Monthly Archives: December 2016

At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Yeshua was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. –John 10:22-23 Hanukkah means “dedication.” The name comes from the story, in which the Maccabees rededicated the Temple, purifying it after the Syrians and the Jewish priests who were…

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“This [thing from the Bible] is that [something from modern headlines].” The end times are here, they tell us. And they’ve been telling us that at least since the Manichaeans in the third and fourth centuries. In case you thought it was something rather new, a phenomenon of modern times, calling current events fulfillments of…

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It can’t mean what it says. It must be a symbol, a code, with a secret spiritual message. In fact, the Bible must be filled with code language. Allegory and allegorical interpretation is where “the prima facie meaning must normally be pushed aside, even counted as offensive, to make room for the intended spiritual meaning…

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The purpose of a parable, which is a sermon delivered in person in its original setting, is to persuade those standing nearby. Who is Yeshua seeking to persuade with this parable? Is he comforting his disciples who are like the first son or is he trying to save the obstinate who are standing nearby to…

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The plain, simple meaning. What it naturally means. Literal, straightforward meaning. A Hebrew word that has come to stand for it is p’shat (puh-SHOT), “to remove, strip off, flatten” (it also has a second meaning, “to advance, dash ahead”). Richard Longenecker says in Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period that it came to mean “to…

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“The kingdom of heaven is like,” said Yeshua. More than once. He opened some saying with the formula, “it may be compared to.” These are classic modes for introducing a story parable. “They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates,” was Yeshua’s way of commenting on a social issue in…

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