Gospel Doctrine Lesson 43: Ezekiel 18, 34, 37.

Parental Advisotry

Up until this point, prophets have largely been northern or southern. Ezekiel is the first of the classical prophets to be prophesying in Babylon. Ezekiel is a priest, or was, before he was forcibly removed to Babylon at age 25, in c. 597/6 BCE.  After being in Babylon five years, Ezekiel receives his calling as a prophet to preach to the exiles, and the temple is destroyed roughly five years later (587/6 BCE). Ezekiel records it in chapter 24. In the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the t … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 42: Jeremiah 16, 23, 29, 31

We continue our scattered reading of Jeremiah. I'll be sequential this time. … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 41: Jeremiah 1-2; 15; 20;26; 36-38

What's left of Shiloh, on the ground

Jeremiah! The man, the book, the bullfrog...We know more about Jeremiah than any other Old Testament prophet, because for reasons unknown, much more biographical information is included. First, though, the setting. We are now in Jerusalem, c. 625 BCE. Josiah the reformer has been on the throne for 15 years. Israel is technically an Assyrian vassal, but under the direct administrative control of Egypt. Lehi is either at his Jerusalem residence or north of Jerusalem at his ancestral home. We … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 40- Isaiah 54-56, 63-65

Today we come to the last of our Isaiah lessons. These chapters cover a variety of topics, and I'm going to jump between a few of them. … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 39: Isaiah 50-53

Gustav Doré's Destruction of Leviathan

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


 (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

My bookshelf

( 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...]