The Environment of the New Testament Era

The cognitive and exegetical environment of the 2nd Temple/New Testament era is far more diverse and far different than most biblical readers understand. Relative to the expectations and assumptions of modern readers, the various New Testament authors often utilized creative readings, and even at times deliberate alteration of the text in order to support their […]

Dr. John Walton on the Ancient Near East

Dr. John Walton presents a synopsis of the role of understanding the world of the Ancient Near East when working to exegete and understand scripture. Understanding the way the ancient Hebrews, Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, etc… thought, organized their societies, used language, and built relationships provides critical background information that helps us to understand the […]

Marvin Wilson on Scripture vs Theology

Marvin Wilson, in Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage,¬†shares some profound insight into the distinction between scripture and theology and why theological pursuits must remain firmly grounded in the text, and the text must remain firmly grounded in its historical and grammatical context: Scripture is divine revelation, uniquely inspired by God’s spirit. As the Word of God, […]

The Paradox of Freedom

Has any topic consumed theologians and philosophers more than the nature of free will? What is the will? What does it mean to be free? How does human freedom and moral responsibility coexist with the sovereignty of God? Certainly, no topic has more divided theologians, philosophers, and believers than the nature of free will. Augustine […]

A Different Kind of Symphony

Scripture is a brilliant symphony about the redemption of a broken world and of sinful people, but what if the musicians and instruments telling the story are using a different kind of “music” than what we assume? What if we’re so used to listening to and analyzing one particular kind of music that we don’t […]