Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 4

Part 4?! “Hasn’t this gone on a little long, Adam?” you might ask. Maybe. If you’re just discovering this series of posts, part 1 is a survey of ancient literature where Melchizedek is discussed or is a character in both Jewish and Christian sources. Part 2 is the presentation of a series of contemporary scholars … More Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 4

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Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 3

One must understand Melchizedek in the Old Testament before one can understand him in the New Testament. This week’s brief post looks at Melchizedek’s two OT appearances, then treats the context surrounding the Melchizedek/Christ comparison in Hebrews 7. For part 1, looking at the history of interpretation regarding Melchizedek, especially in Gen. 14, click HERE. … More Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 3

Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 2

Last week, I introduced several literary threads regarding Melchizedek in ancient Jewish and Christian sources. Melchizedek is treated in various ways in Jewish texts. In a number of Christian sources, I showed a significant trail of thought where several scholars see the Melchizedek/Christ comparison in Hebrews 7 as typology. This week, I intend to survey … More Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 2

Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: A Typology

The name “Melchizedek” conjures cloudy images, if anything at all. He is a figure who has a brief role in the narrative of Genesis 14, where Abraham encounters him after the patriarch’s rescue of his nephew Lot. As suddenly as Melchizedek arrives on the scene, he is gone again. Anyone reading the Bible could look … More Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: A Typology

Returning in May

Maybe only the Google bots noticed, but the frequency of the posts here has dwindled of late. I am well into my Spring term, neck deep in paper writing, Hosea translating, researching on teaching adults, and other unspeakable projects (ok, maybe not so unspeakable: I’m taking Reading French, too). I will return with more posts … More Returning in May

For Your Consideration: Two Online Resources for Studying Paul’s Missionary Journeys

The book of Acts records a highly detailed account of the apostle Paul’s missionary journeys. We can read about every town or city he visited, and in what order. Luke did not record some other mundane details, however, including the costs of the trips, exactly how long it would take to get from one place … More For Your Consideration: Two Online Resources for Studying Paul’s Missionary Journeys

Mark 7:24-30 – Does it represent a historical event?

The issue of miracles has long been a matter of contention between those who allow for their possibility (or likelihood) and those who disagree. At the center of the Christian perspective on miracles is the person and work of Jesus Christ. If a reader of the Gospel of Mark, for example, does not consider the … More Mark 7:24-30 – Does it represent a historical event?