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The Challenge Of Received Tradition: Dilemmas In Radak's Biblical Commentaries, Devorah Schoenfeld May 2018

The Challenge Of Received Tradition: Dilemmas In Radak's Biblical Commentaries, Devorah Schoenfeld

Devorah Schoenfeld

No abstract provided.


A Divine Selection: An Exegetical Analysis Of Vocational Calling, Timothy Nguyen Dec 2017

A Divine Selection: An Exegetical Analysis Of Vocational Calling, Timothy Nguyen

Timothy Nguyen

Within Christian circles, the ‘calling’ of the vocational minister is frequently abused and misunderstood and muddled by the lack of Scriptural evidence for the overused term. The focus of this research is to observe first, the current cultural climate surrounding the nature of calling, and second, to compare this understanding to the authoritative Scriptural teaching on the subject in both the Old and New Testaments. This analysis reveals that the “internal” vocational call to minister is absent from the Bible and must be replaced by an alternative the Scripture directly teaches. It is concluded that God gives man the desire ...


Words Taken For Wonders: Conversion And Religious Authority Among The Dalits Of Colonial Chhattisgarh, Chad M. Bauman Dec 2017

Words Taken For Wonders: Conversion And Religious Authority Among The Dalits Of Colonial Chhattisgarh, Chad M. Bauman

Chad M. Bauman

An unedited, prepublication version of the book chapter.


Jesus - Divinity Revealed In Humility, Norman H. Young Apr 2017

Jesus - Divinity Revealed In Humility, Norman H. Young

Norman Young

This book chapter discusses Jesus' divinity and the affirmation of this which can be seen in the bible.


Writing Commentary As Ritual And As Discovery, James Watts Jan 2017

Writing Commentary As Ritual And As Discovery, James Watts

James Watts

This study combines rhetoric, ritual studies, and comparative scriptures studies to open new avenues for understanding both biblical texts and their cultural history as a scripture. Labelling commentary as ritual, specifically as a ritualized genre of text, leads to the observation that commentary not only contributes to the Bible’s status as a scripture, it depends on that status as well. Ritual theories provide explanations for the dynamic interaction of tradition and innovation in commentary writing. Analysis of commentary writing and reading as a form of ritualizing the semantic dimension of a scripture provides a step forward in understanding how ...


The Gospel That Came To Abraham, David Tasker Nov 2016

The Gospel That Came To Abraham, David Tasker

David Tasker

Trusting God to fulfill His promises, especially at a time of greatest discouragement, is an integral part of salvation. Why did Jesus die? Was it a demonstration of divine love, some cosmic legal transaction, human rejection of God, or something else? Or all of the above?


Ruach Elohim: The Holy Spirit In The Old Testament, David Tasker Nov 2016

Ruach Elohim: The Holy Spirit In The Old Testament, David Tasker

David Tasker

What do the Hebrew Scriptures teach about the Holy Spirit? R. A. Torrey once wrote, “Before one can correctly understand the work of the Holy Spirit, he must first of all know the Spirit himself.” With this admonition in mind, my intention is to glean some insight from the Hebrew Scriptures to understand a little more of the Person of the Holy Spirit. In so doing, I will avoid imposing New Testament structures upon the Hebrew Scriptures, but let them speak for themselves.


Divine Fatherhood: Re-Examining The Paradigm, David Tasker Nov 2016

Divine Fatherhood: Re-Examining The Paradigm, David Tasker

David Tasker

This article examines various approaches to the understanding of the father-God concept, recognizing that much that has been said up to this point has been influenced by sources other than either the Hebrew Scriptures or their Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) context.


The Sabbath In The Gospel Of Matthew: A Paradigm For Understanding The Law In Matthew?, Robert K. Mciver Nov 2016

The Sabbath In The Gospel Of Matthew: A Paradigm For Understanding The Law In Matthew?, Robert K. Mciver

Robert McIver

No abstract provided.


