Feb 15, Scott Croft So you think you’re ready to date? Scott has some suggestions on how to get started. Remember, one of our guiding principles here is that we are trying to be or prepare to be a godly spouse even as we try to find a godly spouse. All singles who profess Christ and aspire to marriage — even as a possibility — have this responsibility even outside this area of life, we should all be trying to grow in Christ. Are you a Christian? If you’re already sure of that basic answer, are you a growing and mature Christian? Are you generally humble and teachable, and do you respect authority? As a practical matter, are you responsible and holy in the way you possess your own spirit, mind and body? As you move into the stage of life in which you begin to seriously consider marriage generally or a particular relationship, your first step should be to soberly reflect, before God, on your own spiritual walk and maturity in Christ. If you aspire to be a godly husband or wife someday, what have you done and what are you doing to prepare for that ministry?
The flood wiped out the giants but shortly after the flood they returned and spread all throughout the Promised Land. As this article will show, not only did the giants return after the flood, they were major enemies of God and His chosen nation, Israel for centuries. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. This brief passage tells a very important origin story.
Examined from a Biblical Perspective “Do not think that I came to pull down the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to pull them down but to , I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, there is no way one letter or one dot will pass from the law until all is implemented. “Thus whoever removes one of these commandments in the least, and teaches men so, he shall be called.
Of course, the Bible says it is wrong! Up until very recently I used to think the answer was YES as well. But as God began to peel back my American cultural presuppositions I realized the answer might be something other than what I was comfortable with. But this raises another question for those Christians who accept that the Bible calls it sin for a woman to sexually refuse her husband. What if a woman does refuse her husband?
Here are some answers I have given on this blog in the past. The issue being discussed is how a husband can confront a wife who chronically or willfully denies his sexual rights in marriage without just cause be it legitimate health or mental conditions. He has the right, both under Biblical law, as well as under American law, to reason with his with his wife and try to convince her to willingly even if grudgingly yield herself to him, and thereby fulfilling one her most important duties in Christian marriage.
While the Bible does not speak specifically to this case of a man forcing himself on his wife, I believe it is a case of physical abuse. So what others call rape, I call abuse. There is no doubt a wrong has been committed. But what we call it, and how it is punished or dealt with is very different depending on the circumstances. I have been pouring over the Scriptures for the last couple of months really asking God to reveal to me any presuppositions or cultural biases I might have on this subject and I have written many articles related to sexual conduct from a Biblical perspective recently.
Because of what God revealed to me through his Word in that study as of today I am officially changing my position on the issue of forced sex within marriage.
I did not come to pull them down but to fulfill. Truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, there is no way one letter or one dot will pass from the law until all is implemented. But whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that if your righteousness does not exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you will enter into the kingdom of heaven.
The American Journal of Biblical Theology is a weeky peer-reviewed journal in its seventeenth year that provides an outlet for publishing Christian theological works. .
Excerpt Undoubtedly, one of the hottest topics in the field of OT biblical studies in recent years is the dating of the Exodus. On the side of the latter view, biblical archaeologists such as James Hoffmeier contend that a 13th century BC Exodus better fits the material evidence, in large part due to alleged connections between sites mentioned in the biblical text—such as the store-city of Raamses Exod 1: Tags Support Like this artice?
Our Ministry relies on the generosity of people like you. Every small donation helps us develop and publish great articles. The biblical text requires that the former is true, while archaeology requires that the latter is true. The matter that will be discussed here, however, is whether these destructions are distinct or one and the same. This study may go a long way toward determining whether or not the Exodus and Conquest transpired in the 13th century BC. Ancient Hazor consisted of a large, rectangular lower city acres and a bottle-shaped upper city 30 acres , essentially an elongated mound called a tel, which rises about 40 m.
This includes both the monumental cultic edifices and the administrative palatial buildings, all of which served as the foci of religious and civil power and wealth at the height of Canaanite Hazor in the 13th century BC.
