During the reign of Herod the Great, a royal caravan came from foreign lands east of Palestine. Sages, with an entourage of soldiers and slaves. Gentiles like Job, bringing precious gifts for an infant king of the Jews--a king greater than Herod, greater even than Solomon. When the expedition arrived in Jerusalem, they said that… Continue reading Job, Part 5: The Epiphany
Adonai said to the satan, 'Did you notice my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth ...' Then the satan responded to Adonai, saying, '... strike everything that he has, and he will certainly curse You to Your face!' Then Adonai said to the satan, 'Everything he has is in your… Continue reading Job, Part 4: The Dragon
Then ADONAI answered Job out of the whirlwind... 'Now gird up your loins like a man; I will question you, and you will inform me!'"--Job 38:2-3 TLV The more I read The Book of Job, the more I'm convinced that it wasn't meant to explain the problem of suffering. The suffering itself is a decoy--like… Continue reading Job, Part 3: The Chariot of Fire
The Book of Job is a portal into an unseen war, a tribute to the glory of God in creation, and a testimony to the fact that people inevitably disappoint each other and that great men are only men after all. This book can be very confusing, with so much wisdom to unpack, and therefore… Continue reading Job, Part 2: James–A Commentary on The Book of Job?
Before Moses or Muhammad, there was a mighty son of the East who lost everything and wanted to appeal in heaven's court with boldness ("like a prince"). Jews, Christians and Muslims honor him. Scholars are puzzled by him. Even in his own lifetime, he was a legend and a riddle. He was truly his brother's… Continue reading Job, Part 1: Dusting Off The Arab Hero of The Bible
"He led me to the gate, the gate looking east, and behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east."--Ezekiel 43:1-2 TLV My favorite place in Jerusalem (so far) is the eastern gate, known as the Golden Gate or The Gate of Mercy--seen above from the Garden of Gethsemane, framed by… Continue reading Beautiful Beulah
He was crossing King David Street, in Jerusalem, near the hip vicinity of Mamilla Mall. I noticed his distinctly Native American features and limber stride even before I saw the long hair dangling down his back, swinging behind him like a pendulum as he disappeared into a sweaty throng of pedestrians. His head was high.… Continue reading Chief Cornerstone & The Thirteenth Apostle