The Noah Movie and Its Sources

The Noah Movie and Its Sources

Christianity Today has a good interview with Darren Aronofsky which provides some background on the material in the new Noah movie.  It seems that Aronofsky and Ari Handel researched a wealth of ancient, primarily Jewish, traditions and texts for material in the movie.  These traditions/texts ranged from the Book of Enoch, the Jubilees material, the Genesis Apocryphon text from Qumran and other ancient collections such, Genesis Rabbah, the Talmud, etc.  Some of these date from well before the time of Jesus and down to a period 500 years after the New Testament.

I’m not sure how much material from these texts will be used, but here’s just some of the Flood related content in three of them:

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The Unassuming Man Who Cut My Hair

The Unassuming Man Who Cut My Hair

Sometimes you get the chance to truly see the greatness of the lives around you.

Tonight I went to a local quick clip shop to get a haircut. After a brief wait, one of the stylists/barbers called me back. He was an older, quiet Asian gentleman with a nice smile and heavy accent.  Once he started cutting my hair we began chatting. He asked me what I did. I tried to explain my job as a software developer/media/web person, and then I asked him if he had been a barber for a long time.

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Born of the Spirit, Part 1

Born of the Spirit, Part 1

The tribe of Jesus people my family regularly share our lives with has been working through the Gospel of John on Thursday nights.  The thing about this unique account of the life of Jesus is that no matter how many times I engage with it, it surprises me with things I’ve never noticed and with things I have.  I mean, I taught this book three times a day for an entire semester three years in a row, and it is still fresh, challenging, and life-giving!

What stands out to me in this Gospel is the mystical theme of the Spirit-led and God-revealed life.  Jesus is very clear in this Gospel that his actions are simply and humbly based on this:  “I can’t do anything on my own. I do what I see the Father doing…and He shows it to me because He loves me” (John 5:19-20 paraphrased), and, even though it isn’t explicitly stated, this revelation seems directly connected to the idea of being led by the Spirit.

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“Binding and Loosing”

“Binding and Loosing”

Yesterday I made a post about “What Jesus Said About Church” and listed the only two passages where Jesus explicitly mentions church (Matthew 16.17–19 and Matthew 18:15-18). What’s interesting is that each of those passages appear to have two different expressions, with the first representing what seems to be a larger, more universal concept of Church, while the latter is more practical and descriptive of a local gathering or collective.   Yet both end with the understanding that the ekklesia, in whatever form, has been given authority to “bind and loose”. Continue reading

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