The Bible (TL;DR Version)

GENESIS God: All right, you two, don't do the one thing. Other than that, have fun. Adam & Eve: Okay. Satan: You should do the thing. Adam & Eve: Okay. God: What happened!? Adam & Eve: We did the thing. God: Guys THE REST OF THE OLD TESTAMENT God: You are my people, and you [Read More...]

Targum Neofiti Online

Via Ancient World Online, I learned that the Vatican Library has put Targum Neofiti online! If you are not familiar with them, the Targumim are Aramaic paraphrases of the Bible, which provide important insights into how ancient Jews understood their Scriptures.   [Read more...]

Joel Osteen 2:25?

Via Zack Hunt on Facebook. Not sure what happened here, but the first panel is definitely not even a paraphrase of Joel 2:25. But it is a real meme – I found the “quote” online. Does it sound like it might be from a different Joel?   [Read more...]

Romans Paraphrases Galore

I need to get back to my project of paraphrasing Romans to give modern Christian readers a sense of the impact Paul’s words would have had in his time, before there was a label “Christian” and when “the people of God” meant Jews or Israelites. In the mean time, I recently learned that Judy Stack-Nelson [Read More...]

1 Students 13

I thought I should turn the paraphrase, or rather reworking, or 1 Corinthians 13 that I shared in my previous post into an image. Feel free to share it with students and educators you may know! [Read more...]

Retelling Romans 3:21-31

And now, God’s justice has been manifested apart from the Bible (though the Bible testifies to it): God’s justice through the faithfulness of Christ Jesus to all who trust. For there is no distinction: since all have sinned and lack God’s glory, all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption accomplished in Christ [Read More...]

Retelling Romans 3:1-20

So what then is the advantage of being a Christian? What value is there in being part of this group? Much – in every respect. First of all, Christians have been entrusted with teachings inspired by God. Then what happens if some of them are not faithful to God? Their faithlessness doesn’t nullify God’s faithfulness, [Read More...]

Retelling Romans 2:17-29

So you call yourself a Christian, and rely on the Bible, and boast in God, knowing God’s will and discerning what really matters because you’ve received Biblical instruction, being confident in your own ability to be a guide to the blind and a light to those in darkness, an educator of the foolish and teacher [Read More...]

Retelling Romans 1:18-2:16

“God’s anger is being poured out from heaven on all the godlessness and injustice of those┬ápeople who, in their wickedness, suppress the truth. Because that which can be known about God is known to them – God has made it known! From the creation of the cosmos, God’s invisible aspects (God’s everlasting power and divinity) [Read More...]

Retelling Romans 1:1-7

To all God’s people in Rome, who are loved by God and called and sanctified, Grace to you and peace, from God our Father and Jesus his appointed king. Let me introduce myself. I am Paul – enslaved by Jesus the divinely-appointed king, and called to be an emissary of God’s good news. You’ve heard [Read More...]

Retelling Romans: Introduction

I have long said I wanted to write a “blogmentary” (blog commentary) on Romans. I think what I really wanted to do, above all else, is try┬áretelling Paul’s letter to the Romans so that it can be heard afresh by a modern Christian audience. One big challenge for Christian readers of the Bible is the [Read More...]


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