Seeing Is Believing

Even before the crucifixion, there came a point in Jesus' ministry when the Jewish religious officials were desperate to have him out of the way.  During the feast of tabernacles the chief priests and Pharisees sent the officers of the temple guard to watch Jesus, and take him into custody at the first valid opportunity.…

Luke 24:47—Style & Other Issues

In Luke 24:47 the KJV and says "repentance AND remission of sins," whereas most modern versions like the ESV and the NASB say "repentance FOR remission of sins."  While this may seem like a small difference, it can have deep implications for how we understand Biblical doctrines of salvation. But before we can discuss the…

Book Review: Jesus’ Bible

I recently finished reading Jesus' Bible: A Concise History of the Hebrew Scriptures by  Christopher Dost.  The book is a small one (less than 120 pages if you don't count the preface or the bibliography) but it is packed with information, especially for those of us who know more about the Greek New Testament than we…

“And” or “For”?—Luke 24:47

Sometimes little words can carry big distinctions.  Both words are only a few letters long, and they even share a common letter, but there is a world of difference between my wife and your wife!  Confuse the two at your own risk.  Little differences like this become even more important when we attempt to study God's word.…