1 Apr 2012

Palm Sunday: The Kingdom That Might Have Been

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With the arrival of the Passion Week comes the curious and often forgotten event of Palm Sunday. Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem on that day was a truly triumphal event—a day of fulfilled prophecy where the Messiah rides into Jerusalem on a donkey (Zech 9:9) and suddenly appears in the Temple (Mal 3:1). He affirms his...
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30 Mar 2012

Book Note: John J. Collins's The Scepter and the Star (2010)

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John J. Collins. The Scepter and the Star: Messianism in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls. 2nd edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010, xi + 298 pp. Why was Jesus crucified as a messianic pretender (“King of the Jews”) or, upon his resurrection, declared by his disciples to be the enthroned messiah if, as Collins...
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28 Mar 2012

The KJV-Only Movement Comes to America

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In previous posts (here, here, and here), I have argued that the beginning of the KJV-only movement can be traced to the publication of the 1881 revision of the KJV, the Revised Version (RV), and the opposition to it by Dean Burgon, which was set forth in his 1883 volume, The Revision Revised. Even with the criticism...
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26 Mar 2012

Boys Will Be Men

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Earlier this month many Americans were saddened to hear of an American soldier who allegedly killed some 16 Afghan civilians in cold blood—most of them women and children. Although this isn’t the first time an American soldier has been accused of murder in a time of war, such incidents anger us, and rightly so. Those...
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24 Mar 2012

Rice Lectures' Audio Now Available

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The William R. Rice Lectures were held on March 14 with Dr. Bryant G. Wood. The theme for 2012 was, “Archaeology and the Conquest: New Evidence on an Old Problem.” The audio recordings from the sessions are now posted to the DBTS website. One of Dr. Wood’s topics was “The Discovery of Joshua’s Ai.” He has recently posted a technical article here on...
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23 Mar 2012

What to Do When the Original Text Makes No Sense

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I was preparing for my class in the OT Historical Books the other day when I stumbled over one of the ESV’s little-advertised translation changes in 1 Samuel 13:1 (I’d call it a stealth version, but that would be a cheap shot). Unlike many of these changes, this was a significant one—and a curious one....
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21 Mar 2012

Dean Burgon and the Revised Version

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The King James-only movement believes that only the KJV is the Word of God. All other English versions are corrupt since no modern Bible version (except the New King James Version) is translated from the Textus Receptus (TR) Greek NT, which is considered to be without error. By the 1800s scholars had begun to produce Greek...
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19 Mar 2012

John 3:5 and the Life-giving Work of the Spirit

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Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (ESV). A contested issue in John 3:5 relates to the meaning of “born of water and the Spirit.” In this post, I will argue that the best way to interpret these...
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18 Mar 2012

World's Largest Tire

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Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary is actually in Allen Park, Michigan. And if you come to Allen Park, you will want to see the world’s largest tire on Interstate 94 in our city.   Check out this article for even more info about the tire.
16 Mar 2012

A Puzzler: Hos 1:10 and 2:23 in Rom 9:25–26

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We looked at Romans 9–16 last week in a course I’m teaching on Paul. I’ll admit, we spent most of our time in chs. 9–11, working a bit too closely—considering our time constraints—through Paul’s OT citations. One of the more puzzling of these citations is found in 9:25–26, where Paul cites Hosea 2:23 and then...
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