The Bible and Culture
May 2010 Archives

CHAPTER TWENTY NINE: SPARRING WITH PHARISEES AND SADDUCEES It was mid-week by now, and Jesus continued to teach fearlessly in the Temple courts. On this morning the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They …Read More

CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHT: ANOTHER MEAL IN BETHANY, ANOTHER LESSON It was still several days before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own …Read More

CHAPTER TWENTY SEVEN: A GRAND ENTRANCE AND PROPHETIC SIGNS The day had come and the time was at hand for Jesus to do something he had never done before— make a grand entrance into a city, and not just any …Read More

CHAPTER TWENTY SIX: THE SUMMONS FROM BETHANY Eliezer, Jesus’ most beloved disciple had become gravely ill, so his sisters sent word to Jesus, “Master, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not …Read More

In the 9th chapter of Gary Anderson’s book on sin,  having established that sin could be viewed as a debt in Biblical times and thereafter,  he points out that the natural antinomy to such commercial language for sin was of …Read More

CHAPTER TWENTY FIVE: DOUBLE VISION Jesus and the disciples had come to Jericho, a city which another ‘Yeshua’/Jesus had made famous in ancient times. The city had become important again because Herod had built his summer palace there and various …Read More

CHAPTER TWENTY FOUR: RECONNOITERING WITH THE DISCIPLES The reunion with the disciples found them both positively excited but at the same time perplexed. On the one hand, they seem to have been received with appreciation in many places. On the …Read More

In Chapter Seven Anderson does his best to balance the scales of how early Jews including rabbinic ones view their God, by stressing that there is plenty of evidence of God being viewed as gracious and merciful,  finding ways to …Read More

CHAPTER TWENTY THREE: BETTER ONE DAY IN HIS COURTS Eliezer and the two sisters, and several other sympathizers gathered with Jesus very early the next morning to walk with him into the Temple courts. Word got out that he was …Read More

CHAPTER TWENTY TWO: BACK TO BETHANY The journey to Jerusalem this time had been relatively uneventful. Jesus was able to travel faster because he was alone. He had longed to spend some more time with Eliezer, Martha and Mary, and …Read More