Ezra - second Moses, wise as kings, expert in Torah - comes to restore to the people of Judah the true worship and knowledge of the blessed Yahweh, God of their fathers. The pre-exilic setting of Hosea makes a great juxtaposition with Ezra's post-exilic memoir this week, and Paul is reaching the end of his tumultuous life journey in Acts.

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The combination of Ezra and Hosea really does present nice mirror contrast in this episode: where Ezra restores Torah to the new temple and the new Judean people, Hosea identifies the breaking of Torah as corruption and loss of identity for the whole nation. It's more than just a law code: it embodies who they are as a people, as the people of Yahweh.

In Acts, we're looking at the long sea voyage narrative of chapter 27. We see how Luke takes this history, weaves it with rich symbology and gospel meaning, and presents an epic tale of mortal danger, validation for Paul's ministry to the Gentiles, and vindication of the gospel of Jesus Christ itself.

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Davies, Gordon F. (1999). Ezra and Nehemiah, Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.
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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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Wolff, Hans Walter; tr. Stansell, Gary (1974). Hosea: A Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Hosea, Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible. Philadelphia: Fortess Press.
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episode 11: reflection and introspection (2018/11/12), a look at the resolution of the sea voyage narrative in Acts 27-28


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