In what can only be called a strange sign of the times in which we live, Evangelical reaction to the election of a new Roman Pontiff ranges from mildly encouraged to wildly enthusiastic. Perhaps this only reflects the effete civility of our day. Perhaps it means that American Christians have entirely abandoned theology for politics. Or perhaps it certifies that Protestantism is dead. Whatever the reason, when a few have dared mention what was for centuries the settled opinion of the entire Protestant world – that any “Pope” is and must be Antichrist – many within their own ranks have cried foul.
Insults, Lies & Evaluations
If I call the Pope the Antichrist, do I insult him? After all, it’s not as though I said the Pope’s mother wears combat boots; I am making a more subtle and significant point. An accusation of “insult” requires definition. What is an insult…
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Every student of the Bible at one point or another comes to certain portions of Scripture that create confusion, perhaps mixed with a tinge of boredom or imagined insignificance. One such portion is the genealogies found across the Old Testament. This post will examine in cursory fashion a smattering of these genealogies, giving attention to some general considerations of their form, how they function in a text, and conclude with a brief word on the purpose they serve. In so doing, the reader will grasp the importance genealogies play in societies in general and that of the nation of Israel in particular. It is easy to assign one all-encompassing reason for the presence of genealogies in OT, but that would be reductionistic and ultimately unhelpful; genealogies are much more expansive and layered than most readers often assume.
In a sentence, genealogies are a record of…
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