General, Theology

Did the Father Abandon Jesus on the Cross?

אֵלִ֣י אֵ֭לִי‮‬ לָמָ֣ה עֲזַבְתָּ֑נִי eloi eloi lama 'zabachthani This Sunday at Bedford Road, we spent some time exploring Jesus's quote of Psalm 22 (Psalm 21 in LXX) when he was on the cross. This is perhaps the most well-known case of Jesus citing a lament from the Hebrew Scriptures; but it is often misinterpreted as… Continue reading Did the Father Abandon Jesus on the Cross?

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History, Medieval History

Don’t Let People Steal Your History

In a recent sermon, I mentioned the work of Francis of Assisi and referenced an episode in which he traveled to Egypt during the Fifth Crusade solely to share the gospel with the sultan, Al-Kamil. (His full name was al-Malik al-Kamil Naser ad-Din Abu al-Ma'ali Muhammad; and the crusaders just called him Meledin.) There is… Continue reading Don’t Let People Steal Your History

History, Theology

Swaddling Cloths

Recently, I saw a video of a supposed Messianic Jewish rabbi talking about Luke 2:12. After declaring Jesus's birth in Bethlehem, the angelic host tells the shepherds: And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. This rabbi goes on to say… Continue reading Swaddling Cloths

Ancient History, History

Herod and the Magi

Herod the Great It is important to understand that Herod was not just "a king." He had been declared the "King of the Jews" by the Roman Senate, a title which had been confirmed by Octavius Caesar when he became the First Man of Rome. Herod was an Idumean convert to Judaism who had ruled over… Continue reading Herod and the Magi

Reading

What Have I Been Reading?

It has been a couple of years since I updated my reading list, so I thought I would jot down the titles of some of the books I have read this year (2017). I'm not much of a reader of modern history; but for some reason, this year I got into this groove of reading… Continue reading What Have I Been Reading?

General

The Gospels’ Voices

One of the most peculiar characteristics of the Christian Scriptures is the quadruple testimony of the gospels. The presence of these four similar and yet very distinct books which seem to cover the same territory bring up a lot of questions. Among them: Why are there four versions of the same story? And why do… Continue reading The Gospels’ Voices

General, Song of Songs

The Identity of Solomon’s Bride

The Song of Songs (שׁיר השׁרים) is one of the great works of Hebrew dramatic poetry. In an ancient, pre-literate world, the great works of literature were not written for the page. They were to be presented publicly. Although these stagings were not as elaborate as modern plays and were presented for moral, polemic or… Continue reading The Identity of Solomon’s Bride