Nijay Gupta shares his final post in this helpful series on best commentaries by listing two essential works on Philemon.[Read more…]
by Adam Winn | University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Rome and Rome’s empire have always been recognized as significant pieces of the New Testament’s background. It was a Roman governor who sentenced Jesus to die on a Roman cross. It was a Roman centurion who was the first Gentile convert in Acts. It was on Roman roads that Paul traveled to bring the gospel of a crucified Messiah to the Gentile world. And it was to the Roman government that Paul and Peter demanded Christians give obedience and proper respect.[Read more…]
Learning to read Koine (or biblical) Greek is essential, if you are training for church ministry, an academically focused career in biblical studies, or simply as a means to reading the New Testament in its original language.
Even while I was in seminary, however, there was pressure to learn to read Attic, or Classical Greek. I was inspired to expand my narrow horizons beyond the NT, to begin reading Homer, Sophocles, and Plato. Indeed, even on this blog, we recently posted an article encouraging people to read widely throughout the corpus of Classical Greek literature. [Read more…]
Why the Apostles Rarely Mention the Kingdom
You may have noticed that “kingdom” language is frequent in the Gospels and in Jesus’ teaching particularly, but that it almost disappears in the rest of the NT. After examining every instance of βασιλεία in the NT, I compiled the following data. [Read more…]