This week we're looking for the first time at what I expect will be a recurring theme: sanitised and euphemised stories about David. There's also an interesting dialogue in Isaiah as the prophet sets up a knockout. And in Matthew, Jesus preaches a high view of humanity.

This is the first of several shorter episodes for the summer.

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Driver, S. L. (1913). Notes on the Hebrew Text and the Topography of the Books of Samuel. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
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Luz, Ulrich; tr. Crouch, James E. (2001). Matthew 8–20: A Commentary on Matthew 8–20, Hermeneia — A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible. Minneappolis, MN: Fortress Press.
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