Category Archives: Old Testament Studies

Breaking Bad, Legos, and Passover Why I'm Passing on the Passover Story 2 February 18

Breaking Bad, Legos, and Passover: Why I’m Passing on the Passover Story

I watched two pretty great things this weekend. One was the finale of Breaking Bad. The other was the Lego movie. I’ll let you guess which one of these I watched with my four and six year old children. You get three guesses and the first two don’t count. You see, even though some of […]

1.9.14 3 January 09

Onan’s Wasted Seed

I’m doing a study in Genesis with a group at my church and got an opportunity to share on one of my pet peeves this week. It’s found in Chapter 38, and talks about wasting “seed.” Judah went on the town and got a couple of wives, had sons and then got wives for his […]

1.9.14 2 January 07

When Did God Become GOD?

There is a common assumption that because we received all knowledge about God through the Hebrew Scriptures then those ancient Israelites were always monotheistic. We see in our Old Testament pages a cut and dry story of One God revealing Himself to people who recognized exactly who He was, but willingly rebelled. But is this […]

1144 June 18

My Brother’s Keeper

What was the real reason God preferred Abel’s offering? The text doesn’t tell us for certain though many believe it is a tithing issue. Cain “brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground.” Abel “brought of the firstlings of his flock and their fat portions.” Some see this as “Abel brought […]

887 June 13

The Bible and Homosexuality

I address this topic with great hesitancy. It’s not easy. I am hesitant because I really hate to highlight one behavior as this sort of “more-than” or “other-than” sin that is not related to the overall broken state of humanity. But I continue because I think there is something here that is really killing us. […]

101 June 11

Reply to “Born that Way?” by Esther May Moore

In a recent post at One Theology, Esther May Moore offered “biblical, historical and biologically based information that challenged the traditional Christian prohibition of homosexual intercourse. Specifically, she suggested four arguments against it, the first two having to do with history and the Bible, and the last two having to do with biology. The use […]

101 February 20

Don’t Touch My Junk! Reflections On Genesis 47:29

Genesis 47:29 offers one of the best examples of why knowledge of historical and cultural backgrounds helps readers of the Bible avoid (sometimes serious!) misunderstandings.  I mean, imagine if you went to buy a car, and instead of asking for your credit information, the salesman asked you to put your hand under his thigh, well […]

808 February 19

Ye Olde Theology Blog: Dating Language and the Road to Source Criticism.

Whenever I want to sound fancy and old, I put on my monocle and start using “ye” in all of my sentences. Because Ye is the old timey way of saying “the” right? Well, not exactly. The y in Ye is actually a substitute for the Old English letter thorn þ, which makes the “th” […]

102 February 18

“The Old Testament does not apply to Christians.”

This sad perception has prompted me to give a response. The power of the Old Testament Law has lost its power to condemn to death, those who live in Jesus Christ. However, the Law has not lost its merit or worth. It is alive and active just as much today as it was before Christ’s […]

1188 February 04

How to Train Your Dragon: Hebrew Bible Edition

So YouTube user Nathan83 has already done a phenomenal job at answering the question about how we find unicorns in the Bible, but what about dragons? Well, that is a little more complicated, but it also has bearing on something Christians are talking a lot about nowadays: creation stories. See, we are all familiar with […]

1122 February 01

Seeking Security or Building a Legacy, Is God Plan B?

This week I’m reading a book entitled Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament Israel. By providing a history-reader flow to the Old Testament narrative of Jewish national development, and combining the Scriptural witness with extra-biblical sources, Merrill gives the reader an easy to follow interpretation of this turbulent era. The focus on dates […]

55625 January 27

Jacob and Esau: The Showdown

Jacob’s life is truly a paragon of the gospel.  Though not the first, he is certainly an early pioneer “sheep” extracted from a world of wandering “goats.”  As we meet him in Genesis 32, he is standing on the frontier of the land promised to his grandfather Abraham. To this point, his life has been […]

1177 January 18

Divine Leg Locks and Demythologized Folklore

If I were writing this blog 15 years ago when I was first introduced to jiu-jitsu, no one would know what a leg lock was. For that matter, no one would know what a blog was. But now little old ladies talk about the UFC over their morning coffee, and a quick YouTube search will […]

1008 January 09

Got $15? If So, You too Can Rape an Unbetrothed Virgin

In a March 15, 2012 article on FoxNews, the Associated Press reported on a particularly disturbing story about a young Moroccan girl who was forced to marry her rapist, and commits suicide as a result.[1] The article states that, “In many parts of the Middle East, there is a tradition whereby a rapist can escape […]

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