Monthly Archives: March 2013

Weekly Introduction to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Easter)

Isaiah 65:17-25 Isaiah 65 is part of what scholars refer to as “Third Isaiah.”  It appears not to be written in the latter part of the 8th century (First Isaiah) nor during the exile (Second Isaiah) but after the exilic … Continue reading

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Weekly Introduction to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Palm Sunday)

Before I introduce our two texts for Sunday (the traditional “liturgy of the palms”) let me say a quick word about our choice of texts for this Sunday.  If you have a copy of the RCL (revised common lectionary) you … Continue reading

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Weekly Introduction to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Lent 5C)

Isaiah 43:16-21 In Isaiah 43 (part of what scholars refer to as 2nd Isaiah) the prophet gives a comforting word to the exiles in Babylon.  Isaiah says that God is about to do ‘something new.’  The prophet says that God … Continue reading

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Weekly Introductions to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Lent 4C)

Joshua 5:9-12 Our Hebrew Bible reading records the aftermath of the crossing of the Jordan river into Gilgal (a city at the outer edge of the promised land).  Once there the Israelites participate in two foundational rites: (1) circumcision (not … Continue reading

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Weekly Introductions to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Lent 3C)

Isaiah 55:1-9 Isaiah 55 marks the end of what scholars refer to as “Second Isaiah.”  Second Isaiah (chapters 40-55) is a later writing that is added to the first 39 chapters of Isaiah in order to reflect theologically on the … Continue reading

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