Category Archives: New Testament

Ephesians – Authorship, Textualization & Repackaging – Podcast notes 9.27.19

Show notes for Ephesians podcast on 9.27.19 Authorship issues – probably deutero-Pauline, in other words, not written by Paul. Why? Non-Pauline syntax, terminology, and view of the last days. For example, much longer sentences. To me, this can be explained … Continue reading

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Hebrews – An Introduction

Hebrews – An Introduction Today we will briefly examine the text of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament and what we think is going on this text. We will look at who we think wrote Hebrews, when it … Continue reading

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Matthew 24:40 Then shall two be in the field – the one shall be taken and the other left

These words can be used in a dual way. They can be applied to the destruction of the wicked in the day of burning, when only the righteous abide the day, or they can be applied to the gathering of … Continue reading

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The Miraculous Feeding of the 5,000 and the 4,000 in the Gospels

Recently I was asked about the feedings of the multitudes in the text of the Gospels. What do the two feedings mean? Is there some symbolism here? I have read some commentaries from writers that get into the numbers and … Continue reading

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The Messianic Secret

The “Messianic Secret” in Mark – Julie Smith As found in The Gospel according to Mark: New Testament Commentary, Brigham Young University, p. 901-903. There is a most curious aspect to Mark’s Gospel: Jesus frequently tells people to not tell … Continue reading

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Herod the Great and the Herodian Family Tree

From Lawrence Mykytiuk’s BAR article identifying real New Testament political figures Lawrence Mykytiuk   •  01/10/2019 As found on Bible History Daily In “New Testament Political Figures Confirmed” in the September/October 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Purdue University scholar Lawrence Mykytiuk … Continue reading

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Followers of the Way

From a close reading of the text of the New Testament, evidence suggests that the first followers of Jesus had a name not many are familiar with. Early followers of Jesus had many names, and one of the names used … Continue reading

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John 20:17 Touch me not

The seeming refusal of Jesus to permit Mary to touch him, followed almost immediately by the appearance in which the other women were permitted to hold his feet, has always been the source of some interpretative concern. The King James … Continue reading

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Matthew 27:25 His blood be upon us and our children

This is a very difficult passage in the New Testament. My contention is that the earliest Christians were Jews, otherwise Christianity would not have evolved in the synagogues for the first decades of its existence. Christianity came out of the … Continue reading

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Matthew 24 – How to apply this text

I appreciate the verse in Matthew 24 when the Savior says, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:19) What is a great application of these passages? … Continue reading

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