Tumbling: A Degenerative Spiral

November 2, 2022

Text: Genesis 4:3-7; 6:11-13; 11:2-4 Days 11-13 in Around the Bible in Eighty Days Traditionally, particularly in the West, Christian theologians have described the transition from the Garden of Eden to ground east of Eden as “the Fall.” Of course, there is a sense in which there is a fall because the circumstances radically changed: […]

The Tower of Babel – What’s the Problem?

July 9, 2012

What’s wrong with a tower? “We” build them all the time. In fact, “we” are even now completing one in New York City to replace the Twin Towers. Some read the Tower of Babel story as a polemic against conformity where individuality is lost. Others read it as a judgment against the human refusal to […]

Zechariah 5:5-11 – A New Temple for Greed and Power

February 16, 2012

Just as Zechariah lifted up his eyes to see the flying scroll in the last vision (Zechariah 5:1-4), his angelic guide throughout these visions tells him to lift them up again to see something else. The angel turns his attention away from the scroll to the appearance of a basket (ephah) which might hold anywhere […]