Archive for December 2012
I bought a basic Kindle recently and I’m enjoying it. I don’t currently plan to buy many e-books, but rather use the Kindle as a better tool for existing reading compared to my computer and phone. Here’s what I’ve discovered so far:
I’ve found a number of free books in PDF form that I plan to work through:
- A number of books and articles by James Jordan are available at Biblical Horizons. Through New Eyes is a great introduction to Jordan’s work if you are unfamiliar with him.
- Gary North has a number of books available for free. At a minimum, right now I plan to work through some of the books by North, David Chilton, Ken Gentry and George Grant.
- There are a number of free books available at the von Mises Institute. Bruno Leoni’s Freedom and the Law in particular comes highly recommended, and I’ve just finished Henry Hazlitt’s outstanding Economics in One Lesson.
PDF’s aren’t the best format for reading on Kindle. I’ve found two tools for converting PDFs to e-books and uploading them to my Kindle. For simple PDFs (e.g., single column, and not a scanned image), Calibre is great for converting and uploading. However, Calibre does a poor job with PDFs that are scanned copies of books (this applies to many of the books linked above). For these I use a two-step process: first, I run the PDF through the K2PDFOpt tool (at the time of this writing, version 1.63 crashes for me on some books, but 1.51 is stable). This increases the size of the PDF file significantly, but it organizes it in a form that Calibre is much better able to handle. Then I use Calibre to convert these PDFs to e-books, and upload them to my Kindle.
Until now, I saved longer articles and blog posts for later reading using open tabs in my browser. This quickly grows unwieldy. The Instapaper service allows you to save web pages for later reading, and it integrates with Kindle. Now when I run across a longer article, I click a button to send it to Instapaper, and by the next morning the article is ready to read on my Kindle.
The Kindlefeeder service allows you to send blog and news feeds to your Kindle. I’ve selected several of the blogs I read (ones that tend to have longer articles) to be sent to my Kindle, and now I read them there rather than on my computer.
If you have any other tips and tricks I’d appreciate hearing about them.
All of the above should work with e-readers other than Kindle. In the case of Instapaper and Kindlefeeder, you may need to upload a file manually to your reader instead of having it automatically sent there.
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying “. . . This is the law in cases of jealousy, when a wife, though under her husband’s authority, goes astray and defiles herself, or when the spirit of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife. Then he shall set the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall carry out for her all this law. The man shall be free from iniquity, but the woman shall bear her iniquity.” — Numbers 5:11-31
In the 2002 Biblical Horizons conference, James Jordan spent time discussing the inspection of jealousy from Numbers 5. There are no recorded instances of this law’s being practiced as such. However, like all of the law, this law is typological of Jesus, and in a more obvious way than most laws. Jesus routinely inspects his own bride to prove her faithfulness or faithlessness toward him. There are a surprising number of cases where the themes in this passage reappear in God’s inspecting his own people. A couple of the more obvious cases are:
- The worship of the golden calf (Exodus 32), which involves Israel’s faithlessness toward her husband, the eating of dust, and a judgment upon those who disobeyed. One wonders if the disobedience became physically evident in the three thousand who fell, as in Numbers 5.
- Eating the Lord’s supper (1 Cor. 10-11). Chapter 10 describes idolatry as being bodily joined to demons instead of to Jesus. The Corinthians’ own sins at the table have resulted in the bread’s becoming death rather than life for them: “That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.” In one sense, the Supper is a weekly visitation from God to judge the faithfulness of his people.
There are many other cases that are possible links to the inspection of jealousy. For example, barley appears infrequently enough in Scripture that it should be considered a possible reference to this pattern. In the case of Ruth, it may be used to call attention to her covenant faithfulness. In the case of Ezekiel’s barley cakes, it may be used to call attention to Israel’s faithlessness and impending judgment.
Jordan suggested that the inspection might have been appropriate not only for a jealous husband, but also for a husband who believed in his wife’s innocence but wanted to vindicate her before public accusations. However, I’m not sure of that. For one, the passage limits itself to cases where the Spirit has moved the husband to jealousy. Two, there are several interesting cases where such an inspection is conspicuously absent. One prominent case is Joseph and Mary:
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” — Matthew 1:18-21
Even though Joseph doubted Mary’s innocence, he is described as righteous for wanting to cover her apparent sin. Also fascinating is the case of Hosea and Gomer:
And the LORD said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley. And I said to her, “You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.” For the children of Israel shall dwell many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or household gods. Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days. — Hosea 3
Barley is actually mentioned here, but Gomer is not made to eat it — instead, it is the price of her redemption. The guilty and erstwhile unrepentant wife is redeemed from her adultery; she had been consigned to shame and barrenness but is now rescued from it. So we may fill out the pattern of the inspection of jealousy by saying that God is righteous, not only to discipline and purify his bride, but also to restore her to himself.