“I Have Given the Blood to You” Lev. 17.11- By Jay Sklar

Preparing for Easter From Leviticus — Part I Many people think (wrongly) that God or His redemptive plan resembles a sort of cosmic vending machine in that we humans only need to find the right currency to deposit, and wah-lah, we have salvation. Jay Sklar shows that God turns sacrifice on its head in that it is He who pays the price: During the Lord’s … Continue reading “I Have Given the Blood to You” Lev. 17.11- By Jay Sklar

Hurtado Reviews “Mary Magdalene:” The Film

March 28, 2018 Viewing the recently released film, “Mary Magdalene,” wasn’t quite as boring as watching paint dry, but the comparison did come to mind.  I did wonder at various points how much longer it would go on.  And that’s a shame, because Mary of Magdala is an intriguing character.  We don’t really know all that much about her, but there is at least an … Continue reading Hurtado Reviews “Mary Magdalene:” The Film

It Was Not the Season for Figs-Mark 11.13-14

Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it (Mk. 11.13-14 NIV). This clause, “it was not the … Continue reading It Was Not the Season for Figs-Mark 11.13-14

Luke 22:43-44. Is the Angel and the Sweat like Drops of Blood an Early Addition? — The Greek New Testament Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge

Here is an account of our Lord’s suffering that most biblical editors regard as factually true but possibly “not literarily true” (to quote the note in the NET Bible- the event happened but Luke did not write it originally in his account). In this article, Dirk Jongkind, seems more open to the inclusion as authentic.  Dr. Jongkind spent some 10 years editing sources (along with … Continue reading Luke 22:43-44. Is the Angel and the Sweat like Drops of Blood an Early Addition? — The Greek New Testament Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge