Eric Barreto leads off by inviting us to embrace the fact that we always read in community. Everyone’s reading is a gift and value for the church. We see characters all around the edges of the stories and society finding their place right at the middle of God’s work.
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 Hannah gives generously—she didn’t want the child for herself. Samuel wears the clothes of a priest. And we start to hear how the Jesus story echoes the Samuel story—including the honoring of faithful women who become faithful mothers.
Psalm 148 Here we are reminded that we are not alone in our praise of God (or in need of redemption). The particularity of Israel becomes a
Colossians 3:12-17 Get dressed! Daniel drops pearls of pastoral wisdom you won’t get just anywhere. Eric draws on his global experience to help us rethink our clothing choices.
Luke 2:41-52 Jesus feels at home in the Temple, in Jerusalem. That’s its own testimony to the faithfulness of Jesus’ family in coming to Jerusalem year by year. Daniel starts riffing on the correspondences between this scene and Luke 24 after the resurrection. Eric helps us honor Mary in Luke’s Gospel.
Eric’s Book: Reading Theologically
Eric Barreto is Associate Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and will soon be heading to take a New Testament post at Princeton Seminary. He is an ordained Baptist minister and devotes a fair bit of his writing to helping the church grapple better with scripture.
He writes regularly for WorkingPreacher.org, a lectionary commentary website. He also writes for OnScripture.org and Huffington Post. Eric’s most recent work is an edited volume, Reading Theologically, a guide to biblical interpretation for seminary students.
Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, blogger, and New Testament professor who lives in San Francisco, CA. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of a pair of books, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is off to the printers. He blogs regularly at StoriedTheology.com (jrdkirk.com). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.