Bible Stories #25: He That Pisseth Against the Wall

Today we return to what has become a popular, and regularly covered subject on this blog: the topic of urination in the Biblical narrative. Depending on which sources you choose to believe, the idiom “covering his feet” which is used multiple times in the King James Bible either refers to urination or defecation. My general…

Bible Stories #24: Hands Off

So the Israelites were fighting the Philistines, and things weren’t going so great. Hophni and Phinehas had a great idea. “Why don’t we send the ark of the covenant into battle? And so they did. It didn’t help matters. The Philistine’s killed thirty thousand Israelite soldiers, including the bright boys Hophni and Phinehas who had…

Bible Stories #22: The Other Side Of The River

Ostensibly the Jewish people in biblical times were divided into twelve tribes, each tribe composed of the descendents of one of Jacob’s twelve sons. The hitch in this is that Joseph’s two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, each sort of got their own tribe. So in reality it seems that there were more like thirteen tribes,…

Bible Stories #21: The Burial of Moses

Once, when the Israelites were wandering around in the desert, they got thirsty and came to Moses to complain that they didn’t have water. Moses asked God what he should do about it, and God told him that water would come from a rock if he talked to it. So Moses took his staff and…

Bible Stories #16: Climb Every Mountain

Climb every mountainFord every streamFollow every rainbowTill you find your dream The Sound of Music While the Old Testament prophet Balaam may be most famous for a Dr. Dolittle like conversation with his donkey it was not his only claim to fame. Balaam is also noteworthy for taking Mother Superior’s advice to heart thousands of…

769: Peter Peters Peet

Peter Peters peters on peet. The peet Peters peters on peters out, but Peter peters on. Peter Peters pet peter also peters on peet. The peet the peters pet Peter peters on is petering on Peter Peter’s peet, for Peter’s pet is on the Peet that Peter is petering on. Photo by Erik Karits on…

765: Who First Used the Silent P?

Your Questions Answered; Day 5 Who first used the silent P? –eter And he came to the sheep-cotes by the way, there was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave. And the men of David said unto him, Behold, I…

751: War & Money

The fever pitch of war has a way of obscuring something very fundamental: war is bad. Completely and utterly bad. Stalwart heroes and just causes cannot alter this reality. Right now the people of Ukraine are heroes to the world, and that heroism is deserved. But it does nothing to diminish the ugliness of war.…