Historical criticism Title page of Richard Simon ‘s Critical History , an early work of biblical criticism According to tradition , Moses was the author of the first five books of the Bible, including the book of Genesis. Philosophers and theologians such as Thomas Hobbes — , Benedict Spinoza — , and Richard Simon — questioned Mosaic authorship.
Spinoza said Moses could not have written the preface to Deuteronomy, since he never crossed the Jordan; he points out that Deuteronomy Astruc believed he identified them as separate sources that were edited together into the book of Genesis, thus explaining Genesis’ problems while still allowing for Mosaic authorship.
There was a willingness among the doctoral candidates to re-express Christian doctrine in terms of the scientific method and the historical understanding common during the German Enlightenment circa — Turretin believed the Bible could be considered authoritative even if it was not considered inerrant.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary. edited by Paul J. Achtemier (San Francisco: Harper and Row, ) You are strongly recommended to add to your library the excellent revised edition of Harper’s Bible Dictionary titled, The Harper Collins Bible Dictionary, Revised Edition [book review], edited by Paul J. Achtemeier, with the Society of Biblical Literature (NY: Harper Collins, ).
Mar 23, Scott Croft Looking for a completely countercultural path to marriage? Here’s how to apply God’s Word to dating, finding a spouse and getting married. The system today’s young men and women have inherited for finding and marrying a future spouse leaves a lot to be desired. We often hear complaints from readers about the confusion, hurt and sexual sin they’ve encountered despite their best intentions.
Many want to know how they can go about getting to know someone and eventually getting married without getting hurt or compromising their faith. At Focus on the Family, we’ve offered a range of resources and expert advice bringing biblical principles to bear in this area. Some of the messages we’ve presented have taken the position that Christians can apply their faith in such a way that they can still work within the system they’ve inherited. Other messages have stressed that Christians need to be much more counter-cultural.
Joshua Harris, for instance, has promoted a model of courtship that harkens back to a model used broadly before modern dating evolved. People attempting to follow a courtship model within today’s culture, however, often run into a lot of practical questions, such as, “What if her dad is unavailable or uninterested in being involved?
Scott Croft is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church where he teaches a seminar on friendship, courtship and marriage. He is also an attorney who is used to tackling tough questions. The answers he brings may be different from anything you’ve heard before.
It has come to refer to a form of inquiry whose purpose is to make discriminating judgments about literary and artistic productions. Thus, we speak of literary criticism, art criticism, music criticism, or film criticism as disciplines or fields of inquiry whose purpose is to review productions in their respective areas in order to discuss and appraise their significant features and judge their lasting worth. The aim of this field of biblical criticism is to establish the original wording or form of the biblical text insofar as this is possible.
Even with modern printing technology, what an author sends to the printer and what is actually printed may differ. In dealing with ancient texts, it is more difficult to determine what an author actually wrote for several reasons.
Biblical hermeneutics is the study of the principles of interpretation concerning the books of the is part of the broader field of hermeneutics which involves the study of principles of interpretation for all forms of communication, nonverbal and verbal.. While Jewish and Christian Biblical hermeneutics have some overlap and dialogue, they have distinctly separate interpretative.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Biblical criticism, defined as the treatment of biblical texts as natural rather than supernatural artifacts, grew out of the rationalism of the 17th and 18th centuries. In the 19th century it was divided between the higher criticism , the study of the composition and history of biblical texts, and lower criticism , the close examination of the text to establish their original or “correct” readings.
These terms are largely no longer used, and contemporary criticism has seen the rise of new perspectives which draw on literary and multidisciplinary sociological approaches to address the meaning s of texts and the wider world in which they were conceived. A division is still sometimes made between historical criticism and literary criticism. Historical criticism seeks to locate the text in history: Literary criticism asks what audience the authors wrote for, their presumptive purpose, and the development of the text over time.
Historical criticism was the dominant form of criticism until the late 20th century, when biblical critics became interested in questions aimed more at the meaning of the text than its origins and developed methods drawn from mainstream literary criticism. The distinction is frequently referred to as one between diachronic and synchronic forms of criticism, the former concerned the development of texts through time, the latter treating texts as they exist at a particular moment, frequently the so-called “final form”, meaning the Bible text as we have it today.
