Faces in the Bible: The Assassination of Ben-hadad

Being in self-isolation has got me thinking about faces. And as I like to do, I will begin a short series studying faces in the Bible with an enigmatic story, about Elisha and Hazael in 2 Kings 8:7-15. Why this one? Because this short story not only involves faces but takes us right back to …

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Hagar: God’s Perfect Promise, not His imperfect people

An angel appearing to Hagar and Ishmael. Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Il Guercino) c.1653 Few Bible stories test my commitment to reading the Bible as redemptive history like the story of Hagar and Ishmael in Genesis 16 and 21. Or, more accurately, Abram's rape of Hagar, which Sarai instigates. These are horrifying texts of terror. I …

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