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July 2014
Lectionary Readings

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This interactive demo is designed to give you a taste of what you will actually experience online as a subscriber. The demo lets you sample the resources available for two Sundays prior to today. Click on the Lectionary tab above to see the lectionary readings for every Sunday and festival in the church year. Click on Commentary to read expert commentary on the selected texts. Click on Bible to access the full NRSV. Click on Library to review a list of articles on preaching skills and the challenges of preaching today, including essays from New Proclamation on preaching in the seasons of the church year.

Beginning in December 2013, use the new Lectionary Notes tab to go to Gail Ramshaw's insights on the texts in "The Readings in the Bible" and "The Readings on This Day."

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Lectionary 15 / Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 10
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Richard I. Pervo
God writes straight with crooked lines. The promise has hovered over the narrative since chapter 12. The thread, it seems, is about to snap, for Isaac has failed to produce a son for two decades, and he is sixty. Rather than stretch out the suspense and underline the tension, the narrator has Rebekah pregnant within a verse, with due attention to prayer. The narrative abruptly implies a multiple...  Read more...

Holly Hearon
Who needs reality television shows when we have the Bible? Greed, rivalry, deception, favoritism, they are all here revealing how we are driven by the needs and desires of our narrow frame of reference. The difference is that the Bible frames our behavior within the larger narrative of God and invites us to see our behavior in relation to this Other who is also active in the world.The lection...  Read more...

John J. Pilch
God's response to Rebekah's inquiry about her pregnancy associates the male twins she is carrying with two peoples (anachronistically translated as "nation" in the NRSV and elsewhere; only after the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is that word appropriate): Edom (Esau) and Israel (Jacob). The fulfillment of part of this oracle wouldn't occur for almost a millennium, when David (the younger =...  Read more...

Diane Jacobson
In France, July 14 is celebrated as Bastille Day, a day that marks the storming of the royal prison on July 14, 1789, ending centuries of oppression. Bastille Day is a day of liberation. In the church on this day we read texts that celebrate another sort of liberation, the liberation that comes from the word of the Lord. The Lord speaks, and we respond. We either fail to hear and thus we wither...  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
The Readings in the Bible
Within Matthew's third discourse is again a parable that is later explained to the disciples in allegorical terms. The parable of the wheat and the weeds suggests that some early Christians wished to expel sinful members from the...  Read more...

The Readings on this Day
Following the thoughtful complexity of the lectionary, the standard Sundays continue to read Matthew in light of Romans....  Read more...

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