"But his delight is in the teaching of the LORD, and on that teaching he [blogs] day and night."
- Psalm 1:2 (sort of)
Welcome to Desert Scribblings, scribes and wanderers! If you've somehow stumbled upon this corner of the 'net, you may be wondering exactly what this is. Desert Scribblings is my answer to something I found frustrating when doing my own study of the Old Testament lectionary readings: more people are more interested in talking about the Gospel lesson for the day than the OT lesson.
Since I'm convinced that the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament remains a treasure trove of inspiration for preaching and teaching about God and life, I've felt stirred to provide a voice of questioning, struggling, wrestling, and (hopefully) insight into the OT readings from the Revised Common Lectionary.
So why "Desert Scribblings"? The name is mostly inspired by the archaeological findings of what scholars believe is a scriptorium at Qumran near the Dead Sea where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found. This is reflected in the blog's banner, which is composed of an image of 1QIsa b from the Great Isaiah Scroll and a photograph of one of the caves that the scrolls were found in. The name also is a reflection of other desert scribes that made copies the biblical text over the centuries.
My hope and prayer is that you find this blog helpful for your own study of the biblical text, whether it be for preaching, teaching, personal reflection, or just curiosity. Please join us in the journey!