Book Review: Deuteronomy And Exhortation In Hebrews, Ched E. Spellman May 2016

Book Review: Deuteronomy And Exhortation In Hebrews, Ched E. Spellman

Ched E. Spellman, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


Book Review: The Text In The Middle, Ched E. Spellman May 2016

Book Review: The Text In The Middle, Ched E. Spellman

Ched E. Spellman, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


Book Review: Hebrews And Divine Speech, Ched E. Spellman May 2016

Book Review: Hebrews And Divine Speech, Ched E. Spellman

Ched E. Spellman, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


Lord, Behold, He Whom You Love Is Sick., Davis Mcguirt Feb 2016

Lord, Behold, He Whom You Love Is Sick., Davis Mcguirt

Davis McGuirt

This book addresses the biblical explanation for why people get sick. It should not be reproduced or distributed without express permission of the author. All rights reserved.


God Is His Own Interpreter, And He Will Make It Plain, Barry Fike Dec 2015

God Is His Own Interpreter, And He Will Make It Plain, Barry Fike

Barry D. Fike

Religion, in its mystical, emotional or practical expression is, to me at any rate, of little value if divorced from intellectual integrity. I think that the reason “many believers” are so repulsive is that they don’t really have faith but a kind of false security. They operate by the slide rule, and the Church for them is not the body of Christ but the poor man’s insurance system. It’s never hard for them to believe because actually they never think about it. Unfortunately the reality is simply that it is not easy to get vast masses of ...


Does Your Bible Beep?, Jeremy M. Kimble Sep 2015

Does Your Bible Beep?, Jeremy M. Kimble

Jeremy M. Kimble, Ph.D.

Recently I attended a chapel service where the preacher, instead of asking the audience to open their Bibles, told them to turn to a certain passage of Scripture in their mobile devices. Inherent in this statement is the assumption that people today are more prone to leave behind leather-bound versions of Scripture and instead opt for YouVersion or a Bible app on their phone or tablet. While this assumption may become increasingly prevalent, pastors and church members alike should be asking themselves whether or not they lose anything by only reading the Bible on their mobile devices. My contention is ...


The Bible, Same-Sex Sexual Activity, And The Parameters For Flourishing (Part 3), A. Thornhill Jul 2015

The Bible, Same-Sex Sexual Activity, And The Parameters For Flourishing (Part 3), A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


The Bible, Same-Sex Sexual Activity, And The Parameters For Flourishing (Part 2), A. Thornhill Jul 2015

The Bible, Same-Sex Sexual Activity, And The Parameters For Flourishing (Part 2), A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


The Bible, Same-Sex Sexual Activity, And The Parameters For Flourishing (Part 1), A. Thornhill Jul 2015

The Bible, Same-Sex Sexual Activity, And The Parameters For Flourishing (Part 1), A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

No abstract provided.


From Ark Of The Covenant To Torah Scroll: Ritualizing Israel’S Iconic Texts, James Watts May 2015

From Ark Of The Covenant To Torah Scroll: Ritualizing Israel’S Iconic Texts, James Watts

James Watts

Torah scrolls are the central icon of Jewish worship. Interpreters usually regard such ritual uses of physical Torah scrolls as a consequence of the Pentateuch’s textual authority and canonization. However, the traditions about tablets of commandments carried in a reliquary ark show that ritualization of texts in the iconic dimension began early in Israel’s history. Was the Pentateuch itself developed with such iconic uses in mind? That is, was the Pentateuch shaped to replace the tablets and the ark? Evidence for such shaping appears in ambiguities surrounding Pentateuchal traditions about the tablets and scrolls of the law. These ...


Review Of New Inscriptions And Seals Relating To The Biblical World, Ed. Meir Lubetski And Edith Lubetski, Jeffrey Morrow Dec 2014

Review Of New Inscriptions And Seals Relating To The Biblical World, Ed. Meir Lubetski And Edith Lubetski, Jeffrey Morrow

Jeffrey L. Morrow, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


From Clay Tablets To Canon: The Story Of The Formation Of Scripture, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

From Clay Tablets To Canon: The Story Of The Formation Of Scripture, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

Presented at the 35th Sperry Symposium. The Sidney B. Sperry Symposium is sponsored by Brigham Young University Religious Education and the Church Educational System. It is difficult for us, in the age of information, to appreciate the impact of both the sweeping movements and technical advances that allowed for the creation of the canonized book we call the Bible. We live in a time when we regularly turn to written documents for the "final word", and we take for granted an astounding volume of written works and easy access to them. Indeed, it has been argued that U.S. culture ...


