Tag Archives: ANE

Teachings of Jesus — Mark 2:14-22

We depart from Matthew’s Gospel at this point. There is really nothing I can add now to the previous work I’ve done explaining Matthew 24 and 25. You can reread them at your leisure on the static site. We jump … Continue reading

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No Unified Curriculum

While stuck in the house with this cold, I’ve been passing the time by viewing a few fiction videos I normally wouldn’t have time to mess with. Most of what I chose touched on themes of ancient civilizations. Once more … Continue reading

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Law and Faith Together 02

Don’t try to make a parable walk on all-fours. Hebrew parable is the opposite of Western descriptive language. Whereas the latter seeks to encode discrete ideas that are the same in all contexts, parable seeks to offer imagery that adjusts … Continue reading

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Who Shall Believe Their Report?

We live in a fairly civilized world today. Most of humanity at least gives lip service to the idea of human rights. We put a lot of stock in education. There was a time in history when things like geometry … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 22:1-14

There is little confusion about this parable. Jesus continues His condemnation of the Sanhedrin and Temple officials. He uses another parable to paint their dire situation. Many eastern rulers used the wedding day of the heir as a day of … Continue reading

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The Sin of Census

Ref: 2 Samuel 24 — This came up in a Bible study today and a great many people fail to understand the full context. Recall that the Covenant of Moses was inherently tribal and feudal. God says that no one … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 16:13-28

The underlying theme that ties this whole passage together is getting a proper image of Jesus inheriting the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s too easy to forget this all takes place in the context of Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) culture. A … Continue reading

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