Jacob, an Early Geneticist

In today’s Bible reading*, we see that Jacob is an early Geneticist. When most people think of the Father of Genetics, they think of Gregor Mendel, the mid-Nineteenth Century scientist who experimented with pea plants. He observed that in cross-pollinating the plants, predictable results would follow. But Mendel was not the first person to experiment…

Abraham Offers His Only Son — His “Only” Son?

Abraham offers his only son in today’s Bible reading*. Yes, you read that correctly: “his only son”. But didn’t Abraham have a son by Sarah’s servant Hagar? Yes, he did. Ishmael was born fourteen years before Isaac. So why does Moses refer to Isaac as Abraham’s “only” son? Elsewhere we’re told that Isaac was Abraham’s…

Don’t Pit the Bible Against Science

Today’s Bible reading* reminds us that it’s important to not pit the Bible against Science. Did you know that today’s reading talks about “Continental Drift” (aka plate tectonics)? Today’s reading also addresses the issue of the division by languages of people on our planet. Genesis 10:25 tells us about a man named Peleg. Moses (who…