Yes, this week's episode is super-late, but here it is! This week we explore the limits of Nehemiah's strong justice ethic (hint: you don't have to go far to find them), and it's hard not to be disappointed in him. The other two readings - Amos and 2 Timothy - make challenging counter-points.

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Amos presents justice and mercy as integral to Yahweh worship, and in 2 Timothy there's a difficult discussion of a particular kind of stupidity. The challenge there in the New Testament is learning how to think and reason together as a community of Jesus followers and Bible readers.

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Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


Achtemeier, Elizabeth (1996). Minor Prophets I, Understanding the Bible Commentary Series. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker.
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Dibelius, Martin & Conzelmann, Hans (1966); tr. Philip Buttolph, Adela Yarbro (1972). The Pastoral Epistles: A Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, Hermeneia — A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press.
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Nehemiah 13, Nehemiah 12, Amos 5, 2 Timothy 2, 1 Corinthians 15, BAKERUBOTMINPRO01, HRMNEIA75PST