First Reading - 1 Samuel 1:4-20
1:4 Were Peninnah’s sons and daughters not also Elkanah’s sons and daughters?
1:5 Was Hannah related to Elkanah?
1:6 Who was Hannah’s rival?
1:8 How many wives did Elkanah have? So much for family values! If they were honest, how would most wives answer the Question Elkanah asked Hannah?
1:9 Who is “they” and why are “they” at Shiloh?
1:11 What is Hannah’s misery?
1:13 When you pray silently, do your lips move?
1:14 Read this in light of the First Christian Pentecost.
1:15 What does it mean to pour out one’s soul before the LORD?
1:17 How could Ely say this when he did not know Hannah’s petition? Who or what gave Ely the right—the power—to answer prayer?
1:19 What do you know about Ramah? Ya gotta love these Biblical euphemisms.
1:20 Who do we no longer give children names with personal, existential meaning?
1:1 Did Hannah pray, or did Hannah sing? Who said , paraphrasing, “the person who sings their prayer prays twice”?
1:2 What, or who, do you think of when you hear the phrase “holy one”?
1:3-5 Is this the 99% speaking of the 1%, or maybe the 47% speaking of the 53%?
1:6-7 So what?
1:8 What does the second half of this verse have to do with the first half?
1:9 This verse seems to echo 1:4-5.
1:10 How does this verse relate to the verses preceding it?
10:11 How are you like a priest?
10:12 What single sacrifice did Christ offer?
10:12-13 What source, if any, is being quoted?
10:15-18 Where did the Holy Spirit say this?
10:19 What sanctuary? Does the blood of Jesus give us confidence or is it a ticket of entry?
10:20 What curtain might this be alluding to? How was Christ’s flesh like a curtain? Think about that one long and hard!
10:22 How can hearts be sprinkled clean from an evil conscience? Note that while hearts are sprinkled clean, our bodies are washed.
10:23 What is the confession of our hope? What is our hope? How do we confess it?
10:25 to what does this “meeting toghether” refer?
13:1 Who came out of the temple and what had he been doing in there? This sounds like something a tourist to New York says on their first visit. Those of us who have lived in the Bifg Apple hardly notice. Was this a particular disciple’s first visit to Jerusalem and the temple?
13:2 Is this prescient or a post AD 70 author reading back into a supposedly earlier event?
13:3 It was usually Peter, James and John who were privy to special moments with Jesus. What is Andrew doing here? Why two sets of brothers?
13:4 Think again about the question I raised in relation to 13:2.
13:6 To whom was Jesus, or the writer of the Gospel, referring?
13:8 Whew! At least there is no mention of hurricanes or nor’easters. After both within eight day, I was beginning to expect a plague of locusts. What do birth pangs signify? Is this describing the end of things as they are, or the birth of something new?