Esther is notorious for not mentioning “God.” He is working behind the scenes in his sovereignty to orchestrate events to work for the preservation of his people and for justice against their enemies. But, did you know that the word “God” actually occurs 26 times in Esther? Well, at least in the additions Old Greek….
A significant observation on which much of my dissertation hinges is that Eph 4:11-16, which uses obvious body imagery, also uses temple imagery. At least five Greek roots in Eph 4:11-16 that describe the church are also used in Eph 2:19-22 to describe the church explicitly as a temple….
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….
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….
Do we need to get inside the Hebrew minds of the New Testament authors?
Someone in the modern Messianic movement posted the following on Facebook….
Over the last 8 years I’ve worked hard to improve my writing. I’ve worked as a consultant for a Writing Center, as a grader, researcher, and editor for many professors, I’ve written a lot and published some, but most of all I’ve absorbed everything I could learn to improve my writing. Here’s a few of my top ways to improve your writing….
New books are being published left and right, but you’re crazy busy. How can you read more faster and improve your productivity?
In Craig Bartholomew’s recent Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics, he gives eight guidelines for how the doctrine of the Trinity shapes biblical hermeneutics (8-15). If we want to interpret the Bible in a trinitarian manner, we should approach the Bible in this way….
The New Testament world lost a giant when I. Howard Marshall died on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Immediately, testimonies began popping up all over the web about ways Marshall had influenced men and women in the classroom and out of it. Since I never met Dr. Marshall but have appreciated his work, I thought I could join the tribute train by collating the testimonies of others into one place. If you have any more, please comment below so I can add them to the post….
This week the internet exploded when archaeologists found a seal from Hezekiah in Jerusalem. The seal contains the phrase לחזקיהו [בן] אחז מלך יהדה–at least I’m trusting the person who knows paleo-Hebrew script to have that correct! The translation is “Belonging to Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, King of Judah.” What an exciting find! Of course this doesn’t “prove” that the Bible is true,…