Some good groundrules to keep in mind whenever you study the Old Testament. From New Wineskins………………
John wrote his Gospel with a specific plan in mind to illustrate how Jesus was and is the Son of God. And one of those plans wass to focus on seven “sign” miracles that Jesus performed to show His deity. Some good insights from Place for Truth…………
Lately, my readings and studies have led me to discover more about “honor and shame” cultures, and how most of the world lives in such cultures. In fact, ancient Near East cultures were honor and shame cultures. Thus, here is a short but informative article by Australian (thus the weird spelling of “honour”!!) pastor and blogger Simon van Bruchem. From Written for Our Instruction………………….
Jesus did indeed come to bring peace; but it was not for everyone, and it was not what was expected. Find out what this means in this article from Knowable Word………………….
Through the resources of great Bible teachers and scholars, I have developed a greater appreciation for the importance of context when interpreting any passage of Scripture. Here is a good example from Knowable Word………………
This article provides a great overview of this often overlooked book of the Old Testament. From Crosswalk.com…….
This is one for us theology nerds! Romans 7 has been a controversial portion of the New Testament for a long while, and will probably not be settled on this side of eternity. Yet, it has an important message. So, here is one viewpoint (and one which I agree with) on how to interpret Paul’s message in that chapter. From Southern Equip………….
Knowable Word is a great site with a lot of good info on understanding our Bibles better.
If you have ever wondered (like me) what this teaching from the Sermon on the Mount really means, here is a good explanation! From Church Grammar………………….
READING THE BIBLE WITH RABBI JESUS by Lois Tverberg is another addition to her fine series on using insights from Jewish and 1st Century AD Middle Eastern life for modern readers to better understand the Bible. This particular book focuses on the Old Testament — which, of course, was the Bible for all Jews in the time of Jesus — and how Jesus would have read and interpreted what was written in those texts that were already over 1000 years old by the time He arrived on the scene.
As in other books she has written, Tverberg first helps the reader to understand that the Greco-Roman culture that gave rise to European and then North American culture and soceity is really very different from the worldview of the ancient Israelites, as well as Jesus and His disciples. She shows how this is important in examples like the word “walk.” In Greek and English, it simply means to travel by foot, but in Hebrew the way one “walks” reflects your moral character. Then, Part Three, the author uses the foundation built up by the previous sections to bring greater clarity and insight to various familiar passages and parts of the Old Testament.
Since very few believers will ever travel to Israel or learn biblical Hebrew, Tverberg provides an invaluable service to Christian readers who want to better appreciate the Old Testament, so that it truly is the source of information about God’s holiness, grace and love that it is meant to be. Highly recommended!