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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The Kingdom of God

Thesis and Scope It is widely held that the central theme of Jesus earthly ministry was the kingdom of God, and the New Testament is replete with textual support for this notion.  However, the Old Testament also bears witness, both explicitly and implicitly, to the “kingdom of God” theme, and the witness is so substantial […]

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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 were produced.  […]

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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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First Samuel 8:1-10: Grammatical Analysis

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND The eighth chapter of First Samuel functions as one of the major pivot points in the historical development of ancient Israel.  Following the conquest of Canaan under the leadership of Joshua, the Israelites were organized as a loose tribal confederacy and were governed, primarily on an ad hoc military basis, by a series […]

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