Hebrew Idiom in the Gospels

David Biven demonstrates that the Greek of the New Testament contains several signs of a Semitic background. While this is not demonstrative of an actual Hebraic text behind any of the New Testament, it is a strong indicator that to some degree, a Semitic/Hebraic tradition (either oral or written) was in place by the time […]

The Bible in its High Context Setting

One fundamental aspect of biblical exegesis and interpretation that needs to be remembered is that the Bible is the product of high context Semitic cultures. What this means is that the Bible was produced by people who shared common cultural assumptions and tended to not explain or go into detail about shared cultural, ideological, and […]

David Stern on Hebrews 8:6

David Stern, in his Jewish New Testament Commentary, points out that the traditional translation of Hebrews 8:6 obscures a vital theological element. A typical modern translation of Hebrews 8:6 is: But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, […]