Welcome to So Much Bible!

Check out word studies for the lectionary scriptures a week ahead of time!

I started this site as a resource to pastors and church leaders who might want more background on the words of Scripture. There’s so much Bible, it can be exhausting to go through commentaries, dictionaries and word lists. I’m hoping that by collating this work – and providing a few notes along the way – I can help reduce the stress of preparing to preach. This site will include word studies for the lectionary passages one week before they are due to be preached.

There’s so much Bible, and so little time…
But when there’s so little time, there’s So Much Bible!

On the creative side, I also write plays for use in worship, which are biblically grounded and full of humor. We’ve enjoyed presenting these in worship, with adults and children alike, and I’m happy to offer them for others to use.

Everything on this site is licensed through Creative Commons – which means that, as long as you attribute me (Rev. Elana Keppel Levy) and don’t sell my work, you’re welcome to use it in your context, and modify it as you like.

Lectionary Texts for Next Sunday

  • Luke 1:39-45
    “when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb” Second Sunday of Advent – A Women’s Lectionary December 4, 2022
  • Isaiah 11:1-10
    “the calf and the lion will feed together, and a little child shall lead them” Second Sunday of Advent A December 4, 2022
  • Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
    “may he judge your people with righteousness and your poor with justice” Second Sunday of Advent A December 4, 2022
  • Romans 15:4-13
    “whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction” Second Sunday of Advent A December 4, 2022
  • Matthew 3:1-12
    “they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins” Second Sunday of Advent A December 4, 2022
  • Esther 4:1-17
    “perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this” Narrative Lectionary 114 December 4, 2022
  • Genesis 17:15-22
    “o that Ishmael might live in your sight” Second Sunday of Advent – A Women’s Lectionary December 4, 2022
  • Matthew 5:13-16
    “you are the salt of the earth” Narrative Lectionary 114 December 4, 2022
  • Romans 8:18-25
    “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” Second Sunday of Advent – A Women’s Lectionary December 4, 2022
  • Psalm 78:1-7
    “we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord” Second Sunday of Advent – A Women’s Lectionary December 4, 2022
  • Genesis 16:7-13
    “I am running away from my mistress Sarai” First Sunday of Advent – A Women’s Lectionary November 27, 2022

Featured Play

Another Day Older and Deeper in Babylon: Stories from the Lives of Daniel and the Exiles

Daniel joins other exiles around the campfire to share tales of what it’s like in Nebuchadnezzar’s palace. As Daniel tells stories, the Hebrew people reenact them, doing send-ups of the tyrant who makes their lives miserable, holding onto the faith the holds them together. Based on Daniel 2-4.

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Featured Lesson

Habakkuk

“O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen?”

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