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The Naked Man – pt. 50

For the setting and a cast of characters for this series, click here. Simon held Yiftach’s gaze for a long moment. Several emotions played fleetingly across his face before the anger lines and tension eased from his expression, replaced by something … Continue reading

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A Canaanite woman and Charlottesville, Virginia: a reflection on Matthew 15

I imagine the range of sermons preached this weekend in the U.S. from the Gospel reading assigned in the Revised Common Lectionary will vary widely. A challenging passage at the best of times, given the national mood following the events … Continue reading

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The Naked Man – pt. 48

For the setting and a cast of characters for this series, click here. “Five thousand men?” repeated Yiftach. “And I assume there were women and children? So what, twelve, fifteen thousand people overall? That’s like ten Capernaums deciding to have a … Continue reading

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The Naked Man – pt. 47

For the setting and a cast of characters for this series, click here. Mark walked into the courtyard from the house, greeting Simeon before sitting down next to his mother. She offered him a platter of dried fish, and he … Continue reading

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The Naked Man – cast of characters

Setting We are in Jerusalem in CE69. A Roman army is encamped outside the walls, awaiting orders to besiege the city. The call has gone out throughout Judaea and Galilee – all faithful Jews must rally to the defense of … Continue reading

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The Naked Man – pt. 46

Mark continued his account of John’s imprisonment. “Now a strategic day came when Herod gave a banquet on his birthday for his lords and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee; and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she … Continue reading

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The Naked Man – pt. 45

The mood in the courtyard was subdued during the meal. There had been fresh outbreaks of violence overnight, with some of Simon bar Giora’s troops attacking temple-goers who they accused of being zealots. Complaints by the victims’ families to the … Continue reading

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