This question was posed to me on the ever so scholarly debate platform Facebook. Nate Labadorf what is your argument as to why election is not unconditional, and why Christ is not given all the sheep He is given by God in Him (Christ )in John 6? Let’s answer that second question in this post.Continue reading “John 6 and Effectual Drawing: What Does It Mean to Hear and Learn?”
In this podcast, we discover how an ancient Israelite prophet argued his legal case against Israel. This discovery shows how the legal system in Israel was based on a common-law system.
Most Christians at some time or another have wondered what we do with the Old Testament (OT). I don’t think I can answer all the questions. But I want to suggest a way of thinking about the OT that may lead to fruitful exegesis. Before my suggestion, I have two thoughts. First, as Christians weContinue reading “The OT and Me: What is Our Relationship with It?”
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”
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”
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”
“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.” God burned with anger and Moses commanded: “Take all the chiefs of the people, and impale themContinue reading “What Happened at Peor? Part 1”
We all struggle with interpreting the Mosaic Covenant as Christians. Well, we know what the Law says, it is clear enough. But what does it mean to us. Here is my answer. But like all good answers, there is a bit involved. First, the Mosaic Covenant (from now on revered to as the Law) establishedContinue reading “Two Nations Under God: The Mosaic and New Covenants”
Today, my buddy and I interview Judson Greene, a friend of mine at BJU. He wrote the papers on YHWH and the divine council that I read earlier this year.
This week, I’m launching into something new inspired by Judson’s paper. His paper was all about bringing the data of the divine council into the area of systematic theology. Specifically, he explored how it effected the area of Theology Proper. In my reading and research this summer, I took this as a model for exploringContinue reading “Christ and the Divine Council”