An Unusual Instance of Potty Mouth

The three satans (adversaries) raised by God against Solomon in 1 Ki 11:14-40 are filled with echoes of some of the OT’s most famous characters. Hadad (vv. 14-22) sounds like Joseph and Moses, while Rezon’s career as an outlaw king (vv. 23-25) who fled from his master reprises David’s early career. The most complete set of allusions, however, are reserved for the rise of Jeroboam (vv.26-40). … [Read more...]

Kristen Cox: BYU and Md

Shout out to the 'Nacle and particularly the Nacle's feminists. Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich (R) has selected Ms. Kristen Cox as his running mate to replace Lt. Governor Mike Steele who now is running for the U.S. Senate.Why should the Nacle care? Ms. Cox is a 1995 graduate of BYU with a B.A. in educational psychology; certificate in special education. Oh yeah. One more thing: Ms. Cox is legally blind. … [Read more...]

“My Heavenly Father”

“That’s not what my Father in Heaven would do,” said the older gentleman in the second row. He was a first-time visitor, the step-father of a young lady who teaches her own Sunday School class, and we were about thirty minutes into the lesson when he spoke up. … [Read more...]

The Word We’re Looking For is “Rape.”

The GD lesson manual makes the following comment regarding the story of Amnon and Tamar:2 Samuel 13 contains the story of David’s son Amnon and David’s daughter Tamar. Amnon was attracted to Tamar and forced her to commit fornication with him (p. 116)Forced her to commit fornication? … [Read more...]

A Superior Sacrifice: Hebrews

The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews also approaches the reason for Christ in terms of his superiority to the law. The nature of this superiority, however, is radically different from that of the Fourth Gospel. … [Read more...]

A Gift in Place of a Gift: the Fourth Gospel

The question of “why Christ” is neither obvious nor uninteresting. The lack of an answer that withstands the passage of time suggests that this information is not really a practical necessity. On the other hand, it is a good exercise in the importance of context, and particularly historical context, in theology and biblical studies. To the NT authors who wrote on this subject, the issue was usually framed against the requirements of their own age. Put bluntly, the law was given by God. So w … [Read more...]

Who are the “spirits in prison?”

FaithHopeLove, who is more covert than emeritus these days, asked about the identity of the spirits in 1 Pet 3:18-20:18 For Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the spirit. 19 In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, 20 who had once been disobedient while God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the arkFirst, note that … [Read more...]

Translating “666″

Well, it's June 6, 2006. The rest of the world is running around trying to calculate the number of the beast, but I want to ask a different question.How do you translate this number into a language spoken by folks who use only the digits "one" and "two," or perhaps just "one" and then an expression for "many?" … [Read more...]