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April 18, 2022 | Bill Mounce
God's Gracious Gift of Suffering (Phil 1:29) - Mondays with Mounce
I heard a popular preacher the other day say that he will not accept any theology that allows for suffering. All suffering, he says, is outs...
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April 5, 2022 | Lee Fields
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1–2): The Artful Hebrew Bible
Being able to read Hebrew or even to use Bible study tools allows a person to observe patterns in the Hebrew Bible that cannot be replicated...
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April 4, 2022 | Bill Mounce
Was Jesus “Begotten” or Unique? - Mondays with Mounce
“Begotten” is the KJV translation of μονογενής in John 3:16. It describes the unique relationship of Jesus to the Father. However, the KJV ...
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March 28, 2022 | Bill Mounce
How can I be Perfect? (Matthew 5:48) - Mondays with Mounce
Jesus asserts that unless a person’s righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees and scribes, they will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Mat...
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March 7, 2022 | Bill Mounce
Biblical Contradictions: Jesus' Genealogy - Mondays with Mounce
Matthew and Luke have two different genealogies for Jesus, not even agreeing on the name of his grandfather. Is this a contradiction? I will...
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February 28, 2022 | Bill Mounce
Concordance or Meaning? (Matt 7:13–14) - Mondays with Mounce
When the biblical writer sets a parallel structure, I think it is important to try and keep that parallelism in translation. But there are t...
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February 23, 2022 | ZA Blog
Developing a Definition for Evangelism
In Evangelism in a Skeptical World, Sam Chan offers tools to equip Christians to share the gospel in a world growing increasingly suspicious...
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February 21, 2022 | Bill Mounce
Greek Word Order and Nuance (Eph 2:8–9) - Mondays with Mounce
There is meaning in Greek word order, but it is normally so nuanced that it can’t come out in translation. Ephesians 2:8–9 is one of the rar...
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February 18, 2022 | ZA Blog
Life after Death: the Afterlife in Greco-Roman Antiquity
The New Testament arises from a specific cultural context. Since we live in a post-New Testament world, it can be difficult to imagine that ...
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February 16, 2022 | ZA Blog
Phoebe: Deacon and Sister in the Early Church
Phoebe gets a lot of attention in discussions about New Testament gender roles. As the woman tasked with delivering Paul’s letter to the Rom...
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February 15, 2022 | ZA Blog
Jewish Sects During the Time of Jesus: The Revolutionary Movements
One mistake we make when approaching the New Testament is to assume that the culture in Israel was monolithic. At the time of Jesus, Israel ...
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February 14, 2022 | ZA Blog
Ruth and Boaz: A Cute Little Love Story or Much More?
In the second chapter of Ruth, we’re introduced to Boaz, a wealthy landowner and relative of Naomi’s late husband. Boaz treats Ruth with ten...
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February 11, 2022 | ZA Blog
The Curse of Ham and Biblical Justifications for Slavery
The ideological battle over slavery that led to the Civil War was fought on multiple fronts. For nineteenth-century churchgoers, this inclu...
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February 8, 2022 | ZA Blog
What Is the Nature and Purpose of the Gift of Prophecy?
One area where cessationists and continuationists can find themselves in sharp disagreement is around the topic of prophecy. In Understandin...
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February 7, 2022 | Bill Mounce
The Myth of “Literal Translations” (1 Tim 4:13) - Mondays with Mounce
Have you ever noticed that when you see something, perhaps something new or different, all of a sudden you start seeing it everywhere? You s...
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January 22, 2022 | ZA Blog
The New Covenant, Hebrews 8, and Christianity’s Relationship with Judaism
On some level, the Book of Hebrews is a book about covenants. At its heart, Hebrews focuses on the superiority of Christ’s covenant, encoura...
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