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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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7 Ways to Improve Your Writing

7 Ways to Improve Your Writing

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….

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Eight Guidelines for a Trinitarian Hermeneutic

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….

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Collation of Tributes to the Magnificent Life of I. Howard Marshall

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….

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Hezekiah’s Long Lost Seal, Book Deals, and New Books

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,…

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How to Get Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals

One of the sessions at SBL in Atlanta (2015) brought together three editors of mainstream journals to discuss the process of selecting and editing journal articles for publication in their journal. Much of the process is common sense, but it was most helpful to hear the differences between the journals that were represented and their estimated statistics on article selection vs. rejection and the kinds of articles….

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