Joe Schmoe Reads Genesis: Part 1

When an ordinary guy with no religious background, reads Genesis, he uses his ordinary reading habits to help him figure out what the story is all about. Today, he looks for the connecting thread.Continue readingJoe Schmoe Reads Genesis: Part 1

Joe Schmoe, Meet the Bible

Any careful reader, even an unbeliever, can discern the literal meaning of Scripture. Today we meet Joe Schmoe, ordinary guy, and introduce him to the Bible.Continue readingJoe Schmoe, Meet the Bible

Digging for Treasure in the Bible

As we return to our series comparing accounts of the Great Flood, we need to recognize that Sacred Scripture hides its greatest truths from profane eyes.Continue readingDigging for Treasure in the Bible

Great Flood Recap: Wrestling with Proteus

Drawing from the same fund of mythology, different poets can tell very different stories, as we’ve seen when examining accounts of the Great Flood in both Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Epic of Gilgamesh.Continue readingGreat Flood Recap: Wrestling with Proteus

Metamorphoses 3: Change Is the Only Constant

Metamorphoses is a poem about the inevitability of change; the story of the Great Flood in Book I suggests that humans, like stone, are built to withstand constant change.Continue readingMetamorphoses 3: Change Is the Only Constant

Metamorphoses 2: The Flood Story in Detail

Looking at the immediate context in which Ovid’s flood story occurs, we see that, above the will of the gods, a higher destiny seems to be at work to preserve humankind.Continue readingMetamorphoses 2: The Flood Story in Detail

Metamorphoses 1: Context of the Flood

Ovid’s Metamorphoses emphasize the eternal theme of love amid the constant upheavals of history. In this context, he tells the story of the Great Flood.Continue readingMetamorphoses 1: Context of the Flood

Gilgamesh 4: Can the Epic Still Speak to Us?

Primative as the Epic of Gilgamesh may seem to us today, the rich and powerful still are tempted to grasp at godlike immortality — at the risk of losing their humanity.Continue readingGilgamesh 4: Can the Epic Still Speak to Us?

Gilgamesh 3: What Does the Flood Teach Us?

When we look at the flood account in the Epic of Gilgamesh carefully, we see that it is a warning against grasping at immortality. Living forever is not all it is cracked up to be.Continue readingGilgamesh 3: What Does the Flood Teach Us?

Gilgamesh 2: A Story within a Story

The story of the Great Flood in the Epic of Gilgamesh is a tale within a tale, a man who was given immortality dissuading another from seeking the same.Continue readingGilgamesh 2: A Story within a Story

Gilgamesh 1: Context of the Flood Story

To read such as the Epic of Gilgamesh with understanding, we start by considering what kind of literary work it is: Rhetorical context.Continue readingGilgamesh 1: Context of the Flood Story

Ancient Accounts of the Great Flood

A recent movie reminded me that there are many ancient myths about the Great Flood, and each one communicates a different vision of man and his place in the cosmos.Continue readingAncient Accounts of the Great Flood