Noah, Moses, Judgment, Mercy (Wenham)

 In Genesis 8:20ff we read of Noah's sacrifice that he offered soon after he, his family, and the animals exited the ark.  Here's how the story goes after Noah's sacrifice: And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, even though the inclination… Continue reading Noah, Moses, Judgment, Mercy (Wenham)

The Hebrew Term for “The Flood” (TWOT)

 In the famous story of Noah, his family, and the ark, the Hebrew term for flood is not a regular word or phrase for "a lot of water."  There are other words in the OT that mean "a lot of water" (e.g. מַיִם - "waters") and there are phrases that mean "a lot of water"… Continue reading The Hebrew Term for “The Flood” (TWOT)

The Spirits in Prison? (Clowney)

 Sometimes when we get into the details of the exegesis, syntax, grammar, and interpretation of a passage we forget or miss the big picture.  I appreciate how Edmund Clowney discussed the "hard text" of 1 Peter 3:19-20 in such a way that he didn't forget the bigger picture of the surrounding context.  Here's what he… Continue reading The Spirits in Prison? (Clowney)

Mesopotamian Myths and the Genesis Flood

Bruce Walke wrote a nice piece comparing and contrasting the Mesopotamian flood myths and the Biblical account of the flood.  Here it is (most of it, anyway): “There are three Mesopotamian myths: 1) the Sumerian account with the hero Ziusdra, 2)the Old Akkadian account with the hero Atrahasis, and 3) the Old Babylonian account with… Continue reading Mesopotamian Myths and the Genesis Flood

Bavinck on the Noahic Covenant: The Covenant With Nature

Herman Bavinck is most helpful when it comes to explaining the details of the Noahic covenant. First of all, he puts it in volume III of Dogmatics, under the covenant of grace instead of volume II where he puts the covenant of works. Speaking of the covenant of grace and the post-flood administration, "we must… Continue reading Bavinck on the Noahic Covenant: The Covenant With Nature