Recently I posted an article called, “Does God Want Us to Fear Him?” It was about the fact that the Hebrew word that we translate as “fear,” also means “awe” and “reverence.”
Just now I picked up Rabbi Abraham Heschel’s classic book God in Search of Man and read a magnificent quote from him on this very thing:
According to the Bible the principle religious virtue is yirah. What is the nature of yirah? The word has two meanings, fear and awe. There is the man who fears the Lord lest he be punished in his body, family, or in his possessions. Another man fears the Lord because he is afraid of…
Next week we’ll be beginning Lent, which looks forward to the Passover/Resurrection Day. Passover, of course, is the celebration of God’s redemption of Israel from slavery in Egypt.
I think I’ve found the perfect activity for the season–making mudbricks like the ancient Israelites did in Egypt!
Today Biblical Archaeology Review gave instructions on how to make mudbricks just like they did in ancient times. (Archaeologists actually do this in order to reconstruct ruins.) They point out that anybody can do it, actually.
Here’s part of the BAR article–see link for more, including a slideshow:
Anyone can make a mudbrick! The recipe is simple—and the ingredients common: As long as you have access to…