Bible in Pop Culture Week 5: Jonah’s Curse Black Spiced Rum

While there’s no indication that Jonah did any drinking while he was sitting in the belly of a whale for three days, the Biblical story has become tied up with the popular idea of swarthy sea dogs tipping back bottles of alcohol between rounds of pillaging and looting booty. Rum and pirates go together likeContinue reading “Bible in Pop Culture Week 5: Jonah’s Curse Black Spiced Rum”

Accountability and Free Will: Did Pharaoh Have a Chance?

In the book of Exodus, the stories surrounding the Hebrews’ captivity in Egypt and their subsequent release after the Egyptians are afflicted by ten plagues from God creates problems theologically and philosophically. The stories raise questions about man’s free will and why man is held accountable for actions that he has no control over. InContinue reading “Accountability and Free Will: Did Pharaoh Have a Chance?”

Bible in Pop Culture Week 4: In El Salvador, “Jacob wrestled the angel / And the angel was overcome”

    U2 – Bullet The Blue Sky(Rattle & Hum)Watch this video on YouTube The track “Bullet the Blue Sky” by U2 was released in 1987 on the album “The Joshua Tree.” The lyrics of the song were inspired by a trip that Bono took to Central America in 1985 with Amnesty International. On theContinue reading “Bible in Pop Culture Week 4: In El Salvador, “Jacob wrestled the angel / And the angel was overcome””

Bible in Pop Culture Week 3: Jacob’s Ladder in South Park, Se. 6 ep. 12

Genesis 28:10-19 describes a dream experienced by one of the Jewish Patriarchs, Jacob. In the chapter 28 version of events, Jacob is hoping to obtain a wife from his mother’s family in Haran. After a day of traveling, he stops for the night in an undisclosed location and dreams that he sees a ladder reachingContinue reading “Bible in Pop Culture Week 3: Jacob’s Ladder in South Park, Se. 6 ep. 12”

Bible in Pop Culture Week 2: Batman and the Tower of Babel

Because September 17, 2016, is Batman Day (seriously), I decided to look for Biblical references relevant to this week’s reading in the Batman series of comics. There is a collected edition of Justice League of America, volumes 43 – 46, called “Tower of Babel” (2001). The title and some story elements are references to theContinue reading “Bible in Pop Culture Week 2: Batman and the Tower of Babel”