Gospel Doctrine Lesson 39: Isaiah 50-53

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One theme throughout these chapters is the redemption and recovery of Israel, specifically from Babylonian exile and previous scattering by the Assyrians. The lesson manual focuses on the messianic foreshadowing of Jesus as redeeming figure. Scholars refer to these as the "Suffering Servant" passages, and the text is well-known to many people through Handel's Messiah. I want to focus on a few different passages, though, which invoke certain attributes of God's power as they relate to creation, … [Read more...]

Recommended NT Resources, Part 2: General and Reference

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 (Cross-posted at Times&Seasons) Many of these can be purchased in paper, kindle, or from Logos or Accordance. (I'm a big Logos user.) As with all my recommendations, take them with a grain of salt. I neither fully endorse nor vouch for everything said in these, but you will certainly learn and grow by reading them.Samples are often available from Amazon or Google books, and in some cases I've linked to others here or in the past.If you missed it, part 1 is here. … [Read more...]

Recommended NT Resources, Part 1: Translations, Text, and the Bible in General

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( Cross-posted at Times&Seasons, where there are more comments.) We're 80% of the way through our Old Testament, and the time has come to start looking forward. As I did for the Old, so I will do for the New. This time, I'll break it up into a few posts, probably a few weeks apart. (Part 2 is now posted.)As before, the absolute best and easiest thing you can do to increase the quality and frequency of your Bible study is to replace/supplement your KJV with a different translation. You … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 38: Isaiah 40-49

As always, there's a lot going on in these chapters. I'm a bit thin on these chapters (and I've also spent the last two weeks packing up our apartment, moving anything we didn't sell into storage, writing several secondaries and a tertiary medical application, relocating to a different city, AND getting a nose-dripping cold.) So I'm going to do little more than skim over the top and hit on a few themes.First, and majorly, is the issue of Second Isaiah. Much scholarship, dating back a few … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 37: Isaiah 22, 24-26, 28-30.

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First, to continue from last week, is Isaiah's love of wordplay and pun, which drives much of Isaiah's word choice. In today's reading, for example, in 24:17 we read Isaiah speaking of "terror, a pit, and a snare." These nouns are pachad, wa-pachat, wa-pach (wa meaning "and" here, a conjunction) See the Anchor Bible Dictionary article, Wordplay.The lesson today takes disparate verses and applies them Messianic fashion to Jesus. That’s legitimate and useful, but we need to be caref … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36: Isaiah 1-6

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Normally I'd begin with a link to my podcast and transcript... except it appears that while I wrote 90% of a podcast in 2010, I never recorded it. Amos was the last podcast I put up. Consider this an intro to Isaiah.I have a confession. I’ve never really cared much for Isaiah. I’ve always found other parts of the Old Testament more interesting. When writing a podcast, I always go consult my preexisting notes I’ve prepared from personal study or teaching Institute. And as it turns out, I have … [Read more...]

Temporary Gospel Doctrine Lesson 35: Amos and Joel

The week has come and gone, and I realize I haven't put up  a post yet, which is a tragedy because I really like Amos.So while I write an update which may not arrive until tomorrow, here's some material to hold you over.Here's the podcast and transcript for Amos.I wrote about the question "Does God Commit Evil?" in response to the KJV/JST of Amos 3:6, over at Mormon Monastery.This is a rough draft of something I wrote a few years ago on Hebrew sod (rhymes with bode), translated a … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine lesson 34: Hosea

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First off, my podcast and transcript on Hosea are here. The manual suggests primary focus on Hosea 1-3 (the marriage metaphor) and 11, 13, 14 (invitations to repent.) However, Hosea is not long, and reading the whole thing in preparation is fairly quick. … [Read more...]


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