Prophecy in the NT, 1st Principle: Multiple Fulfillments

That which has been fulfilled in spirit may be fulfilled again in both spirit and letter in the Messiah. The very first prophecy of the Tanakh that is openly cited in the New Testament is Isaiah 7:14, as quoted in Matthew 1:23: "'Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his …

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: Mark 7:19 and Acts 10-11

As I state over in my article on Romans 14, I was once very cavalier about ignoring the kosher laws, even to the point of jokingly suggesting that the ultimate test of faith was the ultimate unkosher meal.  After all, weren’t the kosher commandments just a relic of a bygone age when the lack of …

For the Apologetics File: 5 Possible Theories That Explain the Resurrection of Jesus

I came across this in another forum, and decided to post it here for both my readers and for my own future reference. Rarely have I seen such a succinct yet thorough defense of Yeshua's resurrection: 5 Possible Theories that Explain the Resurrection of Jesus Part 1 - 5 Possible Theories that Explain the Resurrection …

From HebrewRoot: Answering Objections – Introduction

A couple of things came together to start this series. First, Cris Putnam has been posting a series on his blog (Logos Apologia) about what he calls "Confusion About Sunday Worship." I agree there's a lot of confusion on the subject, and I think many of my Hebrew Roots brethren are a bit too strident …

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 …

Can Women Minister? – Introduction

Recently, Derek Gilbert brought a controversy to his PID Radio forum on Facebook that has been raised several times: What is the proper role of women in the Ekklesia? He linked to an article by Tony Jones called, “It’s Time For a Schism Regarding Women in the Church," in which Jones makes the following assertion: …

Common Mistranslations – The Book of Hebrews

The book of Hebrews has long been interpreted to be a kind of Galatians to the Jews, warning Jewish Christians not to go “back” to the religion of Judaism. For example, Albert Barnes writes in the introduction to his commentary, The general purpose of this Epistle is, to preserve those to whom it was sent …