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God Values Life: Leviticus 17 - Kathryn Schifferdecker

In this brief video, Kathryn Schifferdecker helps unpack a difficult passage for modern readers. "If one reads it closely, one can find a profound insight here about life and about how God values life," says Schifferdecker.

Schifferdecker explains that this chapter explains how the ancient Israelites were to slaughter animals for eating.

The prohibition among the ancient Israelites against eating blood (reinforced in Genesis 9) shows a profound respect for life. "You cannot kill an animal thoughtlessly

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What's in the Old Testament? - Cameron Howard

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Podcast featuring Cameron Howard, assistant professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

This is the second of two podcasts on the Old Testament created in collaboration with Wayne Presbyterian Church, Wayne, Penn., for its "Confirmation for the Rest of Us" program.

In this podcast, Dr. Howard covers what's in the Old Testament and discusses specific stories within the Old Testament.

[Note: The original intended audience is Presbyterian, so Dr. Howard addresses views of Scripture

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What Is the Old Testament, and How Do We Read It? - Cameron Howard

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Podcast featuring Cameron Howard, assistant professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

This is the first of two podcasts on the Old Testament created in collaboration with Wayne Presbyterian Church, Wayne, Penn., for its "Confirmation for the Rest of Us" program.

In this podcast, Dr. Howard covers what the Old Testament is, who wrote it, and how we might go about reading it.

[Note: The original intended audience is Presbyterian, so Dr. Howard addresses views of Scripture from

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Bible, God, and Natural Disasters - Terence Fretheim

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Terence Fretheim.
Article written by Terence Fretheim.

Firefighter in front of wildfire. (Creative Commons image by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region on Flickr)A regular rhythm of natural disasters has occurred in recent years, from floods in the Midwest, to fires in California and Colorado, to hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, to earthquakes in China and Haiti, to the tsunamis in Southeast Asia. The list is long.

Given this painful history, it is not surprising that the Bible’s pages are filled with references to natural disasters: the flood,

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