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A Good Eye or a Bad Eye? A Cryptic but Critical Idiom

A Good Eye or a Bad Eye? A Cryptic but Critical Idiom

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23) Over the years, these mysterious […]

Is Christ the End of the Law? (part 3 of 3)

Is Christ the End of the Law? (part 3 of 3)

While telos can mean “end” or “termination,” it can also mean “goal,” “perfection,” or “culmination.” Paul’s wording is deliberately vague, conveying two ideas at once. Christ is both the goal and the end of the Law.

What Paul Says about Fulfilling the Law (part 2 of 3)

What Paul Says about Fulfilling the Law (part 2 of 3)

If the Torah is God’s instructions for how to live, why would Gentiles be excluded from its wonderful truths? In both Romans and Galatians, after Paul has spent a lot of time arguing against their need to observe the Torah, he actually explains how they can “fulfill the Law.”

Greek Brain, Hebrew Brain: The Way Parables Worked

Greek Brain, Hebrew Brain: The Way Parables Worked

(An excerpt from my book, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus ) Jesus’s parables fit perfectly into a non-Western, Jewish culture that expressed itself through tangible metaphors. He was engaging in sophisticated theological teaching, but we miss it if we are looking for the deductive abstract arguments of the Greeks. Jesus often based his reasoning […]