I Have a Patreon Page!

As my long-time readers and those who have met me know, I've run a tent-making ministry from the very beginning. While I agree that those who teach the Gospel should receive support for it (1Co. 9:14), I've always held down a full-time job, only occasionally drawing a secondary income from book sales or speaking gigs. …

Using Your Wide-Margin Bible – Part 6: The Life and Times of [Fill in the Blank]

Scholars call the Bible a “High Context Document.” This is a fancy way of saying that the Bible expects you to know a few things when reading it. After all, most of its authors were completely unaware that they were writing words that would be poured over and delved into thousands of years later, and …

Using Your Wide-Margin Bible – Part 5: Starting Word Studies

This section is going to assume that you have a wide-margin Bible rather than a notebook. After all, if you have a notebook, or a series of notebooks, you have all the space in the world to write down every little thought, teaching, and reference that comes to mind. If you have a wide-margin Bible, …

Using Your Wide-Margin Bible – Part 4: Pick a Book, Any Book

Okay, so now you're all ready to go. You've got your highlighters and your pens, you've worked out your color scheme, and gone ahead and marked down some basic cross-references in your New Testament (and hopefully remembered to also mark the return references in your OT). Now it's time to pick out your first book …

Using Your Wide-Margin Bible – Part 3: Preparing Your Bible

Okay, so you’ve gotten through the last post and haven’t fallen into despair yet. Good! Now let’s pick up your shiny new wide-margin Bible and . . . still not write in it just yet. Give some thought to a system for how you want to mark the text first. Start with a good set …

Using Your Wide-Margin Bible – Part 2: Before You Pick Up a Pen

I’ve previously written on Jewish hermenutics and their application to the New Testament, so I’ll here lay out some thoughts by other authors. Dr. Heiser lays out his own rules for Bible study (which he explains in greater detail on his soon-to-be revived Naked Bible Podcast): There is no substitute for close attention to the …

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 …

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 …

Podcast News

As many readers to this blog know, I ran a little experiment with podcasting a short time ago which ultimately petered out because the relatively few clicks on the podcasts did not justify the time it took to produce one.  However, my Sabbath teachings on the book of Matthew have been posting regularly on Cyber-Synagogue. For the prophecy …

The Gospel According to the Inner Circle, Pt. 2: The Light of God

Yochanan uses another term in his first chapter to describe Yeshua: He calls Him “the Light,” and says that He “lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (v. 9). The same phrase is used throughout the Talmud and Rabbinical literature to mean literally “every single person.” For example, in the rhetorical question, “Doth not …