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Not a rain-arc.  Not a rain-wheel.  Not a rain-dome.  A rain-bow.  Why rain bow? Here’s what God says after the flood-waters abate: “This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and […]

Olive Branch

A previously hostile nation offering terms of peace.  A business competitor bringing a promising deal.  A chastened husband presenting a bunch of flowers.  Any of these cases might be called “bearing an olive branch.” There are different views about how the olive branch became associated with peace.  But its importance in the flood story should […]

40 days and 40 nights

In the “film” 40 days and 40 nights Josh Hartnett has to endure this unbearable trial period without sex.  It’s a time of sore testing and I’m sure hilarity ensures.  I wouldn’t know, I couldn’t be forced to watch it even for research purposes. But we seem to have a cultural memory that “40 days and 40 […]

Two by two

It’s the name of countless nurseries and toddler groups.  We instantly think: cramped menagerie and a cartoon boat – usually absent Noah and the family.  Also absent is any hint that this is a cataclysmic scene of judgement. The context is Genesis 6.  Apparently the “sons of God” were uniting with the daughters of men […]