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We visited the Aachener Dom, the Aachen Cathedral, built by Charlemagne and his final resting place. We also went to the Schatzkammer, the treasure house. It held many beautiful and a few weird things. Below are three images from a large altar piece card out of wood. The proportions are odd, Jesus looks quite small […]

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Boaz’s Shoe (or Glove) 1   Recently updated!

More from my commentary. This time it is all about personal articles of clothing. (Being in Germany as I write this I chuckle about the debate of shoe v. glove since the German word for glove is Handschuh.) Again, no footnotes have been carried over from the book. Ruth 4:7  This custom was observed in former […]


Rabbinical views regarding marriage   Recently updated!

Not trolling, genuinely rediscovered this during my research (see Tg. Ruth 4:6). Said Rab to R. Assi, “Don’t dwell in a town where horses don’t neigh and dogs don’t bark, don’t dwell in a town where the head of the community is a physician, and don’t marry two women, but if you do marry two, then […]

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"Oh my gosh! Is that a...woman?!"

Boaz’s Turnips – Or Boaz Wakes Up By a Pile of Barley   Recently updated!

I just finished this section and I thought it curious (bizarre, amusing) enough to share this snippet. This is from my commentary on Tg. Ruth. No footnotes are reproduced. The Targumist follows the beginning of verse 8 very closely until he reaches the point where Boaz “was startled and turned over” וַיֶּחֱרַד הָאִישׁ וַיִּלָּפֵת. The […]


To my SBL & Biblioblogging friends 1   Recently updated!

TLDR: Everyone take a deep breath. Over the past few weeks I have been in Germany on a research break. It is going surprisingly well with a large portion of the book now written. While we have been here we have not, of course, been away from the internet and social media, however healthful that […]

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A good pastor

A couple of months ago I met with a retiring pastor, just to get caught up with one another. At one point as he was talking about wanting to help develop and form new ministers he said one of the simplest and perhaps most profound statements about being a pastor that I have ever heard.1 […]


Föhr and farther

After a trip up north to Föhr. You can follow the photo journey on Flickr and collections on my PhotoBlog.

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11. Jesus is nailed to the cross.

Der Kreuzweg in Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus Schluchsee   Recently updated!

Today, in an effort to escape the 100º heat in Freiburg we drove up to Schluchsee, a beautiful lake in the Schwarzwald. What I did not expect was the Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus. From the outside it appears a fairly traditional looking church, with a large wooden structure. The first hint of something different is the […]


Jacob Lee Correll — September 4, 1996 – June 22, 2015 2

The following is the homily I shared for Jake’s funeral this past Saturday. It is shared here with the blessing and permission of his family.  Jake Correll We came here today to share our grief and sadness, to give thanks for the life of Jake Correll and to hear God’s word and receive the grace of […]

Is the sun rising or setting? (And in this case, it is the moon...)

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The seed that is sown

We have lost a young member of our community this week and as I prepare for the service I am drawn to this particular reading. I have thought often of it with regards to those who die from debilitating illness, whether physical or mental. Like the plant we are sown in a hard, scrabbly seed but […]