History[ edit ] Both Old Testament and New Testament criticism originated in the rationalism of the 17th and 18th centuries and developed within the context of the scientific approach to the humanities especially history which grew during the 19th. Studies of the Old and New Testaments were often independent of each other, largely due to the difficulty of any single scholar having a sufficient grasp of the many languages required or of the cultural background for the different periods in which texts had their origins.
We are not told how old he was when he fled to Haran nor given his age when any of his children are born. It is possible, however, to work out when Joseph was born. We are told Joseph was 30 when he was appointed over the land of Egypt Genesis There followed seven years of plenty and, in the second year of the famine, Joseph revealed himself to his brothers Genesis Jacob came down to Egypt when he was years old Genesis
Bells – Supernatural Enchantment and a Biblical Perspective. In and , many giant bells have been cast and honored, with eight featured in a barge leading the massive flotilla for Queen of England’s Diamond Jubilee celebration, the largest ringing bell in Europe for the opening day and ceremony of London Olympics and nine in celebrating the th anniversary of the Notre Dame.
CBS has given me ownership of my faith through the study of the Word. The knowledge and wisdom I receive from these professors does more than fill in the head, it fashions the heart. And their belief in me constantly fortifies my ability to minister effectively. Given the direction our society is heading and my increasing sphere of influence, I soon realized it was time for me to draw a line in the sand and cross it. CBS has brought me over that line and into a place of transformational service to the church and the world!
The biblical counseling and worldview courses also equipped me to serve more effectively at the pregnancy center I now direct. CBS definitely exceeded my expectations! Moreover, CBS has transformed my ministry to the homeless.
Talmudical hermeneutics Talmudical hermeneutics Hebrew: One well-known summary of these principles appears in the Baraita of Rabbi Ishmael. They considered this oral tradition to set forth the precise, original meanings of the words, revealed at the same time and by the same means as the original scriptures themselves.
Biblical criticism is an umbrella term for those methods of studying the Bible that embrace two distinctive perspectives: the concern to avoid dogma and bias by applying a non-sectarian, reason-based judgment, and the reconstruction of history according to contemporary al criticism uses the grammar, structure, development, and relationship of language to identify such.
I believe the non-trinity view of Allan Cronshaw is correct. Christ lived an example life for us and the begettal was part of the “example” and was also necessary for him to become free of the cycle of birth and death forever just as it can be for us. The Bible records that Christ is the firstborn of many brethren Colossians 1: Christ was the pace setter, the trail blazer, the initiator of a new and improved way for us to achieve God Consiousness.
If after reading Allan Cronshaw’s article you wonder how could Christ be God in the flesh and yet become the begotten Son of God at his baptism – Please read Understanding God for it explains that God exists in both the Uncreated realm and the created Realm simultaneously. See also The Heavenly Prince Melchizedek for a text that wasn’t corrupted that supports the view that Christ’s life years ago was not the first incarnation of God on this earth.
By Allan Cronshaw Modern day Christian doctrine rests upon the premise that God preserved the Bible in an absolute infallible and pure state, in order that all men should know the historical truth and believe in the Son of God. Their doctrinal position is that if God permitted the Bible to have been altered, then the present day church could not be genuine. Based upon this dogmatic presumption that the Christian Church must be maintained in order for man to be saved, they reason that God would not allow the written word of the scriptures to be corrupted.
Thus, modern Christians cling to this doctrine — ignoring overwhelming evidence to the contrary — evidence that demonstrates conclusively that our Bible has been severely altered and edited — because they fail to grasp the very foundational principles of the New Covenant itself — principles that are not historical, but spiritual. It is not until we understand that the Bible is a road-map that leads us to the Gate of the Kingdom, and the Word that is written in our hearts — rather than a final revelation from God to man — that we are able to even begin to come to terms with the Spiritual Gospel of Christ that can never be corrupted.