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Mike Bull is a graphic designer who lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney Australia. He has written some books on the fractal nature of the literary structure of the Bible: http://www.amazon.com/Bible-Matrix-Michael-Bull/dp/1449702635 http://www.amazon.com/Bible-Matrix-II-The-Covenant/dp/1449723756 http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Kitchen-Theology-you-drink/dp/1449779409 His favorite theologians are James B. Jordan and Peter Leithart. Blog: http://www.bullartistry.com.au/wp


Mar
8
comment Why were the Ten Commandments written on two tablets?
Thanks John. There is still a difference here. The suzerain took his "original" away, and the vassal's copy was placed in the Temple. If the tablets were identical, why keep them in the same place? The idea that one is priestly and one is kingly (people) corresponds to all the dual witnesses in the Tabernacle, expressed at each "level," - Table (priest) and Lampstand (king) and then, in the Temple, the two pillars, priestly and kingly, which stood for the two trees in Eden. Thus, it is the same dual witness at various levels of "hiddenness." I like systems!
Mar
7
comment Why were the Ten Commandments written on two tablets?
Surely it is more likely that God's Covenants were the models for pagan ones. The treaty structure can be traced in the text right back to early Genesis. God's word is a revelation more than it is a response. Also, the pairing I described above is replicated in many other places in Scripture, again, right back to early Genesis. It is the shape of biblical history. Interesting point about why it might be two copies, but this isn't supported by the fact that both tablets were kept in the Ark.
Mar
7
answered Who was Nimrod?
Mar
7
answered Why were the Ten Commandments written on two tablets?
Mar
5
comment Esther 4:14 observation & translation
Good stuff, Joseph.
Mar
5
answered Esther 4:14 observation & translation
Mar
4
answered Before the Tower of Babel did all speak Hebrew as the original human language?
Feb
28
revised Does Genesis contain a “death sandwich”?
It was wrong.
Feb
28
answered Does Genesis contain a “death sandwich”?
Feb
25
answered David and Goliath: David's Reasons For Fighting
Feb
24
answered Why did the commanders put their garments under Jehu?
Feb
24
answered Where did that camel come from?
Feb
24
answered Did Jephthah have pets?
Feb
24
answered Did Adam and Eve not have sex in the Garden of Eden?
Feb
24
answered How would Elisha plowing with 12 oxen have been understood at the time of writing?
Feb
23
answered 1 Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see through a glass, darkly”
Feb
22
answered Is Ecclesiastes a book of negative wisdom?
Feb
22
answered What does “Under the Sun” mean in Ecclesiastes?
Feb
22
comment Why isn't there a taxonomic distinction between clean and unclean birds?
Good answer. The real distinction among all species is between priestly animals (Israel - seed) and kingly animals (flesh). The animals that are unclean are also generally more glorious in appearance. The restriction of Israel's diet corresponds to the law forbidding the fruit of the "kingly" tree of knowledge (judicial wisdom) in Eden. Israel would gain wisdom through humble obedience. The diet of manna was also for the purpose of humbling. And we still fast to humble ourselves before God that we might have kingly authority.
Feb
22
answered Should The Creation Story in Genesis Be Understood as Metaphorical?