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Matthew 5:1-12; The Beatitudes (Historical Backgrounds)

posted by Mike Nappa

Jesus’ final beatitude (Matthew 5:11-12) differs from the earlier ones in its specificity and personal application. Up to this point, Jesus has used general pronouns as the object of blessing. For instance, “blessed are those…blessed are they…” Beginning in verse […]

Matthew 4:18-22; The Calling of the First Disciples (Historical Background)

posted by Mike Nappa

Jesus told Simon Peter and Andrew that he would make them “fishers of men.” The image there was grounded in the fisherman’s trade on the Sea of Galilee. Unlike our modern picture of a single man casting line off a […]

Matthew 2:19-23; The Return to Nazareth (Historical Backgrounds)

posted by Mike Nappa

Matthew reports that Joseph was afraid to live in Judea under the rule of Herod’s son, Archelaus—and apparently with good reason. After Herod the Great died, there was a power struggle among his sons over who would inherent his kingdom. […]

Matthew 2:13-18; The Escape to Egypt (Historical Background)

posted by Mike Nappa

Matthew reports that “Herod” was the bloodthirsty king who ordered the mass murder of all boys aged two and under in Bethlehem and the surrounding area. (2:16). History knows this king as “Herod the Great,” though “great” seems a stretch […]

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Matthew 5:17-20; The Fulfillment of the Law (Theological Commentary)
In the time when Jesus walked the Earth, the Pharisees and teachers of the Law were regarded by Jewish society as easily the most righteous of all people. They spent day and night studying and codifying Scripture for themselves and others (much like today's pastors, theologians and Bible Study Nerds

posted 12:00:35pm Aug. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 5:17-20; The Fulfillment of the Law (Cultural Commentary)
In the modern practice of the Christian faith, we often live as though the New Testament has abolished the Old Testament, and therefore the Old Testament can be ignored. That was not Jesus’ view. “Not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law

posted 12:00:34pm Aug. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Bible Resource Spotlight: Illustrated Life of Paul
Reader Appeal: Seminary Professors and Students Genre: Biography / History FBSN Rating: C+ As far as biographies go, the Illustrated Life of Paul can seem a bit dry. It comes off as more of a “travel guide to the life of Paul” than an actual story of Paul’s life. Author, Charles L. Q

posted 12:00:41pm Aug. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 5:17-20; The Fulfillment of the Law (Bible Difficulties)
Jesus’ vehemence about the sacredness of the Law and the Prophets seems to contradict his other teaching and actions, particularly in his flagrant disregard for Sabbath rules and his teachings on ritual purity. Does that mean he was lying, or worse, simply placating his Pharisaical opponents with

posted 12:00:33pm Aug. 13, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 5:13-16; Salt and Light (Word Study)
It seems significant that, in Matthew 5:16, Jesus commanded his followers to “let your light shine before men.” Notice that Christ didn't command people to “make your light shine before men,” or even to “ignite your light before men.” The emphasis appears to be on our response to the

posted 12:00:40pm Aug. 11, 2014 | read full post »


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