Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 213

The scriptures read Song of Songs 4-6, Psalm 24 and 1 Thessalonians 1.

Song of Songs 4-6. Someone asked me about how comparing your love's hair to a flock of goats was romantic. Hey, in an agricultural society, maybe that the height of sexiness.

Garden and dream imagery. We got a poetic description of the woman's beauty and now the same is done for the man.

Could Shulammite be a poetic variation of Jerusalemite?

Psalm 24. Here's a contemporary version that nevertheless covers the whole psalm and not just 2 or 3 verses repeated ad nauseum. That said, here is an energetic version of verses 7-10 in Hebrew that will have you strumming your air guitar.

1 Thessalonians 1. This is thought by scholars to be the earliest of Paul's letters that we have and therefore the oldest book in the New Testament. Written around 50 AD, 20 years after Jesus' crucifixion, it mentions Jesus' resurrection (so that was no late invention, created by believers long after the witnesses to Jesus' life had died out) and his coming again. Jesus is called the Son of God and the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. Remember this is 15 or more years before the gospels are written and already these basics are common knowledge and important doctrines in the church.

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