Ancient Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals

Above I have posted a seal impression from the British Museum which seems to be no longer accessible. The pixel count of the above image is much less than the original displayed content. If I am correct on my take of the scene, it refers to the judicial promise/curse of Gen.3.15. Notice the woman picking the fruit while the kingly Messiah tramples the serpent leading … Continue reading Ancient Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals

What Should We Make of Unanswered Prayers? — Southern Equip

Need encouragement to pray? John Calvin once said that “Nothing is better adapted to excite us to prayer than a full conviction that we shall be heard.” That’s why Jesus said things like: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For… What Should We Make of Unanswered Prayers? — Southern Equip Continue reading What Should We Make of Unanswered Prayers? — Southern Equip

Top Ten Discoveries Related to Abraham — Bible Archaeology Report

Abraham was the first and greatest of the Hebrew patriarchs; his story unfolds over 15 chapters in the book of Genesis (from Gen. 11:26-Gen. 25:8).  The Lord called him out of his own country to a new land and promised to bless the earth through him (Gen. 12:1-3). In our next top ten list, we’ll […] Top Ten Discoveries Related to Abraham — Bible Archaeology Report Continue reading Top Ten Discoveries Related to Abraham — Bible Archaeology Report

Accuracy in a Complex World

Admittedly, I copied this paragraph from another site’s post who added nothing else except its attribution. The paragraph notes the complexities in ancient 2nd Temple Israel. Our own world is likewise complex. Let us not think earlier times and lives were somehow simply cut and dried and that the bible is elementary; it is not. Yet, accuracy can be achieved despite the complexity and is … Continue reading Accuracy in a Complex World

Separating the Wheat From the Chaff

Labeling people with generalist classifications often leads to pigeonholing them wrongly. For instance, Jesus was thought to be closely aligned with the Pharisees early in His ministry. He held Pharisaical positions such as the resurrection from the dead and acceptance of the Prophets and Writings along with the Pentateuch. The other major 2nd Temple Jewish Sect, the Sadducees, believed only in earthly life and its … Continue reading Separating the Wheat From the Chaff

The Mechanisms of Establishing the Old Testament Text

Peter J. Gentry has an article dealing with how and why the present shape of the Old Testament exists. The article is fairly comprehensive and technical but very readable for any layperson familiar with the bible. One does not need to analyze all his technical charts he presents, from himself or others, to fully grasp the points he is making. He writes in a very … Continue reading The Mechanisms of Establishing the Old Testament Text

The Accurate Transmission of the New Testament

Timothy N. Mitchell explains some of the issues of how the authorial text was preserved. This is a great read. I have been following his own blog for the last several years and am very sympathetic to his thesis in this article. Enjoy! https://equip.sbts.edu/publications/where-inspiration-is-found-putting-the-new-testament-autographs-in-context/ Continue reading The Accurate Transmission of the New Testament

A Valuable Resource in Finding the Subtextual Reading of the Bible

These studies are at the college-level and are short. Often, they take ten minutes to read if one is generally familiar with the bible and its concepts. Some articles may take fifteen, or, twenty minutes with adjacent searches of terms. https://www.etzion.org.il/en/tanakh/studies-tanakh/literary-readings-tanakh/introduction-i-subtextual-reading-biblical Continue reading A Valuable Resource in Finding the Subtextual Reading of the Bible

A Refined View of the Concept of “Covenant”

While I may not agree with all of the following description in this Jewish site, it does help to explain the idea of the “covenant” which is rooted in ancient biblical thought and continues with the establishment of The New Covenant. A particular disagreement involves labeling the 66 books of the bible into old and new testaments, which I agree with, since they refer to … Continue reading A Refined View of the Concept of “Covenant”