Christian Mysticism

Introduction and Scope It is no secret that the modern worldview, rooted in empiricism, foundationalism, and Cartesian anxiety, is giving way to a worldview shaped by postmodern philosophy in the 21st century.  Interestingly, postmodernity shares many points of affinity with the pre-modern worldview, not the least of which being a keen interest in mysticism, a […]

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Theophany and Covenant: Exodus 19:1 – 20:21

Introduction and Scope The purpose of this paper is to offer an interpretation of Exodus 19 – 20:21 based on the relevant historical, sociocultural, and grammatical contexts.  This passage has been selected because it serves as a pivotal passage in the cannon and as the climactic event in the narrative of the people of God […]

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Ezekiel 37: An Interpretation

Introduction The purpose of this paper is to offer an interpretation of Ezekiel 37 based on the relevant historical, sociocultural, and grammatical contexts. Unless otherwise noted, all quotations of Scripture are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Holy Bible. Historical Context Ezekiel was born in a time where a major shift in […]

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Views of the Millennium: Sine Quibus Non

Introduction and Scope The purpose of this paper is to explore the four major millennial views of amillennialism, postmillennialism, dispensational premillennialism, and historic premillennialism and to determine which of these is best supported by Scripture. Space constraints will not allow us to explore the finer nuances of each position so I will present a brief […]

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Deuteronomy and the Literature of the Ancient Near East

Thesis and Scope A central concern of exegetical pursuits is to discover the historical and cultural Sitz im Leben of the biblical text in order to properly interpret Scripture.  The field of comparative studies of the cultures of the ancient Near East is critical to understanding the historical-cultural and socio-political context from which the Scriptures […]

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Paul and Hellenistic Philosophy

There is a great deal in Paul’s letters which seems to be interrelated with Hellenistic philosophical concepts.  We will briefly survey the two main categories of Hellenistic thought which are represented in the Pauline corpus, extract the associated theological implications, and explore ideas for their application in contemporary culture.  Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations […]

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