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In this part of the website Dr. Tonstad will from time to time contribute some additional insights and share thoughts on a variety of subjects addressed in his book. We will also invite others to write an article for all to see. If you are interested in being a blog contributor please feel free to submit your request and proposed article using the Feedback tab.

January 24, 2017

Chapter 14 in God of Sense is entitled, "The Sense of the Voice from the Whirlwind." God speaks to Job after (1) the friends have poured out venom on him and (2) told him that God will not speak and Job should not want God to speak. Interpreters disagree about the mean...

December 8, 2016

This is the title of chapter 13 in my book, a chapter exploring a cryptic and little known story in the Old Testament (1 Kings 13). In hindsight, the chapter title seems prescient (prophetic): it is in fashion to take a timeout from sense, as recent events in the world...

June 8, 2016

The illustrations show (1) the rape of the concubine in Judges 19 and (2) the Holocaust. The former directly, the latter indirectly are the topic of chapter 11, entitled "Sense Dismembered". This story is in many ways what spurred me to write the book. She has come to...

May 23, 2016

One of my colleagues turned straight to chapter 9 in the book, the story of Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac, known in Jewish theology as the Akedah ('the binding of Isaac'). Where is the 'sense' in this chapter, a father asked to sacrifice 'your son, your only son, whom y...

March 17, 2016

Pictures of scenes and stories in the Bible can help and sometimes hinder the imagination. Lucas Cranach's depiction of Paradise belongs in the "helping" category. He placed the divine command front and center (God, Adam, and Eve). God seems to be talking. What does Go...

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