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Archaeology confirms not disproves the Bible

Two recent articles caught me on this subject. First is recent discoveries about the location of Bethsaida. Regarding the geographical setting of Bethsaida itself, one historical detail does come to mind that is underscored by its geographical setting, the area our team is exploring right now. When Jesus heard that John had been killed by Herod Antipas (Mark 6:14–29), he withdrew to the other side to Bethsaida (Mark 6:45). This withdrawal to Bethsaida had geopolitical significance. Bethsaida was under the legal jurisdiction of Herod Philip not Antipas. Herod Antipas had…

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Bringing a Tent Peg to a Sword Fight

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. This is a brilliant article by Andrew Wilson over at Christianity Today. In the first Battle of Armageddon, the enemy commander was killed with camping equipment. Speculation about the next round has been the stuff of bestselling books and blockbuster movies, replete with speculation about a world government, flying locust-scorpion warships, bar codes, conspiracies, the EU, nuclear weapons,…

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What the Bible Says About Itself—Book by Book

At the beginning of May I saw this post by Jared Wilson about the Bible. What God says about his Word is a deep, complex, and staggering thing. And each book of the written Word testifies to the wonder of his revelation. I decided to take a look, book by book, selecting a representative passage from each to highlight many of the things God’s word says about God’s words. The Word of God is . . . And then he proceeds to work through every book of the Bible. It’s…

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The Curiosity Index (20.06.2019)

The Most Epic Bible Study of All Time The disciples were baffled that this mysterious man hadn’t heard of all that had happened in Jerusalem. As readers, we’re baffled they can’t see whom they’re speaking with! In mercy, Jesus opened the Scriptures and began what must have been the most epic Bible study of all time, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself”(Luke 24:27). Let’s imagine what he may have said. Did you know there are unicorns in the Bible? I’m…

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The art of translation

This article in The Economist doesn’t have the Bible in view at all but it does shed some interesting light on the process of translation. Mr Hahn agrees that the idea of total fidelity to the original text is impossible. “I don’t think there’s any question that we want to be faithful,” he says, but “the question is what we are choosing to be faithful to. Sometimes you’re being faithful to the spirit of the book in ways that are quite profound and subtle and have very little to do…

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The Curiosity Index (27.05.2019)

Real Raisings from the Dead or Fake News? This is an excellent article from Craig Keener. Not every claim to a miraculous raising today is authentic. Everywhere in the world, most people who die stay dead. Even those resuscitated miraculously, such as Lazarus, die again; all healing in our mortal bodies is by definition temporary. Such miracles do, however, remind us that Jesus Christ, who raised the dead during his earthly ministry, is the risen and exalted Lord. Sometimes he continues to grant signs of the future, reminders of the…

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Hosea: A personal reflection

This is part of a series of guest posts by Kate Almström offering some personal reflection on the minor prophets. Kate is a teacher and one of the leaders of the women’s ministry in Grace Church. Originally from the Highlands of Scotland she lives in Stockholm with her husband & 3 sons. I understand why it is a little read book. It is hard to follow and also it speaks about characteristics of God and mankind that many would choose to ignore. It speaks about mankind’s addiction to sin and God’s anger at them but throughout the whole book there is a compassion and gentleness…

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Introducing: Hosea

Hosea is a tough book and in many ways a shocking book, it’s grimy, grubby, and hard to understand. Longman & Dillard say, Chapters 4-14 are among the most difficult in the entire Bible. Andersen & Freedman’s comment that Hosea ‘competes with Job for the distinction of containing more unintelligible passages than any other book of the Hebrew Bible’ certainly rings true for this section of the book. An Introduction to the Old Testament by Longman & Dillard p397 Hosea has also been accused of being ‘irredeemably misogynist’ and yet, and yet persevere and you see…

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