Christ As King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ Part 1

Christians often treat Jesus as a friend and a brother, as well they should. He is both the “first-born among many brethren” and our friend (Heb 2:10; Jn 15:14-15). Yet, in American society, we have often left Christ on this level only. We often do not think what it means that he is King andContinue reading “Christ As King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ Part 1”

Christ and the Divine Council: Part 2

The Death of the Incarnate Son When Jesus took upon him the form of a servant, he shattered every conceivable norm in the DC. Yahweh was already function as an angel when he took a further step down and became “lower than the אלהים/αγγελοι” (Ps 8:5; Heb 2:7). He was made a man and becameContinue reading “Christ and the Divine Council: Part 2”

Christ and the Divine Council: Part 1

The concept of angels is much deeper than most Christians realize. The New Testament writers used αγγελος to refer to a class of beings known in the Old Testament as אלהים or gods. For example, Hebrews 1:6 says, “Let all the αγγελοι of God worship [Christ].” Psalm 97:7 says, “Worship [Yahweh], all you אלהים.” ThisContinue reading “Christ and the Divine Council: Part 1”

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”

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”

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”

What Happened at Peor? Part 3

General Canaanite Religion Although the religion of Baal Peor has not been identified in any archeological discovery, Ancient Near East discoveries indicate the nature of the religion of Baal Peor. Before the rise of ANE archeology, knowledge of the religion of Canaan was limited to the Hebrew Bible. The authors of Hebrew Bible wrote forContinue reading “What Happened at Peor? Part 3”

What Happened at Peor? Part 2

The Balaam Inscription Outside of the Hebrew Bible, the only other related textual source is what scholars have called the Balaam Inscription. During the 1967 archeology season at Tell Deir ‘Allā,[1] a worker was shoveling away debris out of a temple complex when he noticed a piece of plaster with some ancient text on it.Continue reading “What Happened at Peor? Part 2”

What Happened at Peor? Part 1

“While Israel remained at Shittim, the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab. For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.”[1] God burned with anger and Moses commanded: “Take all the chiefs of the people, and impale themContinue reading “What Happened at Peor? Part 1”