A Biblical Theology of the Book of Amos

Amos came with a message from YHWH to the Northern Kingdom of Israel. He was not considered a formal prophet, or even in a prophetic school (7:14), but rather, he was a farmer from the southern tribes (1:1).  Even though he did not have formal training, his book still communicates the message of God inContinue reading “A Biblical Theology of the Book of Amos”

The History of Interpretation of the Genealogies in Genesis 5 and 11

The debate over Genesis five and eleven stretches back as far as men have commented on these passages. But, for the most part, scholars and theologians in the pre-critical era understood Genesis five and eleven to be accurate historical information. While there are some exceptions to this rule, this homogeny will be assumed for theContinue reading “The History of Interpretation of the Genealogies in Genesis 5 and 11”

The Preparation of the Gospel: A Contribution from Eusebius to Christian Theology Part 2

Book Eight: The Polity of the Jews According to Moses Eusebius moves to the establishment of the Hebrew nation my Moses. At first, he digresses to discuss the providence of God in the translation of the Hebrew oracles into Greek (p. 358).  After this digression, he argues that laws of Israel were written on twoContinue reading “The Preparation of the Gospel: A Contribution from Eusebius to Christian Theology Part 2”

The Preparation of the Gospel: A Contribution from Eusebius to Christian Theology Part 1

During the transition from paganism to Christianity in the Roman empire, Eusebius of Caesarea became a significant player in controversies at that time. He took part in the debate over the deity of Christ and engaged extensively with pagan philosophies during his life time.  Several of his works survive till modern time, displaying his meticulousContinue reading “The Preparation of the Gospel: A Contribution from Eusebius to Christian Theology Part 1”

Christ As King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ Part 3

Royal Authenticity of Christ (NT) It is one thing to claim to be the King, it is another thing to prove it. In the Davidic Covenant There were two criteria for this king laid out (2 Sm 7:13). First, he would come from David’s line: “I will raise up your descendant after you, who willContinue reading “Christ As King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ Part 3”

Christ As King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ Part 2

Royal Appearance of Christ (NT) When we turn to the NT, Jesus appears as the subject matter. He is immediately addressed as king and people are willing to make him one. Jesus himself claimed to be king, although indirectly. Jesus’s Claim to be King Jesus made several claims to be the King of Israel. First,Continue reading “Christ As King: The Royal Supremacy of Christ Part 2”

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”