First Reading offers exegetical resources for the Old Testament Lectionary reading each week. Dr. Rachel Wrenn is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Capital University), Rosy Kandathil is a PhD candidate in Hebrew Bible at Emory University, and Tim McNinch is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Christian Theological Seminary. Each month, they invite a leading Hebrew Bible scholar for a longer conversation about the nitty-gritty of the week's text.
A Grammatical Diva
Lectionary Date: December 11, 2022 [3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A]
Tim spends some time in the grammar of Hebrew Poetry to make a theological discovery.
Back to the Future
Lectionary Date: December 4, 2022 [2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A]
Rachel helps us hear the melodies and harmonies of this classic text.
Isaiah 2:1–5, with David Davage
Lectionary Date: November 27, 2022 [1st Sunday of Advent, Year A]
It's Advent! To help us unpack the first reading for the first week of Advent, we have invited Dr. David Davage to join us. David is Associate Professor in Old Testament Exegesis at the Academy of Leadership and Theology, Umeå, Sweden. He is interested in the diachronic growth of the Psalms and the question of authorship in the ancient Near East. He is a prolific author, researcher, and a sought-after speaker. If you’re interested in more of his work, we recommend his newest book, How Isaiah Became an Author: Prophecy, Authority and Attribution.
Cease and Desist!
Lectionary Date: November 20, 2022 [Reign of Christ Sunday, Year C]
Tim finds the metaphorical thread that holds this famous psalm together—and it's not the image of peace you think it is!
Hot, Hot, Hot!
Lectionary Date: November 13, 2022 [23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Year C]
Rosy finds a wealth of sermon material in a very short text.
Resurrection or Stubbornness?
Lectionary Date: November 6, 2022 [22nd Sunday after Pentecost, Year C]
Tim tries to pull the lectionary reading back into its context.
Dr. Wrenn and Tim do a fantastic job making difficult biblical texts come to life. Their insights and attention to details often overlooked by the naked eye in scripture is a blessing.
Great resource for preaching
I’ve found this podcast very helpful for preaching. My worship committee requested a summer preaching series on the prophets and these episodes have helped me prepare faithfully. Thank you!
Some bright spots
For the most part it’s a decent podcast with introductory background of first reading texts. I like the brevity and I give it credit for focusing on first readings since we don’t really see many podcasts use this as a point of discussion. I also appreciate Rachel getting into some of the Hebrew.
What really turns me off at times are the presumptuous remarks by Tim. In one episode he said he would “fail Jesus for his exegesis.”