I've just about talked myself into doing a weekly Torah slot, because this is the last week in Torah on the Bible Companion for this year! This week, the end of Deuteronomy is our springboard for considering how we as Christians approach the Law of Moses and the wider Hebrew Bible. We're also starting the rest of our year with the Hebrew prophets (up first: Isaiah until July) and finishing Acts all over again (with a literary twist, this time around).

It's a very literary show this week, firstly in introducing Isaiah and paying careful attention to the historical backdrop of the book's various parts. The message of Isaiah ben Amoz resonated down the centuries of ancient Israel, and it's going to be so much fun to spend a couple of months really thinking about how it resonates with us today.

We're doing similar work in Acts this week too, by trying to put ourselves inside the first century Mediterranean culture from which Luke is writing. There are some grand, literary motifs in play that will hopefully bring the gospel of Jesus to life through the work - and person - of Paul. Just a little light socio-rhetorical interpretation to see where Luke takes us.

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Tigay, Jeffrey H. (1996). Deuteronomy, The JPS Torah Commentary. Philadelphia, PA: The Jewish Publication Society.
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Sweeney, Marvin A. (1996). Isaiah 1-39 with an Introduction To Prophetic Literature, The Forms Of The Old Testament Literature. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
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Pervo, Richard I. (2009). Acts: A Commentary, Hermeneia - A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
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Conzelmann, Hans (1972); tr. Limburg, Kraabel, Juel (1987). Acts of the Apostles: A Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles (2nd Edition), Hermeneia - A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press.
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On Being Eaten By Worms at living-faith.org, another example of a contemporary literary motif in Acts


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