Can we all understand the Bible alike?

This is a question that comes to mind nearly every time two believers disagree on something the Bible teaches. How do we go about understanding what the Bible teaches on a particular subject? Do we read one passage and treat that as the final word? Or do we look at the whole, instead of only […]

We are not those people!

by Matthew K. Clifton 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 The old joke is told of the day the preacher tried to fully impress upon the congregation the surety of the fact that death would come to each of them. “Each and every one of you in this congregation is going to die!” he boomed from the pulpit, […]

Who wrote the book of Hebrews?

New Testament scholars down through the years have been left in a quandary when it comes to consideration of the authorship of the book we know as the Epistle to the Hebrews. After all, although traditionally it was ascribed to Paul as the author, there is the looming fact of the omission of his name […]

Acts 10:9-16 — Peter’s Rooftop Vision

It is surprising that when surveying standard commentaries on Acts 10:9-16 so little is found in the way of discussion on the meaning of Peter’s rooftop vision. With only the very rare exception, ((Martin Dibelius, Studies in the Acts of the Apostles, London: Clowes, 1956, pp. 111-12. He proposes that since Peter’s rooftop vision deals […]

Archaeology and the Date of the Exodus

The biblical account of the Hebrew exodus from Egypt plays a central role in Judeo-Christian religious understanding. When a severe famine in the land of Canaan brought the patriarch Jacob and his family to Egypt, God promised that He would go with him, and bring his descendants[1] out again (Gen. 46:3-4). God’s promise to Jacob […]

Is The Gospel of Thomas a fifth gospel?

In the last few decades, there has been in increasing fascination with the attempt to identify the “real” Jesus. From the so-called Jesus Seminar which sought to take a pen knife to the New Testament to remove “non-authentic” statements of Christ from the Bible, to the work of scholars such as Bart Ehrman and Elaine […]