New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 31: Acts 15-18, 1-2 Thessalonians.

We're moving into very very dense historical, textual, and doctrinal territory today. Today I lean pretty heavily on Wright and the Anchor Bible Dictionary. … [Read more...]

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30: Acts 10-15

Since I am posting this and the last lesson two nights apart, I'm going to repeat my housekeeping remarks. First, at the bottom of every post and on the About page, there is a special Amazon link. You can support my work by buying things on Amazon through that link; whatever you would normally buy on Amazon, just buy it through that link. All my book links go to Amazon as well, and clicking on one of them and then purchasing other things has the same effect. Thanks for your support. Second, I’v … [Read more...]

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 29: Acts 6-9

We're about half way through the year, and I felt it appropriate to repost some housekeeping things I hope you read.First, at the bottom of every post and on the About page, there is a special Amazon link. You can support my work by buying things on Amazon through that link; whatever you would normally buy on Amazon, just buy it through that link. All my book links go to Amazon as well, and clicking on one of them and then purchasing other things has the same effect. Thanks for your s … [Read more...]

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28: Acts 1-5

Today we begin something new that is neither here nor there. Acts is not a letter, like so much of the rest of the New Testament will be. But it’s not a gospel, like the first four books we’ve read. Luke makes clear that it’s a sequel of sorts to his gospel. "In the first book [i.e. Luke], Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning” Acts 1:1. Compare Luke 1:1ff- "Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled amo … [Read more...]

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27: Matt. 28:1-20, Luke 24, John 20-21, Mark 16.

Apologies for a short post on such an important section.I don't get out to Utah that often, but what I absolutely love is the concentration of thoughtful, intelligent, people who love to talk about scripture and history. I've been lucky enough to get tossed in with a few of these overlapping collections, both formal (seminars, conferences, including one I'm presenting at) and informal (lunches, study groups, etc.) One of these seminars has done a really good job bringing in international … [Read more...]

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 26: Matthew 26:47–27:26; Mark 14:43–72; Luke 22:47–71; John 18:1–27

Today's readings cover the events of Gethsemane, Jesus being brought before Pilate and a Jewish council, and other such well known events of the last days of Jesus.We'll pick up in  Matthew 26:50- And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. (KJV) Does Jesus mean it when he refers to Judas as "friend"? Is he making a point by using a term of address that contrasts with "brother," the usual form of address between the di … [Read more...]

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 25: Matthew 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:39–46. Also, BYU’s New Testament Commentary

Between a family reunion on the east coast, and a busy work week, I offer a few tidbits on today's readings.First, though, a note on my work. I'm at BYU for the summer working on their New Testament Commentary series, at the summer seminar. Many people don't know about either the series or the seminar. This project has been in the works for years and is just now coming to light. This is a formal, scholarly, confessional series of New Testament commentary. S. Kent Brown's volume on Luke is th … [Read more...]

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 24: John 16-17

Today's chapters continue Jesus' final sermon at the last supper, which uniquely extends to multiple chapters, only in John. These chapters have some puzzling statements, and are difficult to parse. I don't have any magic unifying interpretation, so I'll offer some specific points instead.In terms of structure, 16 still sounds like exposition or sermon, whereas 17 is known as the great intercessory prayer. Were they still in the upper room at that point? Had they gone somewhere? Note that … [Read more...]

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