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Nov
15
Thayer Thursday – Translations

Thayer Thursday – Translations

“So as you can imagine, this has caused many to wonder why the Gospel of John varies the Greek word used for “love.” Many Bible teachers have extrapolated from this variation in language that Jesus’s use of the term “agapao” is meant to convey a ‘true’ or ‘deep’ love. Peter, on the other hand responds that he simply ‘loves’ Jesus (not ‘truly’ or ‘deeply’).”

Nov
6
A different look at the story of Noah and the flood

A different look at the story of Noah and the flood

“Here is the rough, somewhat woodenly-literal translation I put together which seeks to leave the ambiguities of the text in place for the reader to wrestle with, and also leaves untranslated various Hebrew terms which are found particularly in the Creation narratives or which can be interpreted in more than one way.”

Oct
29

My REVEAL course audio downloads (weeks 1&2)

“The first two weeks’ audio recording are now available to listen to streaming or to download. They are both free of charge, so if you wanted to take the course but couldn’t be there this time around, you can follow along on via the magic of MP3!”

Oct
21
The job description of “Messiah”

The job description of “Messiah”

For many Christians, the term Messiah[1] is synonymous with who Jesus was and what He did. On this side of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus – our understanding of Messiah is inextricably linked with Jesus and all that comes with Him. So when we read a passage such as Mark 8:27-34, we are […]

Aug
15
Thayer Thursday – What is the role of the Old Testament for Christians?

Thayer Thursday – What is the role of the Old Testament for Christians?

“A central and confusing teaching of the New Testament is that through the death & resurrection of Jesus on the cross, we are no longer supervised by, or required to observe the Old Covenant Laws…”

Aug
8
Thayer Thursday – Drunk, Naked Noah

Thayer Thursday – Drunk, Naked Noah

“Well, if you were to open your Bible and read Genesis 9:18-27, you would encounter an extremely odd section of scripture. Noah gets drunk, falls asleep in his tent, his son Ham sees him & mischievously goes out and tells his brothers about it. When Noah finds out what Ham did, he curses his grandson (Ham’s son Canaan) – a curse which has reverberations throughout most of the Old Testament as the Israelites eventually settle in the land of Canaan.”

May
31
Thayer Thursday (on Friday!) – Herod, Herod and Pilate

Thayer Thursday (on Friday!) – Herod, Herod and Pilate

“We didn’t live 2000 years ago. The political climate is largely unknown to us without studying it. However, to the readers and hearers of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John this information was common knowledge. Therefore, the authors didn’t need to include much of this material in their letters. Fortunately for us, great scholars have given us the context of the time period when Jesus was crucified which helps explain who Pontius Pilate was.”

Apr
11
Thayer Thursday – Bible background is crucial

Thayer Thursday – Bible background is crucial

As I’ve taught about how to understand scripture in context over the past several years I’ve noticed that in many ways it’s easier to do this with the New Testament. Even though we’re almost 2,000 years removed from the time of the New Testament, we’re much more familiar with 1st century culture and history (the […]

Mar
21
Thayer Thursday – Why is John 8.1-11 in our Bibles??

Thayer Thursday – Why is John 8.1-11 in our Bibles??

Previously, in Thayer’s Thoughts, we’ve seen that the Bible was not originally written in English. It was written in three languages: Hebrew, Greek, and some Aramaic. In addition, all of the writings in the Bible, such as John’s Gospel, were originally written by hand. Unlike the simplicity we enjoy today in copying a letter or […]

Mar
18
Why I’m watching “The Bible” despite my frustration with it

Why I’m watching “The Bible” despite my frustration with it

“God can use all things to communicate His truth to humanity, even our flawed attempts at retelling the story of all stories.”

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