Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bible Study Guide: Leviticus

I love the Guardian Online comments section and this weeks race row over Dr Laura's radio rant elicited some gems. Here is my favourite offered by an individual with the handle MediaRadar.

Dear Dr Laura,

A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible StudyThank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.

a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

c) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.

d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an Abomination (Lev. 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

g) Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God ifI have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

h) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.19:27. How should they die?

i) I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

j) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them (Lev.24:10-16)? Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws (Lev. 20:14)?

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging. Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.


Monday, August 9, 2010

College Life: Study Tips

It is that time of year again so I am adding some articles on study skills and strategies for college and university students.
How to Write Better Essays (Palgrave Study Skills)

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College and university students often experience difficulties with concentration. This article will explore some of the main reasons student concentration may be low and offer solutions to overcome them. read more

The ability to present the reader with an argument, set out in a logical and cohesive manner, is an important assessment criterion for most academic writing. As well as presenting your own argument, backed up by evidence, your instructors will expect you to report on, and evaluate, existing research. Developing the language that you use to report and connect ideas in academic writing will help you with both these tasks. read more

Studying can sometimes seem overwhelming; what is needed is the ability to organise your learning into small manageable pieces. Even having a rough plan allows you to see what you need to do and how long you have to complete tasks. The key to effective time management is how you plan and use your resources in relation to your identified goals. The following seven steps will more 

Custom written essays are becoming increasingly popular with college students. They claim to offer original content at reasonable rates and lightening fast turn
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