and she has most of the children, the oldest son, Reuben, who would normally be there for the coming patriarch. But he’s not. And there are some, you know, some tension going on here.And we all go on down here is Levi, who is going to be the father of the temple priests going forward. And Judah, now, Judah is going to be the progenitor of King David. And that important strain also, Judah will be the name of the country that is to the south of Israel. The ten tribes are in the north and then the tribe of Judah is in the south. And then you have the other tribe, Levi, who have priests and don’t own land. They’re part of the temple system. So that’s where we are. Judah will give us the name of Judea and also will give us the term Jewish eventually. So that’s that side of the family. Then we have Zalba here called Leah’s servant. She’s also a concubine, a dad. She has two kids, Asher and Gad. Then we have Rachel, the favorite wife of Jacob, and we have Joseph in his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat there, and his little brother Benjamin, his beloved brother Benjamin, who figures into the story. And then Rachel’s servant, another concubine of Jacob Bella,
Paul Takes It All Back
Evening, evening, evening, everyone. Thank you so much for joining us for Bibles and beer. Tonight, it is time yet again for an updated twist on the Wednesday night Bible study that you may have grown up with today. Reverend Dr. David Breeden will offer readings from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures that make up the Bible. We’ll cover some of the Christian basics, explore the Bible’s themes, contradictions and curiosities tonight. Grab your Bibles, bring them on up open to the New Testament, because tonight we’re going to go all exegesis on Paul and the Rapture. Something doesn’t make sense in the literary voice doesn’t match. So find a glass of wine or stout and let’s dig in a witch drink. Do you have on tap tonight, David?I have a local beer barrel house. This is a particular one as a lager called Wonder Stuff because, hey, what more wonderful is there than raising from the dead? So let’s crack open a beer here and think about it. Yeah. All right. Absolutely. Well, let’s get right at. By the way, I do have to share your beer brewed by monks. So it’s related to holy water. And here we have a medieval illustration of of a nice monk having a good quaff of beer out of his bowl. And so. Yeah, oh, very nearly holy water. Tonight I want to talk about Paul takes it all back or does that is the question and central question theologically about two books, first and second Thessalonians, very short little books, but very important in Christian teachings. Now the first epistle to the Thessalonians, usually written as one Thessalonians, is considered an authentic letter by Paul to the Church of Thessalonika, probably written in fifty two of the common era. You can see the map here. Thessalonika is way up to the north up here, Macedonia on a map here. And Thessalonika was the capital of that particular area back in Roman days. So a very important church to have gotten started there. But a fair piece from Athens. So it appears that the situation was grief among those converts who had assumed the second coming would occur before loved ones died. They were asking, what now? Now what?The trick here to remember is that Christianity from its very beginning was an apocalyptic faith. The end is always near and Paul was preaching that as well.The end is near now. The people in Thessaloniki and the church thought the end is near. Therefore, my loved ones aren’t going to die. Right. And so we’re all going to be happily ever after here. And then time passed, as time passed, as time passes and the loved ones begin to die off problem. They are not happy with what Paul was preaching to them. So now what is going to happen? So First Thessalonians for 13, but we do not want you to be uninformed brothers and sisters, writes Paul, about those who have died so that you may not grieve as others do, who have no hope for, since we believe that Jesus died and rose again. Even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died.So by golly, when when Jesus comes again, God comes again. You see. Do you see the little jumble of that here too? Who’s coming back?Christ, yeah. Don’t really know. But he’s going to bring the dead people back with him. So I guess he’s going to come back with their souls. And this is one of the things that’s been debatable through Christian theological time. Right. So and this is probably the most famous bit right here for this. We declare to you by the word of the Lord that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who have died, will by no means precede those who have died. Wait for it for the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the arch angels calling with the sound of God’s trumpet will descend from heaven and the dead in ...
Jacob and the Boys
Rev. Dr. David Breeden & Justice Bovee
March 3rd, 2021
Your Weekly Humanist Bible Study
This strikes a nice balance between being informative and entertaining. These guys engage honestly (and often humorously) with the textual material, and they provide great context so it all makes sense. Keep it up!