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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 17: Matthew 22:1-40, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 17: Matthew 22:1-40, by Kevin M. Williams

Does Messiah pay taxes? Journey through the Gospel to the Hebrews with Kevin Williams and find out. And Jesus answered and spoke to them again in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared …” (Matthew 22:1-2). One consistent theme to Yeshua’s (Jesus’) ministry in the book of Matthew is the reality of the […]

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The Jewish Idioms Abolish and Fulfill

The Jewish Idioms Abolish and Fulfill

Messianic teacher Kevin Williams investigates the meaning behind “abolish” and “fulfill” in the First Century Jewish context. Shalom, On one of your web pages, you make the claim that the words “abolish” and “fulfill” are Jewish idioms that mean to “misinterpret” and “correctly interpret” the Torah. How do you know these are Jewish idioms that […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: Context of Genre: Narrative, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Context of Genre: Narrative, by Craig S. Keener

In this chapter from the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series, Craig S. Keener investigates the question, what can we really learn from the narratives in the Bible? As appearing in Pneuma Review Spring 2005.   Introduction to Context of Genre Although we have surveyed and illustrated many of the most important general rules for interpretation, […]

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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 16: Matthew 21:1-46, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 16: Matthew 21:1-46, by Kevin M. Williams

Does Messiah pay taxes? Journey through the Gospel to the Hebrews with Kevin Williams and find out. And when they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied […]

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The Johannine Anointing: Focusing on Truth

The Johannine Anointing: Focusing on Truth

  In 1977, after a consideration of all New Testament literature, J. K. Moon gave this classic Pentecostal/charismatic, albeit eclectic, definition of the anointing: The anointing is the special presence of the Holy Spirit in the life and ministry of God’s servant which produces an inspiring awareness of the divine presence. His entire faculties are […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: Bible Background, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Bible Background, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

Part of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener. As appearing in Pneuma Review Winter 2005. Examples of Using Cultural Background continued from Fall 2004.  7. The Kingdom Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 Many pagans added up as many names of their deities as possible, reminding the deities of all their sacrifices and […]

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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 15: Matthew 18:21-20:34, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 15: Matthew 18:21-20:34, by Kevin M. Williams

Forgiveness. Fidelity. Laying on of hands. Kevin Williams puts these and other teachings of Jesus in their context, pulling back the veil of history and culture that is now far removed from us. Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive men? Up to […]

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Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Bible Background (Part 1 of 2), by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Bible Background (Part 1 of 2), by Craig S. Keener

Part of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener. As appearing in Pneuma Review Fall 2004. Bible Background (Part 1 of 2) In any communication, some matters are stated but others can be left assumed. For instance, I am writing in English, on the assumption that I and my readers both know […]

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N.T. Wright: Jesus and the Victory of God

N.T. Wright: Jesus and the Victory of God

  N.T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God, Volume 2 (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996), 741 pages, ISBN 9780800626822. Dr. Wright approaches his study of Jesus as a Christian, a New Testament scholar, and as an historian. While his conclusions challenge many popular evangelical conceptions of Jesus, his […]

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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 14: Matthew 17:24-18:16, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 14: Matthew 17:24-18:16, by Kevin M. Williams

Does Messiah pay taxes? Journey through the Gospel to the Hebrews with Kevin Williams and find out. And when they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the two-drachma tax came to Peter, and said, “Does your teacher not pay the two-drachma tax? (Matthew 17:24). Throughout this series, the basic premise has been that the […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: More Principles of Context, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: More Principles of Context, by Craig S. Keener

In this chapter from the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series, Craig S. Keener explains more interpretation principles for understanding the biblical context. As appearing in Pneuma Review Summer 2004.   We should briefly survey some other context principles: context of author; anticontext methods to avoid; and the value of outlining Scripture to catch the flow of […]

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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 13: Matthew 17:10-21, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 13: Matthew 17:10-21, by Kevin M. Williams

What does the coming of Elijah and the casting out of demons have to do with showing Jesus as Messiah? Journey through the Gospel to the Hebrews with Kevin Williams and find out. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” And He answered and said, […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: Whole-Book Context, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Whole-Book Context, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

Part of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener. As appearing in Pneuma Review Spring 2004.   Continued from Part 1 in the Winter 2004 issue    8. The Spirit-baptized life in Mk 1:8-13 The Gospel of Mark explicitly mentions God’s Spirit only six times, but half of them appear in his […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: Whole-Book Context (Part 1 of 2), by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Whole-Book Context (Part 1 of 2), by Craig S. Keener

Part of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener. As appearing in Pneuma Review Winter 2004. Whole-Book Context While it is important to read each passage in the context that immediately surrounds it, it is also important to read it in the context of the entire book in which it appears—whether John […]

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