In last week’s reading of the Hebrew scriptures…

As I slog through (and that’s what it often is, a slog) the entire Bible this year, I find myself about halfway through the book of Joshua, and am mired in a lot of who-gets-what, as God tells Joshua precisely which tribe gets which tract of land. Given so much time and attention devoted to actually reaching the …

In last week’s reading of the Hebrew scriptures…

I opened my Bible early one morning last week and read: No one whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off shall bet admitted to the assembly of the Lord. That’s an unusual way to start the day, even for me. I did not reflect long on that, because I have a vague …