Mt. Carmel is an important site, both in terms of the OT and probably in terms of the NT. This is the mount which according to tradition Elijah had his victory over the prophets of Baal (see statue above next to the Carmelite monastery). It is possible that this, and not Mt. Hermon or Mt. Gilboa was the mount of Transfiguration. Indeed, I would say its more likely this hill, since this is by tradition the hill where Elijah had… Read more

Why do people make pilgrimages to Israel? Do they think God is more present in Israel than in other lands? Do they think they need to make such a trip to get closer to Jesus? Why do already baptized people want to be rebaptized in the Jordan? Doubtless, there are lots of different reasons Christians go to Israel, and most of them don’t go just because they got a good deal on a ‘tour’. Touring is one thing, a pilgrimage… Read more

There are good movies that come and go in the theaters without a lot of fanfare, while other dogs remain barking for weeks in the same theaters. There is no accounting for taste when it comes to some folks. Stuck on a ten hour flight from Istanbul to NY a week or so ago, I watched three movies to pass the time—: 1) Nebraska; 2) Grudge Match; 3) Ruby Sparks. The first and last of these movies received considerable acclaim,… Read more

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After all the wars are over, And all the battles won, After all the blood’s been spilt, From here to kingdom come, Do you think it really mattered In the larger scheme of things That this nation took the prize Or that one got no rings? So what if one lasts longer Outlasting all their foes While another bites the dust And sooner tastes the woes. All empires rise and fall Not one endures forever Every nation has a life… Read more

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I was minding my own business when I got an email from Germany from one Jochen Froelich. Seems that 30 years ago he went to a flea market, to a bookstall, and bought two old commentaries by Martin Luther which were translated into English in 1635 and 1637 (the one on the Psalms being the later one). Mr. Froelich decided to do a Google search on the Witherington name and came up with me. He wrote to ask if my… Read more

It would appear that during the summer movie season, especially with sci fi movies continually being churned out, that Orthodox priests have been infected with the Star Trek disease. Read more

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Ahh Keenland, where you see beautiful graceful horses, lots of frantic bettors, and ladies in hats that normally would be called Easter bonnets. But this is the last week of the Spring horse races at Keenland, and so I took my wife Ann and her sister Elaine out for a day at the races. There was also a pretty good spread in the Lexington Room on the fourth floor where we sat and watched the races on a somewhat rainy… Read more

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