Can You HEAR the Bible?

One of the often ignored but undeniable features of biblical literature is its oral nature.  Harvey writes (Listening to the Text, 1), “The popular culture of the first century was, technically, a rhetorical culture. In a rhetorical culture, literacy is limited, and reading is vocal [see Deuteronomy 31:10-11; Colossians 4:16; 1 Timothy 4:13]. Even the solitary reader reads…… Continue reading Can You HEAR the Bible?

A Hanging Nominative?

John 1:12 in the New American Standard Bible reads, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” The relative clause “as many as received Him,” grammatically a nominative plural clause and that is expected to function as the subject…… Continue reading A Hanging Nominative?

Jesus Christ–The Glory

James 2:1 “My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism” (NASB). “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism” (NIV). “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory”…… Continue reading Jesus Christ–The Glory

The Two Words for Love in John 21:15-17

The verbal interchange between Jesus and Peter found in John 21:15-17 undoubtedly served as a catharsis for Peter’s threefold denial at Jesus’ trial. It also demonstrates Jesus’ characterization of Peter as a “rock.” Unfortunately, however, the English translators and preachers of this text either hide or interpret unfavorably Peter’s responses to Jesus’ questions. The issue…… Continue reading The Two Words for Love in John 21:15-17

Goat’s Milk and the Christian

Occasionally I hear someone say they belong to a “New Testament Church.” The speaker usually means that the New Testament and not the Old Testament is their standard for faith and practice. Such a statement has both true and false implications. True–the New Testament teaches the beginnings, theology and practice of the Church. False–the New…… Continue reading Goat’s Milk and the Christian

“Scripture Interprets Scripture”–Sometimes

Parallel passages are helpful to the Bible interpreter (1) for assessing the background of a passage, (2) for providing fuller treatment of an event or discussion, and (3) for clarifying difficult passages. They also can become pathways to erroneous interpretations if the interpreter is careless. Proper use of parallels must include: (1) historical accuracy, (2)…… Continue reading “Scripture Interprets Scripture”–Sometimes