Powerful oath of the scrotum

As a kid in the schoolyard, I remember making promises to do something, or making an oath to reinforce what I said was absolutely true. One went like this: "Cross my heart, and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye." And if we got away with crossing our finger hidden behind our backs, …

Masoretic text possibly tampered with

Here's an interesting short YouTube video called: "Were the Pyramids Built Before the Flood? (Masoretic Text vs. Original Hebrew)." The vlogger Nathan Hoffman attempts to prove the theory that the Hebrew Masoretic text of the Old Testament was not just corrupted but intentionally tampered with. His theory makes a lot of sense.  (He has another …

Mark 5:19 – Be a witness first to our family, friends, or people?

A continuation of a further look at Mark 5:19 on the man who was exercised of a legion of demons and had them cast into a heard of pigs (swine). Did Jesus tell the healed man to return and give witness of Jesus Christ to his family, friends, or to his own people? Mark 5:19 …

Romans 13:1-7 — Should we resist ruthless regimes?

Still in today's world, we have ruthless totalitarian/authoritarian dictatorships and regimes who are bent on killing innocent people and committing genocide (e.g., Assad of Syria, and Kim Jong-Il (through indirect starvation)).  There are also  governments that might not be as bad but are yet marginally ruthless. The bible has been used by some Christians, like Mennonites, …

Is the New Testament reliable?

Is the New and Old Testament reliable?  This is a question that some Christians is challenged with but are not sure how to respond because we don't have the tools for a defense of the bible and theological apologetics.  To begin, here are some links to debates between Craig Evans (Acadia) and Bart Ehrman (UNC). …

The Bible and Social Justice

What does the bible have to say about social justice issues?  Many of us are not sure. We know it says something but it's not very clear to many of us. Understanding social justice from a biblical perspective is important because it affects our theology, our practice of theology, and how we treat others in …

Debate: Wallace vs Ehrman — “Can we trust the text of the New Testament?”

A great debate is coming up: Daniel B. Wallace vs Bart D. Ehrman Both biblical scholars--one conservative evangelical, the other, a former fundamentalist become liberal-atheist. Topic: "Can we trust the text of the New Testament?" Date: Oct. 1, 2011 Time: 7:00PM Place: Dallas, TX Sponsored by: Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (web: …

Were the tongues “distributed” or “divided” in Acts 2:3?

When I first read in Acts 2:3 about how the early Christians received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues (or glossolalia), I learned it from the KJV's rendering of "cloven tongues".  However, this is not necessarily an accurate picture of what may have happened in Acts 2:3.  Different translations differ in how they portray …

Exodus 22:8-9 “God” or “Judges”?

I think this will really bug some people as it bugs me.  It seems that Exodus 22:8-9 is clearly referring to judges but some translations like the NLT,  ESV, NRSV rendered elohim as "God"; but TNIV and CSB rendered elohim as "judges".  Yes, technically, "God" is correct; but it seems clear to me that elohim …

Luke 18:29 – Is TNIV gender-accurate?

Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother (NRSV) And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother (TNIV) Mark 10:29 there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father (NRSV) no one who has …

Bible Manuscripts and Translations

I found a ppt presentation about the upside of the Critical Texts.  It's fairly good and seems to be unbiased.  It doesn't even criticize the KJV as a bad bible.  Click here:Bible Manuscripts and Translations

John 6:27-51 Bread of life – Bultmann’s new order

After the editors get through with their higher critical analysis on a piece of text, they can really restructure the text so completely that it’s almost unrecognizable.  In the passage I’m reading on this week, scholar Rudolf Bultmann has another form that he thinks could be restructured in a more natural and logical order that …

Eph. 3:16-18 “I pray that…”

Ephesians 3:16 - 18: ESV: that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, NLT: I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. NRSV: I pray that, according to …

Ephesians 1:4-5 – Whose love are we talking about? Our love or God’s love?

In Ephesians 1:4-5, whose love is the writer of Ephesians talking about -- the love in God's child or the love of God? Notice that εν αγαπη (en agape) in the Greek NT is located at the end of v.4; however, en agape could also be placed at the start of a new sentence in …

Jer. 31:32 – Jeremiah’s play on words: Baal and husband

“not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 31:32, ESV).בעלתי (husband, master): The verb form of “husband” means to “marry.” …