Perhaps an important way to get the big picture of the Christian message is to treat the New Testament as a book, and review it in a manner that the typical book review does. The following post conveys the usual overview of the salient points in a book review and how it “all hangs together.” This article is actually taken from A BIOGRAPHY OF THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE. This is my most recent book and focuses on its composition and transmission. If you don’t believe the Bible to be trustworthy, you would do well to read the book. You might come … Read More
Without the Greek Septuagint, The New Testament Might Have Been Written in Aramaic
There was one book which existed prior to the New Testament that was enormously influential in the development of the Christian Bible. It is the Septuagint. This book was not just “the Old Testament” – it was how the religion of the Jews was understood around the world by religious Jews during most of the so-called ‘Second Temple Period’ – for 350 years – from 280 B.C. to 70 A.D.
While Rome was politically in control of Judaea, the language used there was not Latin. Instead, the … Read More
Most of my followers know that there is a period of over 400 years between the writings of the Old and New Testament. In reality, it may span almost 500 years. The last Old Testament prophet was Malachi who wrote approximately circa 450-400 B.C. (and by the way, he may have been Ezra according to some scholars). The first New Testament book was written about 50 A.D., or slightly before, either by Paul, James, or John Mark. This period is also known as the “Second Temple Period” in which numerous apocryphal and pseudepigraphal writings were written. And, also, the story … Read More
WHO IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FIGURE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT PROTESTANTS GENERALLY DISREGARD? YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED. WE MIGHT THINK ONE OF THE KINGS LIKE JOSIAH OR HEZEKIAH WHO BROUGHT REVIVAL TO JUDAH. BUT ACTUALLY, IT WAS A PRIEST.
His name was written Esdras in Greek (and in the Septuagint). But we know him by his anglicized name, Ezra.
Ezra is an underappreciated Old Testament figure in Protestant circles. This opinion stands in enormous disparity with rabbinic Judaism (today’s Judaism), who sees him as a second Moses. While some scholars believe Ezra lived just 40 years, from 480 … Read More