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 […]

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 […]

David Biven on Luke 15 and Matthew 28

David Biven of Jerusalem Perspective shares a quick video regarding Hebraic idioms found in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew, covering the parable of the Prodigal Son and Matthew’s resurrection account. How does it impact our reading of the Gospels, if we consider that the underlying Greek of the text may not convey the entirety of its […]

Luke 5 – Days of Wine and Wineskins

The end of the fifth chapter of Luke’s gospel presents a parable from Jesus that historically has been subject to a variety of interpretations, many of them reflecting a supercessionist bias. Let’s see what the text says and what exegetical evidence other Jewish literature can provide. [The Pharisees] said to him, “The disciples of John […]