The Gospel of Luke

The Gospel of Luke

Luke wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. Both books were addressed to “Theophilus”, a real person whose name in the Greek means “lover of God” (Luke 1:3-4; Acts 1:1-2). Because the longest book in the New Testament is systematically and “consecutively...

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The Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark depicts Christ as the suffering yet powerful Servant of the Lord (Bailey & Constable 1999:67). Perhaps appropriate for a servant, Mark omits any genealogy. Christ fulfils the various Servant songs of Isaiah (42:1-9; 49:1-13; 50:4-11;...

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Keys of the Kingdom

Keys of the Kingdom

When he confesses that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, Peter is blessed by given the keys of the kingdom (Matthew 16:16, 19). What did Peter really receive? What do these keys not mean? In a context where even John the Baptist wavered and others...

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John the Baptist and Elijah

John the Baptist and Elijah

The first law of logic is the law of identity, stating that something is what it is: an apple is an apple. The second law of logic is the law of non-contradiction, stating that A cannot be both A and not A at the same time and in the same sense: an apple is not a cat....

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Binding and Loosing

Binding and Loosing

The only two explicit references in the entire New Testament to the terms “bind and loose” appear in Matthew (but see also John 20:23). The first reference appears when Peter identifies Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16). As the first among...

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The Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount

The most famous sermon of all time is arguably Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew 5:1-7:29. Jesus addressed this sermon to his disciples primarily, but he also preached it to non-disciples (Matthew 5:1-2; 13-16; 7:13, 28-29). Though it is a popular and...

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The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew is probably one of the most read books in the world. The name ‘Matthew’ means ‘gift of God’ and ‘faithful’ — certainly this wonderful Gospel is a gift from a faithful God to us! What about Jesus Christ does Matthew focus on? Why and when was...

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An Overview of the New Testament

An Overview of the New Testament

If you were to provide the Gospel of Matthew or 2 Peter with a title, what would it be? If someone asked you to summarise Colossians, what would you write? Why and when were the books of the New Testament written? What is distinctive of 2 Corinthians or, asked another...

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1 & 2 Chronicles

1 & 2 Chronicles

Why was Chronicles written? After the Babylonian captivity, Jews had to be reminded where they come from, what God had unconditionally promised to Israel and what they could look forward to. Unsurprisingly, then, the first 9 chapters of 1 Chronicles provide various...

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Lamentations

Lamentations

Many calamitous events have happened to the nation of Israel on the 9th of Av. The First Temple and Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians on the 9th of Av in 586 BC. Subsequent events in history, such as when Jews were expelled from certain countries, also...

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The Book of Ecclesiastes

The Book of Ecclesiastes

The Hebrew title of this book is ‘Qoheleth’ (cf. 1:1-2, 12; 7:27; 12:8-10) and refers to the Preacher who can be identified as the author (Cone 2009:17). The term ‘Qoheleth’ means “to assemble” and the English title “Ecclesiastes” is from the Greek word ekklesia,...

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The Book of Ezra-Nehemiah

The Book of Ezra-Nehemiah

Background and Structure Today, most Bibles show Ezra and Nehemiah as two separate books, but this was not always the case. The most ancient manuscripts, the Hebrew Bible before the 15th century, and the Septuagint all viewed Ezra and Nehemiah as one composition (cf....

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