*Update* Logos Tutorial: Basic Searches and Word Lists

*Update* I just realized I didn’t publish my you tube video! So I fixed that and it should be available now. I’m still getting to the whole YouTube studio thing. Here is my next video on how to hack Logos. From comments I received on my last video, I found that needed to discuss theseContinue reading “*Update* Logos Tutorial: Basic Searches and Word Lists”

A One-Woman Man—Why This Interpretation is Wrong

I’m reading MacAurther’s book Pastoral Ministry. In brief, I have a soap box that he touched on. Here’s what he said: The first character qualification in Titus that spells out what it means for a pastor to be above reproach is that he be “the husband of one wife” (Titus 1:6). A literal translation ofContinue reading “A One-Woman Man—Why This Interpretation is Wrong”

Ugarit and It’s Significance for Biblical Studies: Part 3

Literary Comparisons The discoveries of Ugarit included a vast array of literature. Ugarit contained the largest Canaanite[1] body of literature known to date. The best-known portion of this literature is the Baal Cycle. It is an epic about the exploits and challenges of Baal. In addition to the well-known mythical texts, the literature also includesContinue reading “Ugarit and It’s Significance for Biblical Studies: Part 3”

Logos Tutorial: Word Study, Relevant Chapters

This is my first attempt at recording a video! It is one of my basic methodologies I use when doing a word study. So often, you get bogged down working through every passage on a particular word. With this methodology, you can prioritize your search by finding the chapters that talk about the word theContinue reading “Logos Tutorial: Word Study, Relevant Chapters”

Exegesis: Theology’s Science

The so-called soft sciences, such as history or anthropology, have a common issue: the lack of experimental controls. That is, there is no “standard” to compare it too. Unlike empirical sciences, like biology and physics, there is no way to repeat history and only change small variables in the process. This does not mean thatContinue reading “Exegesis: Theology’s Science”

Ugarit and It’s Significance for Biblical Studies: Part 2

Grammatical Comparison Because of their close proximity to each other, Ugaritic and Hebrew share many common features. For example, the base form for many of their words has three radicals. From these radicals, endings are added, or vowels changed to use the words in a variety of ways. Nouns The noun systems in Ugaritic andContinue reading “Ugarit and It’s Significance for Biblical Studies: Part 2”

Thoughts on Apologetics

There is a debate about how to do apologetics. I certainly will not solve the debate, but I offer my observations. Most everyone agrees: evidence is not enough to convert anyone. And there must be a work of the Spirit. What we do argue over is what kind of evidences we should use and howContinue reading “Thoughts on Apologetics”

The State of Modern Biblical Studies

I just read an excellent article from Joshua Berman. He works through the state of modern Biblical Studies and finds many problems with it. “A double standard permeates the field [of biblical studies]: when a scholar adduces evidence for the unity of a biblical text, he is liable to be labeled a conservative and dismissed;Continue reading “The State of Modern Biblical Studies”

Ugarit and It’s Significance for Biblical Studies: Part 1

An Introduction to Ugarit The Ancient Near East—a vast era of epic accounts, powerful empires and beautiful cites—was lost to the Western World for most of Medieval and Renaissance Eras. There were few sources of information which they had about the Ancient Near East: Philo, Herodotus, and the Bible. Recently, however, through the development ofContinue reading “Ugarit and It’s Significance for Biblical Studies: Part 1”

Mafia-Style Exegesis

Having now visited many churches, listened to thousands of sermons, and preached a few myself, I have noticed the wide variety of exegesis. I’ve complained elsewhere about paregesis (preaching alongside the text, but never actually preaching the text). Here, I want to complain, if you’ll so indulge me, about Mafia-Style exegesis. This gangster way ofContinue reading “Mafia-Style Exegesis”