The Doctrine of Creation and True Religion (Bavinck)

The biblical doctrine of creation is a truth and reality that shows up all over Scripture - OT and NT. From the law to the prophets to the gospels and epistles, the Bible clearly teaches that the Triune God made all things out of nothing. This is a fundamental aspect of the Christian religion. The… Continue reading The Doctrine of Creation and True Religion (Bavinck)

Septuaginta: Reader’s Edition

When studying the NT in depth, it's hard to miss the fact that many NT authors often cite or quote a Greek version of the Hebrew OT. For two examples of many, in 1 Cor. 10:7 Paul quotes a Greek version of Exodus 32.6 word for word. In Rom. 15:3 the apostle quotes a Greek… Continue reading Septuaginta: Reader’s Edition

In The Beginning When God “Began” to Create…?

If you look at the first words in the 1985 JPS (Jewish Publication Society) Tanakh, you'll notice this translation: "When God began to create heaven and earth...." Almost all other English translations - including the 1917 JPS Tanakh - translate Genesis 1:1 something like this: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...."… Continue reading In The Beginning When God “Began” to Create…?

Symbolic Language in Apocalyptic Texts – OT/NT (Dodd)

Although I don't agree with every angle and aspect of this book, I am enjoying it: According to the Scriptures by C. H. Dodd (published in 1952). In this book Dodd argues that the NT authors used the OT to prove the truths about Jesus and his kingdom. There's more to the discussion, to be… Continue reading Symbolic Language in Apocalyptic Texts – OT/NT (Dodd)

The Law/Gospel Distinction in Reformed Theology

This is a re-post from October, 2009. I've posted on this before, but it is something that needs to be said more than a few times: the law/gospel distinction is right there in the fabric of historic Reformed theology.  Though some people don't like it, won't teach it, and think it is Lutheran, it is… Continue reading The Law/Gospel Distinction in Reformed Theology