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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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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 12: Matthew 16:21-17:9, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 12: Matthew 16:21-17:9, by Kevin M. Williams

Journey through the Gospel to the Hebrews with Kevin Williams as he unveils rich Hebraisms and prophetic Messianic insights. From that time Jesus Christ began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on […]

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Leland Ryken: The Word of God in English

Leland Ryken: The Word of God in English

  Leland Ryken, The Word of God in English: Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2002), 336 pages. When reviews are written of new books, there is often a temptation to use such phrases as “ground-breaking” or “most important book of the year/decade/century.” At the risk of adding yet another such […]

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Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch

Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch

  T. Desmond Alexander and David W. Baker, eds., Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch, A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship series (InterVarsity Press, 2003) 954 pages, ISBN 9780830817818. As an avid reader and owner of IVP’s New Testament Dictionaries (Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Dictionary of New Testament Background, […]

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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 11: Matthew 16, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 11: Matthew 16, by Kevin M. Williams

And the Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Him asked Him to show them a sign from heaven (Matthew 16:1). This section of Matthew can be troublesome. Who among us has not, at some time or another, asked for a sign from God? Yet the intent behind Yeshua’s (Jesus’) words here may help put […]

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

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Learning 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 Fall 2003.   Continued from Part 1 in the Summer 2003 issue   Paragraph Context: Checking yourself  13. What is the “word of God” (or “word of Christ” in most translations) in Romans 10:17? Does it specifically refer […]

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