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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 […]

Commentary on Proverbs 1 (Wisdom from Solomon)

| February 12, 2016

The book of Proverbs is a collection of collections on the subject of wisdom. There are several compilations in the book, including “the proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel” (Pr 1– 24), “more proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah” (chs. 25– 29), “the sayings of Agur […]

#10 Post of 2015 – Gay Marriage Is Forcing Us to Get Straight on the Old Testament

| December 9, 2015

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Recently I wrote a blog post on why Christians don’t stone people to death. I then wrote a 4-part series on how Christians should apply the Torah (first five books of the Old Testament). What do these posts have to do with gay marriage? In a nutshell, Christians are quoting from […]

Commentary on 1 Kings 3 (Solomon Asks for Wisdom)

| November 23, 2015

The books of 1 and 2 Kings were originally a single work, but were separated into two parts when they were translated into the Greek New Testament (the Septuagint). The Septuagint also combined Samuel and Kings into a four-part history of the monarchy of Israel (First, Second, Third, Fourth Book of Kingdoms). The author of […]

Commentary on Psalms 51 and 139 (Psalms of David)

| November 11, 2015

Psalm 51 is traditionally thought to be David’s lamentations for his sins against Bathsheba and Uriah. As the psalm begins, David asks for God’s forgiveness. Why God? Because even though David sinned against Bathsheba, Uriah, and others, it is God whom he has grieved the most. When we sin, we sin first and foremost against […]

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