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
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?
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
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
Three weeks ago, I began a teaching series at Bedford Road on Solomon: The Tarnished Crown. Yesterday, I taught on Adonijah, the son of David who attempted to usurp the throne from Solomon. There is never enough time to talk about all the people who pass through the biblical narrative. I would never finish a… Continue reading Yahweh’s HESED to Abishag the Shunammite
The United States has fifty states, right? We tend to think of the United States only in terms of these states. And if we're being honest, a lot of Americans even forget about Alaska and Hawaii because they are not contiguous with the other forty-eight. But there is far more to the United States than… Continue reading Parts of the United States Most People Don’t Even Know Exist
Many Christian apologists who answer Mormon doctrine do so on the basis of looking deep into their lesser known beliefs and pointing out that there is some wild stuff going on there. For example, Joseph Smith taught that Methuselah and Abraham used the urim and the thummim as magical telescopes to discover the star Kolob,… Continue reading Mormonism is Not Orthodox Christianity