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Bible studies for writers | Deuteronomy 3

Moses’ pep talk continues, but by the end of Chapter 3, we start getting a sense of purpose - and a sad one at that. Moses is saying goodbye. He takes three chapters, though, before he even hints about it. We could learn a lot from his format: 1. Shames and points out wrongs2. Builds… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Deuteronomy 3

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Bible studies for writers | Deuteronomy 2

Still recalling the ups and downs of the Israelites’ wanderings for the last 40 years, Moses seems to be giving a pep talk to the people of Israel. Remember, they’re still standing on the banks of the Jordan awaiting their entry into the Promised Land. They know it’s going to be one whopper of a… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Deuteronomy 2

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Bible studies for writers | Deuteronomy 1

The Old Testament reads like a great adventure novel, complete with betrayal and adultery and disease and death. Deuteronomy continues the story of the Israelites’ journey to the Promised Land. We last left off with the Israelites standing on the banks of the Jordan River divvying up land they’d yet to even conquer. Moses was… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Deuteronomy 1

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 36

Numbers wrap-up. Yayyyy! Numbers works like a prelude to a new season. The Israelites have traveled all the way from Egypt over decades, and now the only thing that lies between them and the land they’ve been promised is the Jordan River (and a few thousand citizens. Meh.). The ending of Numbers, too, has left… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 36

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 35

I kind of swooned over this chapter a bit. I even drew a red heart in the sidebar. This chapter lays out the lands for the Israelites upon their arrival to the Promised Land. It draws boundaries and sets up “rural” lands as well as systems for taxes and tithes, justice and democracy. It outlines… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 35

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 34

We be Googlin’ today, folks! This chapter sets up the boundaries for the Promised Land, which Moses will never see, but nevertheless, God explains them to him in detail anyway. And Moses does a great job in describing the boundaries in text. That’s hard to do! [Enter mapping experts and people who know how to… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 34

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 33

Recording the Israelites journey. On my first day as a cub reporter on a daily newspaper, my editor gave me the city council agenda and told me to make it into a news story. It was short and simple, nothing special, but it showed my editors I could cobble together sentences and follow AP Style.… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 33

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 32

If you’ve ever taken a film class, you know that once you take a film class, you never view a film the same. That’s how it is for me with writing. I like to go behind the scenes and get the who, what, when, where and how of every story I read. Ok, not every… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 32

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 31

God leads with: take revenge, and then you will die. And Moses seems to say, “Ok, then, let’s get ‘er done.” First, he organizes a posse of 12,000 to wage war. Then, he’s got to figure out what to do with all the women the soldiers brought home. Next, he had to make sure everything… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 31

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Bible studies for writers | Numbers 30

Vows for marrying? This passage is difficult to understand right off. I get the sense that women had a little say in who they married and what happened between them after the knot was tied. But it also seems that men ultimately have the last word. Aren’t we thankful that this no longer rings true???… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Numbers 30