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 …

The Curse of the Law: Part 1 – Deuteronomy as a Treaty

(This post was first published over a year ago, but then I realized I hadn't set it up very well. Hopefully, second time's the charm.) As I've mentioned a couple of times on this blog, I've been working on a paper that I hope to get peer-reviewed at some point. It turns out that that's …

Israel as a Divine Council, Part 5: The Camp of Israel and the Court of Heaven

Were the terms of the Covenant and the distinctive mark of the number seventy the only evidence that Israel was intended to be a replacement Divine Council, it would be remarkable enough, but as we continue to search the Scriptures, we find still greater proofs in the design of the camp of Israel in the …

Israel as a Divine Council, Part 4 – The Divine Sanhedrin

When the Holy One, the Eternal Creator of those worshiped as gods by the nations, entered into covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and ratified that covenant with their multitude of sons at Sinai, it must have shaken the powers of heaven (cf. Mark 13:25). They had been given dominion over the whole world, over …

Israel as a Divine Council, Part 3: The Fall of the Nations

Only by understanding the true importance of Israel’s position as a son of God and the Ekklesia’s true relationship to Israel can we hope to understand the Eternal One’s prophetic plan. But in order to understand Israel’s position, we must first understand the events surrounding God’s second use of that mysterious phrase, “Let us,” in …

Israel as a Divine Council, Part 2: Sons of God

The book of Genesis contains three very rare instances of the Eternal One speaking of taking an action, but doing so with a plural. In the first, on the sixth day, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26). Lest anyone think that someone other than God himself actually …

Israel as a Divine Council, Part 1: Introduction

The degree to which the Bible interacts with the mythologies of Israel’s neighbors is a fact that is all-too-often better known and understood by its critics than by its believers. Jews and Christians often find themselves confronted with claims by atheists and neo-pagans alike that the ancient Jews simply stole from the legends of the …