The Tragic Cost Of Rejecting God: An Exegetical Study Of First Samuel 8:10-18

TRANSLATION OF FIRST SAMUEL 8:10-18 10 So Samuel spoke all the words of the LORD to the people who had asked from him a king. 11 And he said, “This will be the custom of the king who will rule over you: your sons he will take and appoint among his chariots and among his horsemen, […]

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How a Passage About Circumcision Brought Me to Tears

Yesterday morning I rose before the sun to begin translating Joshua 5:2-15 for my Hebrew Exegesis class.  Things began like any other day: parsing verbs, declining nouns, looking up obscure forms.  But when I got to verse 9 all that changed, because what began as an academic exercise ended up as an overwhelming encounter with […]

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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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Sovereignty and Divine Providence

Introduction What exactly do we mean when we say “God is in control” or “Jesus is on the throne?”   Through the ages man has sought to understand the balance between free will and divine providence.  Is man truly free to choose the direction of his life or does God control the actions of each individual?  […]

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