Lectionary Blog

A weekly blog by Anna Claar Thomasson-Rosingh on one of the lectionary readings.

Lectionary Reading Blog for 12th February: 3rd Sunday Before Lent

This is a very hard text: as if death and life are choices, as if it is always your own fault when life is short, as if your choices will be able to safeguard your children. Reality is so much … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 5th February: 4th Sunday Before Lent

There are two Hebrew words in this reading I would like to draw attention to. The first is in verse 8 arukah translated as “healing”. This word is about the healing of a wound; properly the new flesh that grows … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 29 January: The Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

Zarephath is in Phoenician territory just north of the border with Israel. When Elijah invokes “the God of Israel” he is talking of a foreign deity. In his question to the widow he is asking her to put trust in … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 22 January: The Third Sunday of Epiphany

In the NRSV you do not really notice the uncertainty whether verse 1 belongs to this passage. In the Hebrew text this verse is Isaiah 8:23 and it is clear that a very different (poetry rather than prose) section starts … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 15 January: The Second Sunday of Epiphany

The first question this text raises is: “who is the servant”? It could be Israel (v.3 and 41:8-9), but it is also clearly the prophet (v.5). This ambiguity between the corporate and the individual; between the community and the person … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 8 January: The Baptism of Christ

In the first four verses we hear the word ‘justice’ (mishpat) three times. The coming of the servant is about bringing about what is right. This term, justice (mishpat), has a very broad meaning that has roots in legal and … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 1 January: 2nd Sunday of Christmas

In the Hebrew of this passage there are two odd things to note. The first is in verse 7 that begins with the ‘gracious deeds’ (hasde from hesed) of the Lord. This word is hard to translate and we come … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 25 December: Christmas Day

The lyrics of Awesome God begin with “When he rolls up his sleeves”. These lyrics later continue with “There is thunder in his footsteps and lightning in his fists”. This is about God as mighty warrior rather than God as little … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 18 December: 4th Sunday of Advent

“Curds and honey” (v. 15) is the produce of the wilderness and the food of nomads. You do not need to work the land for them as you do for bread, wine and oil. The question is whether ‘curds and … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 11 December: 3rd Sunday of Advent

In the NRSV translation verse four sounds odd: say to the “fearful of heart” God will come with vengeance (and save you). In Hebrew the word for ‘fearful’ comes from the verb mahar which means “hasten” or “hurry” used a … Read more

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