Three Approaches to Pharaoh’s “Heavy Heart” (Bo)

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The weaknesses of classical heroes were often associated with particular body parts. Narcissus, for instance, so admired his own appearance that he couldn’t tear himself away from the reflection of his face. Oedipus was named for his swollen feet, and it was this feature which eventually tipped off the elders of Thebes that he had murdered their former king, Laius. Achilles, of course, died when an enemy arrow pierced him in the heel, giving rise to the idiom “Achilles heel,” which we use until today. So even the mightiest of men, it turns out, can be felled — as long as you know where to strike.  For Narcissus, it was his attractive face which brought about his downfall; for Oedipus, it was his swollen feet; for Achilles, his unarmored heel.

For Pharaoh, meanwhile, it was his heavy heart.

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A Big Thanks To….

Louis at Baker Book House Church Connection for his book give-away this week. He was giving away Peter Leithart’s newest book Traces of the Trinity. Louis also posted about it here. John Frame (author of The Doctrine of God and other excellent works) even said, “This is the most delightful book I have read in a long time,” which makes this sound pretty exciting for me. I’ve really only read one book on the Trinity that I can think of, and that was Michael Reeves’ spectacular Delighting in the Trinity (his ‘sequel’ to arrive out soon, Rejoicing in Christ).

That all said, I will surely be reviewing this book, and, when I get it, probably Reeves’ book too. For now, I only have 6 books left in my review pile to move through, and 2/3’s of them are currently being worked through. Gotta finish all that I can before seminary…