Daily Bible Readings 15th May

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 * In Deuteronomy 32:8 we read about God Most High (El Elyon) in his divine council (see "us" in Genesis 3:22); and also about the division of "adam" (i.e. humankind) according to the numbers of the divine council. This passage echoes the usage of Genesis 5, where God is said to have made humankind male and female and called them "adam". (Follow the links from v.8.)
 * The Masoretic text of Deuteronomy 32:43 has interesting deletions, as the Septuagint and Dead Sea Scrolls show — why?
 * Rabbis have used Isaiah 5:12 since ancient times when teaching respect for scientific discovery, searching out what "the hands of God" have done. Should we take a similar lesson from it?
 * Is there any difficulty reconciling Proverbs 18:13-15 with Colossians 2:8?
 * The Colossians reading, especially from verse 8 to verse 21, is sometimes used mistakenly as an attack on modern sciences. The targets are usually cosmology, palaeontology, and of course evolutionary biology; less often applied sciences, such as biology when used for medicine or geology when used to find valuable minerals.
 * What were "the rudiments of the world?"

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