The Shame of a Shameless Society

I'm currently reading David A. deSilva's Honor, Patronage, Kinship, & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture. It's a fascinating read, and not too dense or pedantic for a scholarly work, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to better understand the New Testament. I'll have to do a full review sometime, but at the moment, I'd …

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Where is Satan in the Old Testament?

[Author's note: I'm playing around with some features in Google Docs, namely the EasyBib Bibliography Creator, Bible Verse, and Docs to WordPress add-ons. Consequently, this post is going to look a bit more like an academic paper than usual. Let me know what you think!] If you spend any time at all in academia--or with …

Just What Is An Apostle, Anyway?

One of my favourite blogs to follow lately is Cryptotheology (recently added to my blogroll here). Matthew Malcomb does a fantastic job at posting short, informative, eminently readable posts that frequently delve into how the original readers of the New Testament may have read certain terms differently than we. Case in point, he recently published …

From HebrewRoot: Answering Romans 14

As I noted in my last post, this series has been sparked in part due to Cris Putnam's posts dealing with the Sabbath on his Logos Apologia blog. My introductory post was edited pretty heavily around answering his arguments. This one is less so, mostly because the article I wrote a half-decade ago pretty much …

The Curse of the Law: Part 3 – Trying to Put the Pieces Back Together

  First, my apologies for the delay. My wife was sick last week, so I didn't have my usual night off to write and edit. Hopefully this post will still be welcome. Though those in Israel with ears to hear knew that the covenant had been broken, they never ceased in trying to put the …

The Curse of the Law: Part 2 – Why Yeshua Was Rejected

I concluded the last post by noting, "What this means is that, contrary to common Christian interpretation, the Jewish people were not cursed because we rejected Yeshua. On the contrary, the Jews had already been under the curse of the law for over seven hundred years before Yeshua came. In fact, the rejection of Yeshua by …