But I came back for more
And you laughed in my face and you rubbed it in
Cause I'm a Labrador
Labrador by Aimee Mann

The central metaphor of the song is that the speaker is like a dog in the relationship she is in. Though she is treated poorly, she still comes back for more.

The laughing in the face of and rubbing it in here have two meanings, the playful meaning of how one might treat a dog, and the harsher human laughing and rubbing it in of cruel treatment.

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Poetry Genius Guidelines A Teacher's Guide to Genius by Education Genius

From the editors of Poetry Genius, some tips for best annotation practices.

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Style Guidelines A Student's Guide to Genius by Education Genius

Of course, defer to your teacher’s instructions for how to annotate for your specific class or assignment, but here are some basic style guidelines for annotating on Genius that we think are good general practice for formal, academic writing.

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30 But what does the scripture say? "Drive out the slave and her child; for the child of the slave will not share the inheritance with the child of the free woman." Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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February 23rd, 2014

The previous verse 29 states that “just as then the child of the flesh persecuted the child of the spirit, it is the same now.” I think Paul is saying in verse 30 that those who are persecuting you at the Church of Galatia should be driven out just like the the slave woman and her son were driven out and could not share in the inheritance with the son of the free woman; ie, share in the promise to Abraham.

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February 2nd, 2014

In Genesis Chapter 16, Hagar is spoken to by an angel who tells her that she is pregnant, to name the baby Ishmael, and that he will be ‘a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.“
She was the slave of Sarai (Her name changed to Sarah,Abram’s name changed to Abraham). Isaac, later born to Sarah, and Abram, and God made an everlasting covenant with them that Abraham and his descendants would be a father of many fruitful nations (def. of name Abraham). (Genesis Chater 17).
These two children, Ishmael and Isaac were clearly given different paths by God, according to the Prophecy given in these chapters.
I find it amazing that when I was in Israel, one man we met, a Muslim, said that this promise of blessing of being the 'chosen’ one, was given to Ishmael. YET, Muslims claim that Jesus was a Prophet, and a good one. BUT, they cannot believe the latter if they believe that Ishmael was the chosen one because Jesus was Jewish, and believed in the OT Covenant, and said, in John 8:58:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” He is quoting part of Exodos 3:14: "God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’"
Isaiah prophecied in about 740-700 BCE regarding Judah and Jerusalem. He says in Chapter 1:3: "The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand."
At this time the people of Israel were not living out the Covenant that was agreed with Abraham for them. In Isaiah 40:28,
"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth."
Isaiah 41: 8 he says, "But you Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend; you whom I took frmo the ends of the earth…” etc…
The point here being that the Prophecies of the OT lead right into the Covenenant of the New Testament, and grant us an understanding of what this verse in Galatians is referring to.

January 31st, 2014

On the day of feasting during which Abraham celebrated the weaning of Isaac, Ishmael was “mocking” or “playing with” Isaac (the Hebrew word is ambiguous[5])[1] and Sarah asked Abraham to expel Ishmael and his mother, saying: “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”[4][6] This proposition was grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son and the bondwoman, Hagar. Abraham only agreed when God told him that “for in Isaac your seed shall be called”, and that He would “make a nation of the son of the bondwoman” Ishmael, since he was a descendant of Abraham. (Genesis 21:11–13)
Hagar and Ishmael in the Desert, by Grigory Ugryumov (c. 1785)

At the age of 14, Ishmael was freed along with his mother. The Lord’s covenant made clear Ishmael was not to inherit Abraham’s house and that Isaac would be the seed of the covenant. Abraham gave him and his mother a supply of bread and water and sent them away. Hagar entered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba where the two soon ran out of water and Hagar, not wanting to witness the death of her son, set the boy some distance away from herself, and wept. “And God heard the voice of the lad” and sent his angel to tell Hagar, “Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.” And God “opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water”, from which she drew to save Ishmael’s life and her own. “And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.” (Genesis 21:14–21)

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael#Inheritance_rights_and_the_first_circumcision

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31 So then, friends, we are children, not of the slave but of the free woman. Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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January 31st, 2014

Reference to Issac and Sarah?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac#Christian_views

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February 7th, 2014

Another ironic twist by Paul: the Jews who are descendants of Issac, because they are subject to the law (Torah), are identified with Ishmael the son of Hagar, the slave woman whose descendant were not in fact subject to the law, while the believing Gentiles who did not observe the law are identified with Issac who was the ancestor of those who were subject to the law.

February 3rd, 2014

Sarah is the free woman and Hagar is the slave woman whom Paul is writing to the Galatians about in order to remind them that as believers in Christ along with him they are children of the free woman through the Abrahamic Covenant. For all believers are children of God through Abraham’s “seed”, Jesus, who redeemed us.

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29 But just as at that time the child who was born according to the flesh persecuted the child who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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February 1st, 2014

Paul is suggesting that current conflict in the church is nothing new, it has always been that the “flesh” persecutes the spirit.

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28 Now you, my friends, are children of the promise, like Isaac. Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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February 1st, 2014

Isaac was the miracle baby of old age, the impossibility that became possible.

January 28th, 2014

Isaac described in the Hebrew Bible and the Qur'an, was the only son Abraham had with his wife Sarah, and was the father of Jacob and Esau. Isaac was one of the three patriarchs of the Israelites.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac

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27 For it is written, "Rejoice, you childless one, you who bear no children, burst into song and shout, you who endure no birth pangs; for the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than the children of the one who is married." Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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February 1st, 2014

Paul seems to be claiming another promise from the book of Isaiah 54.1. The points being even the childless women will have Children through God in his blessings.

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26 But the other woman corresponds to the Jerusalem above; she is free, and she is our mother. Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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February 1st, 2014

The other woman, Sarah, the mother of Isaac, and matriarch of Israel.
This truly is a tale of two cities. Two Abrahamic religions in one city, and highly favored, and watched by a third, Christianity.
Will Jerusalem ever have complete peace?

http://www.policymic.com/articles/59489/israel-says-it-will-never-divide-jerusalem-but-they-already-have

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One woman, in fact, is Hagar, from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery.

25 Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.
Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

Paul’s polemic attack on the other followers of Jesus reaches its first crescendo in here by insinuating that the Sinai covenant, central to Judaism, was the source of enslavement. This is a direct attack on the Jerusalem church, Peter and James and the other Apostles, who were sympathetic to their Jewish heritage.

It’s interesting how Hagar and Ishmael are viewed in Islam. One could say a diametrically opposed position that one presented in the OT.

This is in contrast to Genesis 17:20 where God tells Abraham, “As for Ishmael, I have heard you; I will bless him and make him fruitful and exceedingly numerous; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and will make him a great nation.” The Koran holds Ishmael and thus Hagar in high esteem. Some interpretations are that Ishmael was the favored one—he was the one circumcised to the Promise made by God/Allah (see Gen.17:25). He is called prophet in the Koran (4:163); exalted (6:80); man of his word, apostle, prophet (19:54); a just man (38:44).

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