Complementarianism with Chest Hair

Let me draw your attention to this post from my good friend Douglas Wilson who makes fun of the pope’s Twitter feed on his way to making a number of very important points about masculine gentleness. Somebody in the comments suggested that he needed to go on and offer a bit more definition for what…

Parables & Dark Sayings

Psalm 78 calls Israel to hear a “parable” (mashal) and a “dark saying” (cheedah) (cf. Ps. 49). Proverbs opens introducing wisdom that will give the simple tools to understand the “parable” and the “dark saying.” So what are “parables” and “dark sayings” anyway? Though not exhaustive definitions, the first uses of these words in the…

Untimely Birth

Paul uses an unusual phrase hosper ektroma “untimely birth” to describe his vision of Jesus and conversion to Christianity (1 Cor. 15:8). N.T. Wright points out that normally, ektroma refers to a miscarriage or abortion, and clearly Paul doesn’t mean the word in it’s normal, literal usage since the result of such a birth is death….

Anathema

In the Septuagint, “anathema/cursed” is used to describe those cities/people/objects which are wholly devoted to the Lord. And frequently, they are devoted to complete destruction (e.g. Num. 21:3, Dt. 7:26, 13:16, 20:17, Josh. 6:17-18, 7:1-13). Paul uses this word when he says that he wishes he could be “cursed” from Christ for the sake of…

Slavery in Egypt

What was it like to be a slave in Egypt? I usually imagine images from popular movies and art. I think of some of the worst scenes from books like Uncle Tom’s Cabin, scenes of horrible oppression and back breaking labor and injustice in the American South. I think of Roman slavery, with men chained…

The Prince and the Princes

Toward the end of Ezekiel, the “prince” is described, the descendant of David who will rule Israel in accordance with the law of God. It’s interesting however that he is given particular liturgical duties. After the vision of the temple is described in detail, the prince is said to have rights to eat of the…