Posts Tagged ‘ Old Testament SS lessons ’

Cain, Abel and Statism

May 26, 2012
Cain, Abel and Statism

A couple of months ago, while gathering up all of the data required to “render unto the IRS” and trying to feel better about all of the work involved in doing so, I ran across an interesting piece of Biblical literary criticism. It became even more interesting to me when I started thinking about the […]

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How Long is the 11th Hour??

December 26, 2010
How Long is the 11th Hour??

OT SS Lesson #48 Ever since Malachi 3 (ca 455 BC?), covenant Israel has been waiting for the coming of the Lord. Lest any Christian mistake that Old Testament prophecy of the coming of the Lord in glory was fulfilled in the meridian of time, Christ himself taught that he would return and would at […]

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The Malleable Nature of Scripture is Scriptural

December 5, 2010
The Malleable Nature of Scripture is Scriptural

OT SS Lesson #47 Any Mormon worth his salt knows that scripture is meant to be “likened” unto ourselves. Latter-day Saints from Joseph Smith to the most recently-called missionary have cheerfully wrested scriptures from their context and misapplied the prophecies to their own lives. One might be tempted to urge caution when so doing, but […]

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Daniel, Muggles, and Millennial Politics

November 21, 2010
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OT SS Lesson #46 Well, who doesn’t think of the Old Testament Daniel while watching Daniel Radcliffe perform his role as the famous Harry Potter? Young boy is taken away from his home to enter a fantastical world he never knew existed — Check. Along with other elite youth, he is instructed in the wisdom […]

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Virtue or Stupidity: Why Daniel Reminds me of the “M-Word”

November 14, 2010
Virtue or Stupidity: Why Daniel Reminds me of the “M-Word”

OT SS Lesson #45 If there still exists anyone in the greater world of Mormon blogs who thinks I am writing these Old Testament posts as a resource for Sunday lessons and not for my own simple entertainment, this one should surely disabuse them. Let me start out all faith-promoting, though, and I’ll degenerate as […]

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River of Joy: Ezekiel and the Latter-day Temple

November 7, 2010
River of Joy: Ezekiel and the Latter-day Temple

OT SS Lesson #44 Here’s a section from our manual this week: Ask class members questions similar to the following: Have you ever been excited while watching a sporting event or some other kind of entertainment? Have you ever been so excited at such an event that you stood and shouted or cheered? Can you […]

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Halloween and the Laws in our Inward Parts

October 31, 2010
Halloween and the Laws in our Inward Parts

OT SS Lesson #43 When my now-returned-missionary daughter was in second grade, her class had a Halloween party. I sent her to school in a little blue Sleeping Beauty princess costume. As the teacher was setting up for the party, one of the students informed her that she was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and that […]

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You Naughty, Naughty Fig!

October 24, 2010
You Naughty, Naughty Fig!

OT SS Lesson #42 For a complete understanding of the Book of Jeremiah, one must keep in mind three different time periods. The first is that to which Jeremiah is ostensibly referring: his own. In this history, Jeremiah describes the rise of Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar in the 600’s BC, the fall of Jerusalem, the deportation […]

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Iron Pillar, or Wet Clay?

October 17, 2010
Iron Pillar, or Wet Clay?

OT SS Lesson #41 Did you know that the Prophet Jeremiah and I have a lot in common? You can read about it in Chapter 19. The Lord tells Jeremiah to get a clay jar and go to the East Gate of Jerusalem. Then he throws it down, breaking it into little pieces, and warning […]

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His Hand is Stretched Out Still

October 11, 2010
His Hand is Stretched Out Still

For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. OT SS Lesson #36 When you read the words of the prophet Isaiah that [the Lord’s] hand is stretched out still, does it give you comfort, or does it cause you to tremble? The phrase is a picturesque one, […]

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Yom Kippur and the Symbolism of Jonah’s Spiritual Journey

September 23, 2010
Yom Kippur and the Symbolism of Jonah’s Spiritual Journey

OT SS Lesson #33 If your ward happens to be just a little bit behind on the Sunday School lessons, you might experience the synchronicity of having the Book of Jonah read on Yom Kippur.  This year, the Jewish holiday falls on September 18 (close enough to Sunday the 19th!) and Jonah is traditionally read […]

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Adversity: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

August 19, 2010
Adversity: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

OT SS Lesson #32 After the Satan figure is given permission to afflict Job as a test of his faithfulness, three of Job’s friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, come to visit him, sitting with him in silence for seven days. On the seventh day, Job speaks, beginning a conversation in which each of the four […]

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Sophia of the Proverbs and the Feminine Divine

August 14, 2010
Sophia of the Proverbs and the Feminine Divine

OT SS Lesson #31 Feminist readers of the scriptures are well aware of the passages in Proverbs 8 which personify Wisdom (GK Sophia, HEB Hokhmah). These passages affirm that Sophia was there when God made the earth and acted as a partner with God in the creation. This idea fits in well with my conceptualization of […]

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Passing the Mantle

July 29, 2010
Passing the Mantle

OT SS Lesson #29 The prophet Elisha is introduced for the first time in 1 Kings 19.  Elijah has recently had his encounter with the 400 prophets of Baal and the still small voice of God on Mt. Horeb.  On his way from the mountain to the wilderness of Damascus Elijah finds Elisha plowing in a field.  He […]

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The Divided Kingdom Today

July 15, 2010
The Divided Kingdom Today

OT SS Lesson #27 “Take an old piece of clothing,” our Sunday School lesson advises, “or a piece of paper that is cut in the shape of a piece of clothing and tear it into 12 pieces. Explain that toward the end of Solomon’s life, the prophet Ahijah prophesied that Jeroboam, one of Solomon’s 12 superintendents […]

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The Question Solomon Couldn’t Answer

July 10, 2010
The Question Solomon Couldn’t Answer

OT SS Lesson #26 Our Sunday School lesson this week attempts to deal with the conundrum with which we are faced when considering that Israel’s King Solomon, who was a paragon of wisdom having received this gift from the Lord, could make the decidedly unwise decision of marrying foreign wives and following them into idolatry. The […]

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Approaches to Psalms

July 1, 2010

OT SS Lesson #25 The Book of Psalms is one of the most beautiful and meaningful books of the Bible, and it is agonizing to realize that our Sunday School schedule only allows one lesson to cover the entire oeuvre.  In this post, I’d like to outline several possible ways to approach a one-hour lesson on […]

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King David and the Doctrine of Blood Atonement

June 24, 2010
King David and the Doctrine of Blood Atonement

OT SS Lesson #24 The following statement was made by the LDS Church last Wednesday in conjunction with the execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner by firing squad in Utah.  I see this as a misunderstanding or a misrepresentation of what was taught in the past regarding the doctrine. Mormon Church Statement on Blood Atonement In the mid-19th […]

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Homosociality and the Friendship Between David and Jonathan

June 17, 2010
Homosociality and the Friendship Between David and Jonathan

OT SS Lesson #23 The story of David and Jonathan is one of the most inspiring examples of true friendship anywhere.  Our LDS SS manual firmly places this lesson within the mainstream view of Biblical exegesis, presenting the two as strong personal and platonic friends.  As I studied the covenant made between these young men in 1 […]

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You Can’t Ride Two Donkeys With One Ass: Saul and Spiritual Rebirth

June 10, 2010
You Can’t Ride Two Donkeys With One Ass: Saul and Spiritual Rebirth

OT SS Lesson #22 Ever since I was introduced to the word “liminal,” I have claimed it as my own. This word describes a threshold or a transitional position — a balancing point between two states of being. For many years I have felt poised on the threshold between two totally different ways of viewing […]

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