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Blinded by Our own Brilliance

Blinded by Our own Brilliance

We assume that as the centuries go by, we’re growing more intellectually sophisticated. But modernity has actually dulled our senses to a reality that biblical peoples had no problems experiencing.

In the Biblical World, Aging was a Good Thing

In the Biblical World, Aging was a Good Thing

To understand your Bible you need to grasp the assumptions of its cultural world. Sometimes glimpsing its alternative point of view can even put our own reality into perspective. For instance, in the Ancient Near East, advanced age was not seen as something to be avoided. Aging was seen a source of honor and dignity. […]

What is Living Water?

What is Living Water?

One prominent image that recurs from Genesis to Revelation is that of living water. In the Middle East, water is scarce and precious, and very much needed for survival.

Israel's Undefinable God

Israel’s Undefinable God

The Bible doesn’t try very hard to answer our philosophical questions. In Genesis, where is the proof for God’s existence? What are his origins? Why isn’t God explained theologically? Knowledge of God in the Scriptures comes from personal encounter, not through human reasoning.

Free Books on Greek & Hebraic Thought

Free Books on Greek & Hebraic Thought

As I research my next book, I’ve been reading up on Jesus’ Hebraic, Jewish culture and how it contrasts with the Western culture in which we live. I keep bumping into great books I haven’t seen before. I thought I’d share a couple that are free to read or download because they are out of […]

In the West, Man is Big and God is Far Away

In the West, Man is Big and God is Far Away

I’m always fascinated by the question of what we need to know, culturally, to understand our Bibles better. So I enjoyed the essay at this link by James Kugel, a Jewish biblical scholar, about a fundamental disconnect between the worldview of the Bible and of our Western world today. It’s from an essay on Psalm […]

Can God the Father Teach us About Masculinity?

Can God the Father Teach us About Masculinity?

It’s Father’s Day and articles fill the internet about men who defied the masculine stereotype of being tough, distant workaholics. Changing diapers. Working at home. The world is a very different place nowadays than it was a few decades ago. The last place that many would look for inspiration for modern fatherhood is the Old […]

Mr. Spock's God: The Mistake of Western Theology

Mr. Spock’s God: The Mistake of Western Theology

The idea that emotions are irrational and unnatural arose from Greco-Roman philosophy and has influenced Western theology for thousands of years, giving rise to the idea that God is “impassible,” emotionless. Many of our problems with God come from this unbiblical idea.