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Commentary on Isaiah 52-53 (The Suffering Servant)

| May 23, 2016

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is recognized by many scholars as the fourth of the so-called Servant Songs in the Book of Isaiah. Henri Blocher, in The Servant Songs, entitles the four songs: (1) The Call of the Servant (Isa. 42:1–9); (2) The Commission of the Servant (Isa. 49:1–13); (3) The Commitment of the Servant (Isa. 50:4–11); and […]

Commentary on Isaiah 40 (Comfort for God’s People)

| May 11, 2016

Chapter 39 of Isaiah ends with a prophecy that Judah will be conquered by the Babylonians sometime in the future (after King Hezekiah is dead and gone). Although Hezekiah is relieved that it will not happen in his lifetime, the people of Judah wondered what would happen to their kingdom. Hadn’t God promised them the […]

Commentary on 2 Kings 18-19 (Hezekiah and Sennacherib)

| May 9, 2016

Chapter 18 introduces King Hezekiah of Judah, one of the godliest rulers of Judah since Solomon. As is the case with many kings of the time, he reigned with both his father and son in addition to reigning by himself. He reigned as coregent with his father Ahaz for 14 years (729–715 BC). He reigned […]

Commentary on 2 Kings 17 (Fall of Israel)

| May 2, 2016

The last king of Israel is Hoshea, who rules from 732 – 722 BC. Just as all the other kings of Israel, starting with Jeroboam, Hoshea disobeyed the commands of God recorded in the Torah. The author allows that Hoshea wasn’t quite as bad as his predecessors, but it does not matter. Hoshea refuses to […]

Was the Book of Isaiah Written by the Prophet Isaiah?

| April 22, 2016

Although Jewish and Christian traditions, dating all the way back to the 1st millennium BC, all indicate that the 8th century prophet Isaiah wrote the book with his name on it, many modern biblical scholars claim that two, three, or even more authors actually contributed to the book over a period of several centuries. The […]

Commentary on Isaiah 6 (Isaiah’s Commission)

| April 20, 2016

The traditional Jewish and Christian view is that the Book of Isaiah was written by the prophet of that name who lived during the 8th and possibly 7th century BC. Isaiah states that he is the son of Amoz and that his ministry coincided with the Judean kings named Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. This […]

Commentary on Ecclesiastes 11-12 (Wisdom from the Preacher)

| February 26, 2016

Chapter 11, verses 1-6, give financial and investment advice. In verses 1-2, Solomon is recommending that the reader spread out her investments over 7 or even 8 different areas. The phrase “cast your bread upon the waters” refers specifically to maritime trade. Solomon’s reign was characterized by extensive sea trade with other nations. By spreading […]

If Ecclesiastes Is Inspired, Then Why Isn’t It Quoted in the New Testament?

| February 24, 2016

The NT writers quote the OT hundreds of times, yet they never once quote from the Book of Ecclesiastes. Doesn’t this indicate that the NT writers did not consider the book to be inspired by God? Norm Geisler and Tom Howe answer this question in their book, When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible […]

Commentary on Ecclesiastes 2-3 (Wisdom from the Preacher)

| February 22, 2016

The English title, Ecclesiastes, comes from the Septuagint. The Greek word means “preacher” and translates the Hebrew title, which apparently referred to the office of a preacher or teacher. It is derived from the Hebrew word Qohelet, meaning “to assemble.” The Book of Ecclesiastes is an advanced wisdom text intended for adults. The Hebrews did […]

How Do We Interpret the Proverbs?

| February 15, 2016

Some readers of the Book of Proverbs have raised objections to its contents. First, some proverbs seem to command a certain behavior, but then others command a different, incompatible behavior. Second, some proverbs appear to make promises that other parts of the Bible seem to contradict. Third, some proverbs make what appear to be comprehensive […]

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