Category Archives: Bible

Scripture as Remembrance

When a loved one is absent, especially is they are far away, we keep some pictures of them. It is an act of love, and something we need, to bring out the pictures and look at them regularly. So, when … Continue reading

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The Jewish Annotated New Testament

eds. Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. My copy just came Second Day Air from Amazon. Wow. I am one of the first few hundred people to have the JANT (except those who got … Continue reading

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Torah Fundamental #2

The Torah is a code which assumes a community tradition to fill in its gaps. That is, the Torah does not spell out how to carry out many of its commands. The details of procedure are often left to the … Continue reading

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Meditations on Future Hope

Let’s consider two ways of looking at the meaning of time and events: naturalism and messianism. There are certainly other ideas about history, the present, and the future, but for simplicity’s sake, I’m only interested in these two. By naturalism … Continue reading

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Why Read the Bible Realistically?

In a comment today someone, who I know to have meant it in a friendly way, characterized the way I explain and interpret biblical passages as “a dose of Biblical criticism, history, and archeology that may get you uncomfortable.” The … Continue reading

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James Pyles: How to Hear the Jewish Voice of Jesus

A fantastic meditation and practical example for those Christians who want to hear more, to do more than have “morning devotions” in the NIV Study Bible, who have begun to discover the unity of the Bible and long to find … Continue reading

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New Testament = Apostolic Writings … Class Coming

I’ll be teaching an online class through MJTI January 8 – February 12. I’d love to have you in the class. As a prelude to that idea, I want to say a few things about the “New Testament,” the lingo … Continue reading

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Light Beer is Unbiblical! Isaiah 1:22

For the Daily Isaiah notes I send out I was busy translating Isaiah 1:22 last night. I discovered that light beer is unbiblical. Past the jump, find out how I reached this conclusion.

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A Simchat Torah Study

Simchat Torah begins tonight at sundown. In the spirit of Simchat Torah, I decided to outline the reformations of Torah and Temple from David to Ezra in the Bible. I had an idea that I might discover there some principles … Continue reading

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Torah and New Testament, #4

The approaching dissolution of the Jewish economy, and the erecting of the evangelical state, shall set this matter at large, and lay all in common, so that it shall be a thing perfectly indifferent whether in either of these places … Continue reading

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