Concordia Lutheran Seminary has recently hosted a series on the History of the Bible: From Manuscripts to Modern Translations, March 2-23. The speaker is Dr. Jeffrey Kloha, also Chief Curator at the Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C. Thanks Concordia for putting this online. Click links below for the nine parts: week1 part 1, week1… Read More History of the Bible series
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,… Read More Powerful oath of the scrotum
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… Read More Masoretic text possibly tampered with
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… Read More Mark 5:19 – Be a witness first to our family, friends, or people?
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,… Read More Romans 13:1-7 — Should we resist ruthless regimes?
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).… Read More Is the New Testament reliable?
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… Read More The Bible and Social Justice
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:… Read More Debate: Wallace vs Ehrman — “Can we trust the text of the New Testament?”
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… Read More Were the tongues “distributed” or “divided” in Acts 2:3?
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… Read More Exodus 22:8-9 “God” or “Judges”?