19 April 2013

This 'n' That

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One of my classes this term is studying the history of Israel, beginning with the patriarchs and moving through the monarchy to the exile and beyond. It's fascinating and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to really sit down and sort through all of the details of the history of this chosen nation. And, please, if you know me personally, feel free to remind me that I said this as I'm grumbling my way through one of the intense writing assignments that is required for this class!

As I study, though, one thing comes to mind that has flitted across my thoughts in the past: what's with these royal names? We start with Saul, which is fine. Next we have David, still not a problem. Then Solomon. Okay, another syllable has been added but nothing too difficult. Not long after that, it starts to go downhill. Oh, sure, the names may still be fairly easy to pronounce, and there may be an easy one thrown in along the way, but so many of these names sound alike that they start to all mesh together inside a wee brain like my own. Toss in the rulers of places like Assyria and Egypt and you have one large tongue twister.

So while those names may have been well and good at the time, I'm thinking they just aren't helpful or relevant to our ultra-hip Christian church today. That is why I am considering pitching the idea to the publishers of The Message so-called 'bible' that they make some alterations to these multisyllabic names in the next edition of their aberrant 'translation.' There is no reason that we can't be reading about King Jack, King Bob or King Brad. The Message already distorts, diminishes and even deletes extremely important portions of the biblical text, that something as minor as changing a few names shouldn't be that big of a deal, right? And if The Message won't do it, then maybe I'll just write up my own bible 'translation.' Hey, if Eugene Peterson can do it, why can't I?

Okay, I suppose instead of altering the biblical text, I could just come up with a clever way to remember all of these interesting names. While I work on that, please sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • What matters more to you, exercising your freedoms or encouraging the spiritual growth of other believers?
  • Just because you own a cow and you milk that cow does not mean you are allowed to drink that milk. Or so says this judge.
  • Why are people so offended by Calvinism?
  • Tim Challies shares the background of the beloved hymn, "Rock of Ages." It's one of my favorites!
  • Folks in Maryland may soon be paying a rain tax.
  • If you're on Twitter and you're not following Dr. Steve Lawson, you should be.
  • I don't know what's worse in this article—the call to legalize polygamy, or the reasoning behind that call.
  • A homosexual activist finally admits what many have been saying for quite some time: that the true goal of the battle for gay 'marriage' is to destroy the institution of marriage entirely.
  • Pastor Don Green concludes his sermon series on 1 John:  
Only the blood of Christ can cleanse
these filthy, wicked, sin-drenched hands.
Oh, sinner, bow your knee before
the perfect Savior, the holy Lord.
– Anonymous


  1. Thank you for the Do Not be Surprised e-mails. I appreciate getting them and they always have some interesting stuff in them. Joe Moore

  2. Yeah, those OT names…LOL.

    Erin, you said “…something as minor as changing a few names shouldn't be that big of a deal, right?”

    I wouldn’t be surprised (!) either if that happens. The Message or the next new age Bible translation calamity will probably even shorten or contemporize some of the NT names…such as…for instance…JESUS. Acts 4:12

    Oh wait. Rick Warren has already done that (“Isa”). Never mind. Carol


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