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After having addressed some theological issues regarding a Christian reading of the law, we can now consider some literary features of the law.
This topic raises a number of issues for the Christian reader of the Bible. How can we read the Old Testament law in a Christian way? Which of the laws are still applicable today, and which ones aren't? What is our warrant for this decision? Should we even be reading the law at all? After all, Jesus came to fulfill the law.
A majority of what we find in the Old Testament are stories. In fact, the narratives of the Old Testament are probably among the most well-known stories of all time. I would like to suggest, however, that we as modern readers are tempted to read these stories through the lens of our own time and … Continue reading How to read well: Old Testament Narratives
Since the book of Acts is frequently used to describe what today's local church and Christian experience should look like, I think it's beneficial to consider this book on its own.
It's happened to every reader of the Bible, especially to those who read the Old Testament. You're reading the text and all the sudden you come to a long list of names, and names, and names, and names. You're reading a genealogy. The difficulty with genealogies is that we are tempted to skip over them because they're boring. But what if, in fact, they play a vital part of the message of the book and the Bible as a whole?
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 38 See, your house is left to youdesolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” After lamenting the religiosity of the establishment and the impending judgment of God over the sin of his people, Jesus laments over the people of the city. One is reminded of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. What is striking is the metaphor Jesus uses to talk about what he offered Israel: the … Continue reading Words about verses: Matthew 23:37-39
In the first post relating to the New Testament letters, I laid out some principles for grasping the overall message and structure of the letter. To further illustrate this, let's conduct a brief and exemplary case study just so we get a better idea of how these principles can flesh out when reading the text. … Continue reading How to read well: NT Letters #2: A Case Study
Of the 27 books that make up the Protestant New Testament Canon, 21 are letters, at least two other books contain letters (Acts, Revelation). Some letters were written primarily to a particular congregation, others were addressed to individuals, and still others seem to address groups of churches or the church universal. Since letters vary greatly in style, length, the flow of argument and the literary devices, are there certain principles that can help us read any NT letter? The good news is: Yes!
Christians throughout the centuries have always loved the Pauline teachings on Justification. Hearing that man is justified by faith alone and not by works is a liberating, powerful and transforming truth. It truly is the very power of God. Say we were to read the NT letters starting in Romans, we would rejoice that we … Continue reading James vs. Paul