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Acts 20:1-5 – The “Collection for the Saints”

Paul leaves Ephesus with the intention of returning to Jerusalem for the purpose of delivering the collection to the Jerusalem church at Pentecost. …

Review: Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship

How should we read the Bible? Interpret obtuse texts with the clear texts? Should the Scripture interpret me alone? Those are helpful methods, but …

Theology

Apocalypse of Abraham

Dating the <i>Apocalypse of Abraham</i> is difficult due to the lack of concrete historical references in the book. It refers to the destruction of the …

Theology

Book Review: Richard B. Hays and Stefan Alkier, eds. Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation

<b>Hays, Richard B. and Stefan Alkier, eds. Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2015.</b> <b>239 pp.; Hb.;</b> …

Theology

The Greek Apocalypse of Baruch (3 Baruch)

<i>3 Baruch</i> was originally a Greek work but is also known in Slavonic translation. It is possible the book is mentioned in Origen’s <i>De principiis</i> 2.3.6. …

Theology

The Scope and Shape of the Watchers Myth in Antiquity

Summer Series: (More) Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

In the summer of 2016 I began a long series on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. I made about 75 points from May 18 through September 6 (when my fall …

Theology

Copying Early Christian Texts

<b>Alan Mugridge. Copying Early Christian Texts: A Study of Scribal Practice. WUNT 362. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016. xx + 558 pages. ISBN:</b> …

Theology

Book Review: Crucifixion of the Warrior God by Dr. Greg A. Boyd. Published by Fortress Press.

Renowned pastor-theologian and author Dr. Gregory A. Boyd has finally released his highly acclaimed <i>Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Interpreting the</i> …

Theology

Book Review: Markus Bockmuehl, Ancient Apocryphal Gospels

<b>Bockmuehl, Markus. Ancient Apocryphal Gospels. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2017. 344 pp.; Hb.; $40.00</b> <b>Link to Westminster</b><p>This new contribution …

Theology

Gospel of John and the “Other Disciples” – Thomas

Thomas has an unfortunate nickname – doubting Thomas. Most people have heard the phrase even if they have no idea where it came from. This nickname …

Book Review: Douglas Connelly, Seven Letters to Seven Churches

<b>Connelly, Douglas. Seven Letters to Seven Churches. Lifeguide® Bible Studies.</b> <b>Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2017. Pb; 64 pp; $9</b> <b>Link to …

Theology

Book Review: Abraham Kuyper, Wisdom and Wonder

Kuyper, Abraham. <i>Wisdom and Wonder: Common Grace in Sciences and Art</i>. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Christian’s Library Press, 2011. 191 p. $14.99, pb.<p>I …

A New Oxyrhynchus Christian Papyrus and a Neglected Parallel from the Michigan Collection

I here want to draw attention to the fact that a variant of this “cross hymn” is found in another, earlier Greek papyrus fragment housed at Michigan. …

Theology

Israel Trips

I have been blessed to lead seven trips to Israel since May of 2005. This page collects all of my blog posts from my tours of Israel, Jordan, and …

Israel

Book Review: Susan S. Phillips, The Cultivated Life

<b>Phillips, Susan S. The Cultivated Life: From Ceaseless Striving to Receiving Joy. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2015. Link to IVP</b><p>Susan Phillips …

Theology

The Long Road Home

The last day of our Israel trip began with a 5:00 AM wake-up call in order to catch our 10:00 AM Turkish Airlines flight. We were to land in Chicago …

Theology

Slouching towards Bethlehem

Today is our last full day in Israel, tomorrow we fly out at 10am and arrive back at Grace Bible College around 10pm. The flight times are longer …

Theology

Hiking at En-Gedi

Our second-to-the-last day in Israel began at En-Gedi, where David hid from King Saul in a cave (1 Samuel 24). This is one of the more beautiful …

Theology

Mamshit, Arad and Masada

Since we are staying at Tamar we needed to leave at 8 AM to travel north to our three sites for the day. The first, Mamshit, was a Nabatean trading …

Archaeology

Swimming in the Red Sea

Not too much to report today. Every tour has a necessary travel day, in this case we left Petra about 8:30 and drove to the Arava Border crossing to …

Theology

Hiking at Petra

Today was our big walk through Petra. Because our hotel is right next to the entrance, we were able to leave at 9 AM and walk over to the visitor …

Theology

Crossing the Jordan to Visit Jordan

We left the hotel early in order to cross the border to Jordan. This was relatively painless although it took much longer than anticipated. Moving 35 …

Theology

Following Jesus in Galilee

The tour today focused on sites in the Jesus sits in Galilee. We left about 8 AM and made a stop at Yardenet, the pilgrim baptism site on the Jordan …

Archaeology

Caesarea, Bet She’an and The Sea of Galilee

Our goal was to leave Jerusalem at 8 o’clock sharp this morning, but that did not happen since a pair of students oversleep and unfortunately leave …

From the Mount of Olives and across the Kidron

After a lighter walking day yesterday, we started at the Mount of Olives with the goal of walking across the Kidron Valley, up to the City of David, …

Archaeology

A Day at the Museums

After the long walking day yesterday the group was more than happy to visit two excellent museums in Jerusalem. First, we visited the Yad VaShem, the …

Theology

Beginning from Jerusalem

This was our first full day in Jerusalem. After a short walk from our hotel we visited the Garden Tomb. As always this was an early highlight for …

Archaeology

Race & Place (David Leong) -- A Review

<b>RACE & PLACE: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation.</b> By David P. Leong. Foreword by Soong-Chan Rah. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, …

Cities