Friday, March 31, 2006
In the Hebrew God creates a non sex specific being called "ha-adam" (sorry no Hebrew characters in blogger - i wonder if they answer why not in their FAQ?) which is means most literally creature of the earth and then not till the taking of the rib does genesis start using "Is" for man and "Issa" for woman and then the man gets called “adam”. (roughly speaking)
Now, what Korsak does in her translation that made my jaw drop (and swear out loud) was instead of God taking the earth creature’s rib God takes the creatures side (the Hebrew word is basically never translated as rib elsewhere. Eg: Exo 26:26 You shall make bars of acacia wood, five for the frames of the one side (rib???) of the tabernacle.) It is then with this side of the creature that God makes woman.
This just gave me a vivid image of one side (or even half?) of the earth creature being taken from it and made into woman leaving man as a creature with a missing half. This idea is then echoed in verse 24 “Therefore a man ("is") leaves his father and his mother and clings to his woman ("issa"), and they become one flesh.”
Now I’m not 100% about this and will have to do some checking but it put so many up in the air pieces together for me that I had to post.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Imagine if the latest instalment of the Harry Potter series was delayed two years before it came to Australia and then the Australian printers printed the chapters out of sequence. Or, if the latest Radiohead album was released two years late and a couple of tracks were axed for the Australian release.
According to triple J's Hack Australians are the biggest downloaders of television and it's not hard to see why. Free to air television will struggle in this new age of technology all I ask is that they don't shoot themselves in the foot.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
My friend Si had recently posted these two songs for a game of six degrees...
A Love Supreme - John Coltrane (A Love Supreme)
The Hardest Button to Button - The White Stripes (Elephant)
Which I joined up in six degrees like this...
John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" was known as his "Christian" album (due to it's religious themes) Bob Dylan (1) also had a "Christian" album "A slow train coming" Which Mark Knofler (2) played guitar on. Mark Knofler was part of a highly successful and quite crap band in the 80's Dire Straits (3). Michael Jackson (4) was also a highly successful and quite crap artist in the 80's. Fortunately Nirvana's (5) "Nevermind" with it's huge break through single "smells like teen spirit" knocked Michael jackson's appropriately titled "Bad" album from the US number one spot and Nirvana were hailed as the Saviours of Rock by the indie press. Nearly 10 years later The White Stripes (6) with there "Elephant" album and break through single "seven nation army" were also hailed as saviours of rock by the indie press. "the hardest button to button" was another single from that album.
If you want to play go to... sixdegreesofipod.blogspot.com
Game 1 is...
The Beatles: "Paper back writer" single
Nirvana: "Come as you are" Nevermind
Saturday, March 18, 2006
What my little escapade in to scripture has done is made me excited that the story of Jesus connects with people in so many ways of which substitution is only a small one. What we need to be responsible is for is how we tell that story and what lens we tell it through. We may only have to describe the tail and the ears before someone falls in the elephant – particularly if they have an aversion to the idea of eating with your nose. This is perhaps why some of the best analogies for Jesus life come from modern movies directed by non Xns who aren't thinking "must tell story through the lens of substitution"
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Well this happened to me recently on a reframe discussion. I'd thrown in my 2 cents worth to a discussion about atonement that I thought substitution (penal substitution to be exact) was a pretty crappy analogy for atonement. Which was a just a rehash of my It's time to Substitute Substitution post and New Analogy for Atonement post.
After a little discussion someone suggested that hypothetically we could be forgiven through some other means other than Jesus death, one member was a little distressed at this suggestion. And asked
You (another member not me) wrote, 'God could mercifully forgive us whether or not Jesus came'. How? It feels like you guys are discussing the cross as some sort of symbol rather than something that achieved an ontological reality. Should I be concerned?
Regarding your question about 'God could mercifully forgive us whether or not Jesus came'. I guess I'd say because God has forgiven us (humanity) before Jesus died. (See Gen 18:26, Exo 32:32, Num 14:20, 2Ch7:14, Neh 9:17, 2Ch 30:18, Isa 55:7, Psa 65:3, Psa103:12, Jer 31:34, Jer 33:8, Eze 16:63, Mat 9:6/Mar2:7/Luk 5:21 for a start, there are more but I was being lazy) When you ask How? I'm not to sure of the mechanics. None the less God has said that he has done it. I know that this doesn't sit well with the traditional penal substitution thing and I have heard people say that God was forgiving in the old testamant with Jesus death in the future in mind but just wasn't letting us in on that yet. I'm not sure if I buy that.
Dennis Bratcher (I have no idea who he is but I like his site) would say "no" see question 5 of his 10 questions article.
So what about verses like...
Matthew 20:28 the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Galations 2:20 Jesus gave himself for me.
1 Corinthians 15:3 Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures.
Well this is part 1 of my little journey to try and answer this question. For more details on how my brain will process this have a look at my Liberal Evangelical post. I thought it my be fun to honestly journey with this question rather than just post an answer that I have already thought through. So here goes...
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Send me an email if you've got something better.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Well open your favourite glossy, find a good article, press down really hard where the two pages meet the spine and then magically you'll see some extra small type explaining the where the article was sourced.
Why would a glossy magazine do this?
So that they can recylce old articles and pass them off like new.
Take this article my wife spotted (she's so cool!) from the March 2006 edition Marie Claire magazine. According to Marie Claire it's a "special report" on having a fat bum. Special report my Butt! How about recycled report? Or how about special report Colors magazine’s butt?
I’ll let you be the judge...
This is the opening page to the artcile in Marie Claire March 2006
This is the opening page to an article in Colors Magazine April 1998 (the Fat issue)
This is the second page of the Marie Clare article about the difficulties involved with "taking a trip", "using a toilet" and "being sick".
Here's the original "taking a trip" section from the Colors magazine article
Here's the original "using the toilet" section from the Colors magazine article
Here's the original taking a "being sick" section from the Colors magazine article
This is the third page of the Marie Clare article about the difficulties involved in "going to a movie", "getting through turnstyles" (joining the crowd) and "having fun".
Here's the original going to a movie section from the Colors magazine article
Here's the original "getting through turnstyles" (getting home) section from the Colors magazine article
And of course the text is recycled too almost word for word. Read for yourself here... colors_vs_marie_claire
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
With Cameron Crowe writing and directing and with Susan Sarandon as a supporting actor you’d think that the movie would be at least watchable, But no. Perhaps one of the worst movies I have ever seen (and Almost Famous is one of my favourites). Let me explain like this… Have you ever looked at the extras on a DVD and seen lots of extra scenes that got cut from the final movie because they were little tangents or didn’t really contribute anything to the overall narrative. Well Elizabeth town was much like an entire movie of extra scenes with the original narrative being completely gutted from the movie. And, you know how sometime movies have a huge ensemble cast and you feel like you don’t really get to know all of the characters. Well, Elizabeth town was similar only there were really only two characters. Once again Cameron Crowe has chosen a terrific sound track without which I don’t think I would have sat through the first hour or so to get to the final and most watchable part of the film – the road trip. I had no reason to like Orlando Bloom’s character Drew Baylor and whilst Kirsten Dunst’s character Claire was at least likeable I had no idea why she would chase Drew wherever he went. Dear Cam, If it’s not working out on the next movie at least do Almost Famous 2. I know it won’t be as good as the original but at least it won’t be this bad.