Tag Archives: Cultural Background

The Truth About God’s Will for Your Life

What to do when you don’t have lots, wet fleeces, or gut feelings about what to do next. The beginning of a year is a time for resolutions and goals. A time to make a plan and set out on a new path; a time to make decisions and stick to them in order to […]

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What’s my secret tip for understanding the biblical text better?

Read more (and better)! Most people who have a high regard for the biblical text and the truths it communicates want to better understand what it is actually trying to communicate. A lot of the time, when people ask how they can accomplish that goal, they are told to simply read the bible more. That’s […]

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Part 3: Do Ancient Near-Eastern studies cause a crisis for Biblical faith?

Now that we’ve covered how the biblical text can interact with the cultures that surround it in Part 1 and the Crisis of faith that can Cause in Part 2, I would like to explore how Elijah responds to this encultured self-revelation of God Reconciling a worldly text to a transcendent God       […]

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Part 2: Do Ancient Near-Eastern Studies cause a crisis for biblical faith?

Elijah’s Crisis As we discussed in Part 1, the biblical text continually interacts with, adopts, rejects, augments, and ignores the cognitive environment of the ancient Near-East in a thousand different ways. In some instances, the interaction of the biblical text with the cultural environment of extra-biblical sources has led to a crisis of faith for […]

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Part 1: Do ancient Near-Eastern studies cause a crisis for biblical faith?

The flurry of reviews about this weekend’s opening of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, have also meant that media outlets and commentators have highlighted the many extra-biblical versions of the deluge narrative in hopes of accounting for and commenting on Aronofsky’s unique reimagining of the well-worn tale.  With the veritable flood of extra-biblical texts being presented to […]

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Seven Resources to Help you Preach the Context of Scripture

Graeme Goldsworthy in his preface to Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture laments the neglect of biblical theology in evangelical preaching. He argues that in drawing out the deeper theological implications of scripture in our sermons our audience gains better access to the foundation of Christ in all scripture. If I were to write […]

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When I’m anxious I eat bugs!

I spent my morning munching on bugs the other day — little brown beetles and little white worms (some might call them maggots). No — my granola was not expired — but it had been in my cupboard, open, much longer than I care to admit. It was there, growing this tiny unknown infestation, because of […]

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Should you celebrate Sukkot?

Summer is hot in Jerusalem. In the early summer, winds sweep westward across the deserts of Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula desiccating the southern Levant and the land of Israel for the next four to five months. Summer rain is very rare. Without the advent of modern desalination plants water can thus only be obtained […]

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Why I search … God Inspired Hard Texts

There is a question that I run into all the time. Sometimes it is asked explicitly: “Aren’t you asking too much of believers; doesn’t the plain truth of scripture make knowing all this archaeological and historical material unnecessary?” Sometimes it’s not so explicit. Sometimes it’s a quiet nod followed by a  “Hmm … that’s interesting […]

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Brothers, everyone is part of the priesthood

 am so thankful for a handful of authors and theologians who ministered to me, through no knowledge of their own, at the beginning stages of my career in Biblical Archaeology. One such author was John Piper, who’s short essays in Brothers, We are not Professionals both challenged and encouraged me as I began my studies. […]

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