William Varner

William Varner

Will (PhD) pastors and teaches NT at The Master’s College where he directs IBEX, the college's overseas campus in Israel. He and his wife, Helen, have two grown children and one with the Lord plus four beautiful grandchildren.

Jerome’s Legacy: Towering Scholar or Anti-Semite?

Jerome and the Jews: Innovative Supersessionism, by William Krewson (Wipf & Stock, 2017), 218pp. William Krewson’s book on Jerome is not simply another introduction to the life and thought of one of the truly great “Doctors of the Church.” His book is focused on one area of his many writings – the role of the Jewish people in the plan and purpose of God. People often use the writings of the Fathers when they are convenient to push a personal…

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Tribute to John Sailhamer: Review of His Meaning of the Pentateuch

The Meaning of the Pentateuch by John Sailhamer (IVP, 2009, 632 pp.) was the most stimulating and insightful book on the Bible that I read in the decade of 2000-2010. Sailhamer boldly went where most fear to tread in his proposal about the textual composition of the Pentateuch and the entire Hebrew Bible – as well as their implications for a theology of the OT. He argues for a two stage composition of the….

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Article Published on the Original Reading of James 3:3: “Behold,” or “But if” and Why it Matters?

In a recently published article (full PDF linked below), I suggest a different reading in Jas 3.3a from what is found in the critical texts of NA28/UBS4 which read: εἰ δὲ τῶν ἵππων τοὺς χαλινοὺς εἰς τὰ στόματα βάλλομεν εἰς τὸ πείθεσθαι αὐτοὺς ἡμῖν, καὶ ὅλον τὸ σῶμα αὐτῶν μετάγομεν. I suggest that ἴδε instead of εἰ δὲ has both older external evidence and a better argument from internal evidence for its adoption….

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Give Me Back My Old Testament!

In recent years I have noticed a lot of criticism of Christians who love Jer 29:11 and have personalized it for their lives. Recently even the Babylon Bee satirizes a young Christian who has it as a tattoo to commemorate his return from exile in Babylon. You certainly have hear it quoted, but here it is again….

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