Category Archives: Biblical History

2 Clement, Hebrews, And The Metadata Problem Of Homilies

For those who may not be aware, a homily is another word for a sermon that is focused on spiritual edification rather than doctrinal instruction.  Most of the people reading this will probably have listened to many sermon messages that … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: What Does Pentecost/Shavuot Have To Do With Resurrection?

Over this Pentecost weekend, quite a few speakers that I listened to sought to connect Pentecost (which the Jews call Shavuot) with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  And admittedly this is not a difficult connection to make.  Nevertheless, if we … Continue reading

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Papias And The Metadata Problem Of The Gospels

Papias is an important figure in determining how it is we know what we know about the authors of the Gospels.  This is a problem that is somewhat difficult for contemporary readers to understand, largely because metadata is something we … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bible In A Disenchanted Age

The Bile In A Disenchanted Age:  The Enduring Possibility Of Christian Faith, by R.W.L. Moberly This book tries very hard to find a middle space between the disenchantment of faith due to corrosive social trends and a desire to take … Continue reading

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Book Review: Judah’s Scepter And The Sacred Stone

Judah’s Scepter And The Sacred Stone, by D.A. Brittain [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookCrash.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Given my upbringing and the popularity of stories about the Israelite origin of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Beginning Of Politics

The Beginning Of Politics:  Power In The Biblical Book Of Samuel, by Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes This book is a stellar example of what happens when someone gets biblical, historial, and political analysis right.  There are a lot of … Continue reading

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Book Review: In God’s Shadow

In God’s Shadow:  Politics In The Hebrew Bible, by Michael Walzer This book has an essential difficulty, and it is notable that the author is aware of it but unable to entirely transcend it.  That difficulty is that the Bible … Continue reading

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The Exercise Of Authority In 1 Clement

When we are seeking to understand the past as a way of justifying how things ought to work, we often find that what we are looking at is far more complex than we may first thought.  We have already seen … Continue reading

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Bitten By Your Bad Reputation: Echoes Of 1 Corinthians In 1 Clement

It is our contemporary understanding of grace that when something is forgiven that one simply never brings it up again [1].  Indeed, this idea is so firmly planted within the contemporary mind that for someone to bring up past faults, … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: Three Days And Three Nights

Yesterday while I was at services in my usual congregation, I was asked by one of my fellow brethren to help him with a question a Quaker had asked him concerning the expression “three days and three nights” in Hebrew.  … Continue reading

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