Category Archives: The Bible

Daily Bible Reading in Greek and Hebrew

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One of the changes I made in my daily Bible readings this year is to include Greek and Hebrew readings on a set schedule. My plan is to read the Gospels in Greek this year and Genesis in Hebrew. I … Continue reading

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Mezuzah Scroll

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The Shema is one of the most significant sections of Scripture in the Hebrew Bible, and it is recited daily by Jews today in morning prayers. Deuteronomy 6:4-9   4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  … Continue reading

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The Story of Revelation

Last Sunday, I finished up a 3 sermon overview of the Revelation of John. This was my introduction for the series. C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien may be best known today for authoring fictional series that were … Continue reading

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OT Theology – Reformation

My first post was a summary of Brueggemann’s survey of OT scholarship in Theology of the Old Testament (here). I’m going to try to summarize some of these different sections in greater detail. Brueggemann chooses the Reformation as the appropriate … Continue reading

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Brueggemann’s OT Theology

As I have neared the end of my graduate program, my particular interests have begun to take shape, and this has provided me with a little more specific direction for my future studies. My interests are probably still broad and … Continue reading

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Wide and Narrow Way

On my run this morning, I listened to a podcast sermon by Timothy Keller, and he made an interesting point on the wide and narrow way. Toward the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus states, 13 Enter by … Continue reading

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Wright’s Typological Interpretation

This is a fourth post on Wright’s models of interpretation in Old Testament Ethics and the People of God. The Paradigmatic Model related the OT Law to Creation, where it sought to restore God’s creative purposes for humans and creation … Continue reading

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Wright’s OT Ethical Framework

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I just finished reading Christopher Wright’s An Eye for an Eye: The Place of Old Testament Ethics Today. Wright’s book, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God seems to be an expanded version of his thoughts in this book … Continue reading

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Tradition for Crisis

Tradition for Crisis: A Study in Hosea (1968) was one of Walter Brueggemann’s first publications, if not the first. I picked it up at Lipscomb library, and it proved to exceed my expectations. I’ve been studying the Minor Prophets, so … Continue reading

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The Use of Analogy in the OT Law

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In my last post entitled Embodied Principles in the Old Testament, I spoke about the authority of the OT to provide practical insights into godly living today. This can be accomplished through a process of deriving principles from the Law and … Continue reading

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Embodied Principles in the Old Testament

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I was listening to John Goldingay in an iTunes U. lecture on the law in the Pentateuch, a subject which continues to hold my interest. He spoke about a method of interpretation that is common in dealing with the OT … Continue reading

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Reverence for God’s Name

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I have been aware for some time of the Jewish practice to omit the name of God in oral speech. This tradition stems from the third word in the Decalogue, which states, You shall not take the name of the … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Indictment of Hypocrisy (Matthew 23)

In Matthew 23, Jesus gives a stinging rebuke of the hypocrisy in the scribes and Pharisees. This chapter contains a third of all references in the NT to hypocrite (6 out of 17) so it serves as a fitting place … Continue reading

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The Meal as an Illustration of Kingdom Principles

The meal is one of the most common occurrences for all people, regardless of culture. Meals often reflect social values, and this was true in Jesus’ day. He used the meal as commonly practiced to contrast with principles related to … Continue reading

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Law in Galatians

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Since I studied Galatians in the beginning part of the year, I have thought about the subject of Law off and on. For the most part in Galatians (and other Pauline epistles), Law is considered in a negative light, and … Continue reading

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