12 Verses: Where Is the Promised Land? and 4 Other Questions

View from Mount Nebo, Jordan, where Moses was granted a view of the promised land. Source: commons.wikimedia.org

 

In Genesis 12, God promised Abram:

I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. (2–3) [Read more…]

Was Joseph in Egypt? When Archaeology and the Bible Converge

By David B. Schreiner

Because Christianity is built upon certain historical events, discussions about Scripture’s historical truthfulness are constant. Regarding Genesis, such discussions revolve around several issues, including the flood and patriarchal narratives. People want to know, “Did a global flood actually happen? Did the patriarchs really exist?” Frustratingly, these discussions are complicated by the lack of explicit evidence from outside the Bible that could serve as historical verification. [Read more…]

What Are the 6 Dreams in the Story of Joseph?

By Wendy Widder

Dreams dominate the story of Joseph, but their importance in the narrative derives from the significance of dreams in the culture and theology of the ancient Near East. While many of us dismiss dreams as a mental reworking of the day’s events or as the result of indigestion, ancients considered dreams to have potential revelatory significance. Dreams were one way the gods communicated from the divine realm to the human realm—a belief that is clearly evident in the Joseph narrative. [Read more…]

What Do Dreams in the Bible Mean? These 9 Words Reveal Hints

In the Bible, dreams are sources of divine revelation that indicate what someone should do, reveal what is going to happen, or explain current events. 

The Bible uses different Hebrew and Greek words when it talks about dreams and visions.  [Read more…]

Are Demons Fallen Angels and 2 Other Common Misconceptions

Are demons fallen angels? Is the Satan figure as the archnemesis of God foreign to the Old Testament? Did a third of the angels fall from heaven before humanity’s fall?

The following excerpt from Demons by Michael S. Heiser is adapted from the book’s final chapter, where Heiser addresses these myths and misconceptions.

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Revelation: Why We Must Fight the Lie That God Doesn’t Care

By Aubry Smith

Through windows, televisions, and internet portals, my view of the world looks bleak. Conflicts erupt across the globe; protests escalate into riots. The global refugee crisis continues to expand, and injustices in refugee camps call out to us. Shooters invade schools, synagogues, mosques, churches. In my own life, the past few years have seen my mother’s descent into dementia, then her sudden death by cancer, and the suicide of my younger brother. It often feels as if the darkness is overcoming the light.  [Read more…]

More Than a Love Poem—What the Song of Solomon Reveals about God’s Design for Marriage

By Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

Marriage comes as one of the gifts from our Creator’s hands to us mortals—we who are made in his image. The idea of one man and one woman being joined together in matrimony and in a covenant with each other, as well as simultaneously in covenant with God (Prov 2:17; Mal 2:14), is central to this teaching. It is one of the great foundational teachings of Scripture.  [Read more…]

Are Your Favorite Scholars . . . Anglican?

There’s nothing quite as awful as bad exposition, which makes good exposition really shine. The Logos 8 Anglican packages feature the latter type, as you’ll quickly discover from looking at the resources and authors included. [Read more…]

How Jesus’ Parables Warn Us—If We Can Hear Them

By Michelle Lee-Barnewall

Why did Jesus teach in parables?

We can find the answer in Matthew’s Gospel, where the disciples directly ask Jesus why he speaks in parables. Scripture tells us, [Read more…]

What Shepherds Know: Yahweh’s Provision in Psalm 23

In this excerpt from Psalms for Everyone, Part 1: Psalms 1–72, Old Testament scholar John Goldingay brings to light the strength and wisdom of the shepherd in beloved Psalm 23.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Ps 23:4) [Read more…]