Using Your Wide-Margin Bible – Part 1: Introduction

In looking over my stats, it’s readily apparent that Why You Need a Wide-Margin Bible is far and away my most popular post. That’s highly gratifying to me: My great passion in life is not to get everyone to hang on my interpretations, but to get people the tools they need to do their own …

Book Review: The Second Coming of the Antichrist by Peter Goodgame

I've been meaning for a while to do a few book reviews on this blog, but work on "The Curse of the Law" series--which has actually required me to back up and write prequels to the original blog post--has joined forces with my newborn baby girl and very typically two-year-old son to keep me from spending as …

My Influences of Late: Dr. Michael Heiser

I'm going to take a bit of a break from picking on other people's translation choices that I don't like to talk about some of the scholars I do like. Those who followed my morning teachings over at Cyber-Synagogue (mine were updated weekly for the morning service until we decided to combine services) know that …

Why You Need a Wide-Margin Bible

I have an article almost finished, but given that the next couple of entries would appear on Easter and on the last day of Hag Matzah (the Feast of Unleavened Bread), I really didn't think posting a series called "Judenrein Christianity" was entirely appropriate. So in the meantime, I'd like to hit a subject very …

The Three “I”s, Part 4: Levels of Paradise

In addition to the the seven general principles of interpretation set forth by R. Hillel, it is understood by the rabbis that a single passage usually has more than a single valid interpretation:  “There are seventy faces to the Torah: Turn it around and around, for everything is in it" (Num.R. 13:15).  In the middle …

The Three “I”s, Part 3: Interpretation in Judaism

An old Christian adage states, “When the plain sense makes good sense, seek no other sense, lest you end up with nonsense.”  This sounds like good advice on the surface; the only problem is that it’s not Biblical.  There are numerous instances in the New Testament where the Apostles very deliberately interpreted passages from the …

The Three “I”s, Part 2 – Inspiration and Authority

To Part 1 In Christianity, Scriptural inspiration is pretty much a binary proposition:  It's either inspired or it ain't.  And if it's inspired, it must all be inspired equally, right?  After all, "All Scripture is inspired by God (lit. "God-breathed") and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the …

The Three “I”s: Inspiration, Interpretation, Implementation– Part 1

I recently read Eung Chung Park's Either Gentile or Jew: Paul's Unfolding Theology of Inclusivity, a somewhat dry book which contains some interesting observations about some of Paul's letters and the rabbinic writings about Gentile converts into Judaism, but which is hampered by two major problems: 1) The whole book is the lead-in to a …