The Early Church and Common Property

In my last post, I laid out a plan for studying the behavior and consequent deaths of Ananias and his wife Sapphira, described in Acts 4:32-5:11. We’ll begin our study of by looking at marginal notes. What does Scripture mean when indicating that to members of the early church, “all…

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Ananias and Sapphira in the Book of Acts

In my last post, I wrapped up our look at Baruch and God’s message to him in Jeremiah 45. Today we’ll launch our three-part study of Ananias and Sapphira, whose misunderstood death has been the source of some wild speculation and some questionable conclusions. For instance, today there is at…

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The Family Tree of Baruch Revealed

In my last post, I wrote about marginal notes, an often-overlooked study aid right in front of our faces. Today, using some of the clues we discovered in the marginal notes, we will consult the Encyclopedia of the Bible and a couple of commentaries, which will help us learn about…

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Neighbor? Who Is My Neighbor?
Strangers, outsiders, neighbors, friends. How do you tell who is who?

Neighbor? Who Is My Neighbor?

In the last blog post, we diverted from our intention to move into the interpretation stage of our study. Finally, the moment has arrived. We are ready to ponder what it was that Christ was telling the lawyer who asked, "Who is my neighbor?" This question, as we have already…

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Who Is This Lawyer in Luke 10?
The Torah, the core of Law for Sadducee and Pharisee

Who Is This Lawyer in Luke 10?

In my last blog post, I indicated that this post would continue the interpretation phase of the inductive method. However, I realized that we had neglected to consider one crucial element. That element is the lawyer whose question prompted Christ to tell the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Who is…

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Just Who Were the Samaritans?
Samaritan high priest with a copy of the Samaritan Pentateuch

Just Who Were the Samaritans?

This week we'll wrap up the observation stage of our study of the Parable of the Good Samaritan. We'll do so by taking a closer look at the single most important note we made as we read through Luke 10. Just who were the Samaritans? This task is not as…

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Hades and Hospitality in Luke 10
The front and back of a denarius from the time of Augustus

Hades and Hospitality in Luke 10

Last week we looked at the remaining five cities among the eight we discovered in Luke 10. This week we’ll take a look at most of the other significant concepts we noticed through the chapter. We'll begin with the Greek word Hades. What is in the World is Hades? In…

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Major Cities Mentioned in Luke 10
The desolate road connecting Jerusalem to Jericho

Major Cities Mentioned in Luke 10

In contrast to the three relatively unimportant towns of Galilee in my last blog post are the five major cities. All of these cities of Luke 10 span the pages of the Old and New Testaments. We’ll divide the cities into two groups for our discussion. Benchmarks for Sin The…

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Geography in the Story of Samson

If you’re not careful, you might miss a couple of little words sprinkled throughout the story of Samson. Paying attention to these words—up and down—can enhance your understanding of geography and how it affected Israelite life during the period of the judges. The first verse of Judges 14 tells us…

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Betrayal in the Life of Samson

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more tragic story of seduction and betrayal than that of Samson and Delilah in Judges 16. If you’ve already read chapter 14, you already know of one of Samson’s great weaknesses. It’s in that chapter that Samson’s new wife pesters him for the answer…

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