The Troubling Absence of Consent in OT Law and Narrative

The issue of consent has been much discussed in the wake of, among other things, the #MeToo movement, and I was wondering how we can relate that to the types of marriage practices that we see in the Bible, where consent really is not at the forefront, if relevant at all. What are we to make of concubinage, war brides, bride kidnapping (in Judges), rape laws (where unbetrothed virgins may be given in marriage to their rapists) or just the fact that Mosaic law seems to place a daughter’s choice of spouse entirely in her father’s hands? Many have highlighted that what David did to Bathsheba was most likely rape, but do we also change the way we speak about, say, Abraham and Hagar? As a concubine/slave, was Hagar in a position to consent? How do we speak honestly and forcefully about the evil of forced marriage and the importance of consent, considering that the Bible does not seem to condemn these things in a straightforward way? The Church has historically held that mutual consent is necessary for marriage, but was that arrived at independent of the biblical witness or in proper extrapolation from it? I would love to hear your thoughts on this issue.

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Theopolis Podcast: How to Read the Bible Typologically

This is the second of my talks on reading the Bible, which I recently delivered in Twin Cities area. You can listen to the first here.

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Theopolis Podcast: How to Read the Bible

I recently had the privilege of spending a few days in the Twin Cities area, where I delivered a series of talks on the subject of reading the Bible. The following is the first evening’s talks and subsequent questions and answers.

You can follow the Theopolis podcast on SoundcloudiTunes, and on most podcast apps. You can read show notes over on the Theopolis podcast website. You can also see past episodes I have contributed to by clicking the ‘Theopolis Podcast’ link in the bar above. If you would like to leave a question for us to answer, please do so on our Curious Cat page.

The Boring Parts of Scripture

Mere FidelityOn this week’s Mere Fidelity, Matt, Derek, and I discuss the ‘boring’ parts of Scripture: genealogies, numbers, lists of laws, sacrificial rituals, etc. How can we read such parts profitably?

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Biblicism

Mere FidelityOn this week’s Mere Fidelity, Derek, Andrew, and I discuss the subject of biblicism. I recently wrote two pieces that address the issue of biblicism from different angles: Being Biblical™: When the Bible Becomes a Brand and Learning Wisdom From the Serpents.

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What’s the Pastoral Use of Typology?

I very much appreciate your keen eye for typology and the like. As a pastor, I continually find myself thinking “That’s cool. So what?” I know that’s what many of my parishioners are thinking, so I try to show the importance and application of intertextual connections. I’d very much like to hear your reflections on the pastoral value of typology.

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