Culture and the Widow of Zaraphath

A small example demonstrating the interaction of culture and text

Historical and cultural context matter in matters both big and small when it comes to reading and understanding the bible.

As the bible student Alan Hayward observed “Bible verses only make sense if you study them in their context, that is, their setting. You need to read the verses on either side of the verse in question. As I have pointed out on several occasions, you also need to make allowance for Hebrew idiom.1 Continue reading “Culture and the Widow of Zaraphath”

Passover goats

When the Passover lamb can be… a goat?

I never read THAT before – and I know what you said is wrong.

Sometimes you just know what the bible says – except that you don’t. Case in point, someone asked me why you could have a Passover Goat. Of course I knew this was not possible, but they insisted their version said it was ok. I checked. Continue reading “Passover goats”

The necessity of study

Should everyone be a Bible student?

A recent conversation shocked me. I was talking to a believer I had always admired, one who in my limited judgement, not only possesses the gifts of grace and service, but regularly applies them. However they confessed to me they felt a failure as they were not a bible student. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” 2 Tim 2:15 was the passage brought forward as evidence of their deficiency and lack of self-worth. Continue reading “The necessity of study”

An evidence-based faith

Apologetics is the domain of defending Christian faith and has a role in strengthening faith

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.” Heb 11:1 NET

The words of Hebrews 11:1 (especially as rendered in the King James Version) are sometimes taken to be a definition of faith, however this is not the intention of the text.  Continue reading “An evidence-based faith”

Evidence for a resurrection?

A summary of the rational, supporting evidence for the resurrection

“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless” 1 Corinthians 15:17 NET The resurrection is the critical doctrine and historical basis of our faith. The case for the resurrection can draw on both biblical and external evidence. This article provides a brief summary of the evidence. Continue reading “Evidence for a resurrection?”