(Picture Courtesy British Museum. The clay impression [my caption Gen. 3.15] is of a 2nd millenium B.C. cylinder seal from the northern fertile crescent. The seal depicts a dominant man trampling a dragon, a subordinant man following, and a woman picking fruit from a tree. This seal, I believe, portrays the prophecy of the Christ given before the foundation of the world.) Often Christians have … Continue reading First Prophecy
This topic of the use of parables or cryptic revelation in the text has been on my mind for a long time. It seems to me redemptive revelation needs to be cryptic for several reasons, not all of them apparent. Much of the O.T. is parabolic as was much of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus explained to His disciples why He spoke in parables but His answer … Continue reading Why is the Bible so Mysterious?
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The Romans were adept at crucifixion, according to many historical sources. The first archaeological evidence of crucifixion was uncovered in 1978 [1968; see comments] when an ossuary (bone box, or receptacle) was found north of Jerusalem containing the bones of a man who had been crucified. His name was “Yehohanan, the son of Hagakol.” He is thought to… Continue reading Crucified skeleton found near Jerusalem
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. This verse is a curse on the serpent for deceiving the woman into eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thereby causing her to become a sinner. Many theologians think that when Adam took … Continue reading Gen.3.15
(courtesy of The British Museum) This impression has all the elements of the Genesis story: A king treading a horned dragon with limbs, a woman picking fruit from a tree, an additional lesser figure who may depict Adam. This seal is truly amazing and undoubtedly refers to the Promised Seed of the woman from Gen.3.15. Continue reading Gen.3.15 cylinder seal II
Please notice the elements in this personal photo: A man standing on a serpent (ironically his head is cross), other snakes (some appear dismembered), scorpions, and a turtle. Continue reading Gen.3.15 cylinder seal
John the Baptist Jesus used the figure of an oil lamp to speak about the revelation and ministry of John the Baptist. In responding to those Jews who opposed Him, Jesus claimed John’s witness: “You sent a delegation to John, and he testified to the truth. Although I don’t accept human testimony, I say these things so that you can be saved. John was a … Continue reading The Burning and Shining Lamp: John the Baptist