Sunday, August 09, 2015

Now Online: My Bible Odyssey Article on Resurrection Belief


Now Available Free Online: Stephen L. Cook, "Rise of Belief in Resurrection", n.p. Online: 


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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Now in Print: Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology


Our seminary library has just acquired Oxford’s new 2 volume Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology, edited by Samuel Balentine. I’m delighted that I was able to contribute the article on “Prophets and Prophecy” in vol. 2, pp. 201 – 211. Do please ask your institution’s library to purchase a copy. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Now on Kindle: Reading Deuteronomy!

Reading Deuteronomy is now available on Kindle for under $10! 


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Yumaste : Reading Deuteronomy

Yumaste : Reading Deuteronomy: I have recently started reading several books with the objective of later writing reviews of them.  One of these books is by Stephen Cook.  ...

Friday, March 27, 2015

Seder Music Video

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday Lenten Meditation, Jeremiah 25:15

March 24, 2015 Readings: Pss 121, 122, 123, Jer 25:8-17, Rom 10:1-13, John 9:18-41


Jer 25:15. Take from My hand this cup of the wine of wrath.

An episode in The Quest of the Holy Grail, a thirteenth-century work, insists that Holy Communion always contains a strong dose of Lent. When in The Quest Sir Lancelot approaches the Eucharistic cup, his body freezes up, paralyzed and senseless. With the chalice before him, he discovers that his sin has left him powerless. Due to sin, he finds himself unable to stir or speak.

In Jer. 25:15-17, Jeremiah travels the globe in a vision, serving God's chalice of wine to the nations. The wine makes earth lose control of its limbs, just like Sir Lancelot. Perhaps earth's nations indulge in the drinking willingly, eager, like pop singer Charli XCX, about "getting high and getting wrecked." They recklessly drain the powerful spirits down to the dregs! Jesus, in contrast, recoils from Jeremiah's bitter dregs. He holds life precious.

In Gethsemane Jesus prayed three times that Jeremiah's cup might somehow be drained in another way. He drank it nonetheless, knowing earth's peoples could scarcely endure the ordeal. We do now gratefully share the cup of remembrance at each Eucharist. We do so worthily, however, only through the strength of Christ's love for us. We drink with trepidation, humility, and a Lenten spirit.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A New FaceBook Page for the New Book

I have bitten the bullet and gone ahead and given the new book its very own FaceBook Page. Apparently it is really important to do this to give a new book some hope of traction. If those reading this post could click the link and “Like” the new book’s “Page,” I would be very grateful: