John 4:4-26: The Samaritan Woman Part 1

Who knew Samaritans were idol worshipers and did not believe in the resurrection of the dead? In this post, I will briefly discuss Samaritan biblical history and the mutual tension with Jews. That background will provide a interesting backstory to the Samaritan woman story in the Gospel of John. The Assyrians moved colonists into the … Continue reading John 4:4-26: The Samaritan Woman Part 1

The Good News Of The Kingdom Of Heaven According To Habakkuk

The presence of holiness and righteousness in this world is difficult to discern at any given moment without faith. In fact, Holiness and righteousness abounds if you have the eyes to see it. I want to reflect on the words of the prophet Habakkuk. I believe he was very astute to see holiness through the … Continue reading The Good News Of The Kingdom Of Heaven According To Habakkuk

A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: The Conclusion Drawn From The Two Tabernacles. Part 7

A quick overview of Chapters 9&10: 9 discusses the two Divine Services of the earthly and heavenly tabernacles and their respective Covenants. The earthly sin offerings did not remove the problem of our sinful conscience in This World; sin which is still operating, I might add. But just as the first covenant was established in … Continue reading A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: The Conclusion Drawn From The Two Tabernacles. Part 7

A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: Why Two Tabernacles Instead Of Two Covenants? Part 6

The writer used the genre of midrash in Hebrews 8:6-8a, but also used biblical parallelism in crafting the words of verse 6. I discussed parallelism in part 2. In this post, I show how poetic parallelism offers a clear meaning and better follows the word order of the passage than the popular translations. νυνὶ δὲ … Continue reading A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: Why Two Tabernacles Instead Of Two Covenants? Part 6

A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: Why Two Tabernacles Instead Of Two Covenants? Part 5

In part 4, I said that all popular translations have read Hebrews 8:6-7 as referring to two covenants. I further showed the two covenants are generally understood as the Old Testament part of the Bible and the New Testament portion of the Bible. In this post, I will discuss why "tabernacles" makes more sense in … Continue reading A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: Why Two Tabernacles Instead Of Two Covenants? Part 5

A Series in Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators’ referring? Part 4

Every popular English translation of the Bible assume that 8:6 is rendering obsolete the Old Testament. They might protest and narrow it to the Old Testament sacrifices, or slightly more broadly, the Ritual laws pertaining to the Altar. But we know a tree by its fruit. The reality is that if you throw out the … Continue reading A Series in Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators’ referring? Part 4

A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators Referring? Part 3

In the previous post in this series, I focused on the literary device of parallelism. Parallelism heightens the imagery and sharpens the meaning of words. But the rabbis use midrash to flesh out new, relevant, contemporary meaning from the biblical texts. The writer of Hebrews used a midrashic method to deliver to the audience a … Continue reading A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators Referring? Part 3

A Series in Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators Referring? Part 2

In the previous post, I introduced the theological premise, supersessionism. Supersessionism is a theological principle that has been used for evil purposes. I also introduced a very important Jewish theological perspective for understanding creation, heaven, history, time and eschatology. In this post, I will discuss Jewish parallelism, and how it informs meaning when reading Jewish … Continue reading A Series in Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators Referring? Part 2

Midrash Tehillim 1:1: The Good Fellow, The Bad Fellow: Psalm 1:1

Whomever you choose for allies will give you counsel, but it is your heart's true intention that will be revealed by whomever you have chosen. It is the principle of Middah k'neged Middah, measure for measure. Bad fellows love to give bad counsel. A good fellow will love to give good counsel. Fortunate is the … Continue reading Midrash Tehillim 1:1: The Good Fellow, The Bad Fellow: Psalm 1:1