New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 22: Matthew 25

A short commentary tonight, which I'll try to update later this week.Matthew 25 is part and parcel of Matthew 24, with two parables further illustrating Jesus' eschatological themes. (Remember that our biblical chapter and verse divisions are medieval and somewhat artificial, not part of the original text. See here. The oldest divisions in the text are marked in the KJV by the ❡ or paragraph marker.) … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 21: Matthew 24 + JST Matthew 24

not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down...

Today covers only one chapter, an interesting one. Known sometimes as the Olivet Discourse (because it's given on the Mount of Olives) or the Little Apocalypse (because Gr. apokalypsis is the word for "revelation." The Book of Revelation would be the "big" revelation/apocalypse, and Matthew 24-25 is the little one.) Several things are of interest.  … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 20: Matt 21:1-11, 23-46; 23; John 12:1-8

From Logos/Faithlife.

We're getting into the last week of Jesus' life. Since it was on sale, I picked up The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus Final Days in Jerusalem, which follows Jesus through his last week, with particular focus on Mark's Gospel (the earliest of the four.) I'll quote from it a bit in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Eric Huntsman has a chronology of the last week of Jesus' life here. … [Read more...]

Short Gospel Doctrine Lesson 19 and Book Review of The New Testament Made Harder

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I've gotten behind, due to some unanticipated red-eye travel cross-country, spontaneous camping in Nauvoo with extended family, intensive home-improvement-on-a-tight-deadline, etc. I'll try to catch up by taking a page out of a new book. I've received a review copy of James Faulconer's The New Testament Made Harder- Scripture Study Questions. Faulconer is a philosophy professor at BYU, who previously wrote Scripture Study: Tools and Suggestions (Amazon, Maxwell Institute) and a lot of other th … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 18: Luke 15

Today we're covering less territory. In fact, we can focus entirely on one chapter. What’s the setting? A stereotypical collection of tax collectors and sinners on one side, scribes and pharisees on the other.  The second group criticizes Jesus for associating with the first group. Jesus responds to them with three parables. … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 17 (Updated)

All about the Benjamin?

Today's lesson covers a grab-bag of parables, many about money. Before getting to them though... … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16: John 9-10 (Updated)

The uncovered pool of Siloam, looking west.

Two chapters of John today. … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 15: John 7-8

Bits and pieces this week. … [Read more...]