Toward A Canon-Conscious Reading Of The Bible: Exploring The History And Hermeneutics Of The Canon, Ched E. Spellman Sep 2014

Toward A Canon-Conscious Reading Of The Bible: Exploring The History And Hermeneutics Of The Canon, Ched E. Spellman

Ched E. Spellman, Ph.D.

Two distinct questions about the canon of the Bible can be raised: (1) How did the biblical canon come to be?, and (2) What effect does that canon have on its readers? The former is a historical question about the formation of the biblical canon; the latter is a hermeneutical question about the function of the biblical canon. Though these questions have often been pursued in virtual isolation from one another, Spellman argues that there are considerable gains from observing the interconnections between the two lines of inquiry. On the historical question of the origin of the canon, Spellman asks ...


The Dao Of Qoheleth: An Intertextual Reading Of The Daode Jing And The Book Of Ecclesiastes, R. Heard Jun 2014

The Dao Of Qoheleth: An Intertextual Reading Of The Daode Jing And The Book Of Ecclesiastes, R. Heard

Chris Heard

Of all the world's literary works which may appropriately be labeled religious classics, the Hebrew scriptures and the Daode Jing stand out as two of the most popular across cultural and linguistic boundaries. One might suppose that the cross-cultural popularity of these classics would have brought them into frequent contact with one another. However, not much seems to have been done to relate the Bible to the Daode Jing in a constructive way. In this article, I seek to begin redressing this lack of conversation by offering a reading of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes using the Daode Jing ...


What Does The Mob Want Lot To Do In Genesis 19:9?, R. Christopher Heard Jun 2014

What Does The Mob Want Lot To Do In Genesis 19:9?, R. Christopher Heard

Chris Heard

Most English Bible translations render [Hebrew text A-B] in Gen 19:9 with some variant of “Stand back!” However, a very few interpreters recommend a translation along the lines of “Come closer!” more in keeping with the typical gloss on [Hebrew text A]. A detailed study of the syntax and semantics of both [Hebrew text A] and [Hebrew text B], as well as constructions similar to [Hebrew text A-B] demonstrates the strength of the minority suggestion.


Book Review: The Rivers Of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, And Muhammad As Religious Founders, David Freedman, Michael Mcclymond, Deborah Sommer Apr 2014

Book Review: The Rivers Of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, And Muhammad As Religious Founders, David Freedman, Michael Mcclymond, Deborah Sommer

Deborah A. Sommer

In his introduction to Rivers of Paradise, David Noel Freedman explains how the book finds a guiding metaphor in a passage from Genesis (2:10–14) that relates how a river emerges from Eden and splits into four different rivers that flow to different parts of the world. He associates these five rivers with five “great personality religions of the world,” which are traditions “originating in and centering around the person, the life and experience, of a single individual—as it happens all of them men” (p. 2). These “founding fathers” are Moses, the Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Muhammad, in ...


God Is His Own Interpreter, And He Will Make It Plain, Barry D. Fike Dec 2013

God Is His Own Interpreter, And He Will Make It Plain, Barry D. Fike

Barry D. Fike

Religion, in its mystical, emotional or practical expression is, to me at any rate, of little value if divorced from intellectual integrity. I think that the reason “many believers” are so repulsive is that they don’t really have faith but a kind of false security. They operate by the slide rule, and the Church for them is not the body of Christ but the poor man’s insurance system. It’s never hard for them to believe because actually they never think about it. Unfortunately the reality is simply that it is not easy to get vast masses of ...


Book Review: The Origin Of The Bible, Ched E. Spellman Aug 2013

Book Review: The Origin Of The Bible, Ched E. Spellman

Ched E. Spellman, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


Book Review: Who Chose The Gospels?, Ched E. Spellman Aug 2013

Book Review: Who Chose The Gospels?, Ched E. Spellman

Ched E. Spellman, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


Book Review: Revelation And The Politics Of Apocalyptic Interpretation, Ched E. Spellman Aug 2013

Book Review: Revelation And The Politics Of Apocalyptic Interpretation, Ched E. Spellman

Ched E. Spellman, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


The Religious And Cultural Background Of Joseph Smith Papyrus I, Kerry Muhlestein Dec 2012

The Religious And Cultural Background Of Joseph Smith Papyrus I, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

No abstract provided.