James has a quote and then writes, Oh, I like that! It sounds like Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Imagine finding it in Deuteronomy! Idle musings of a bookseller: A new heart in Deuteronomy?. Agreed. Oh wait, you don’t know what James is really saying? I’ll help. What he is saying is that: Jeremiah’s heart and Ezekiel’s heart and the heart in Deuteronomy are all the same. Further, he is alluding to the fact that Jeremiah was the proto-prophet of Deuteronomy 18 and the new covenant of both Jeremiah and Ezekiel is Deuteronomy. James Spinti, as paraphrased by Joel Watts.
Admittedly, I wanted a passage for this work-up which was easy because my intention is not to focus on this text, but 2nd Samuel. However, here are some scratchpad thoughts. Suggests are welcomed and encouraged: Jeremiah 31:31-37 Preliminary Observations Christians have, since the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews, used Jeremiah 31.31-33 as a hallmark of the faith, in describing the new order of the Covenant in which Gentiles were now full participants. The original meaning of the text, however, looked forward to a future time in which the exile would be ended, Judah and Israel secure and
While doing the work up on this for my OT class, I noticed something which again reminds me of why I enjoy the NLT: JPS NLT NASB 35 Thus said the LORD, Who established the sun for light by day, The laws of moon and stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea into roaring waves, Whose name is LORD of Hosts: 36 If these laws should ever be annulled by Me — declares the LORD — Only then would the offspring of Israel cease To be a nation before Me for all time. 37 Thus said
One of the common explanations of the miraculous Creation, as many understand Genesis 1 to mean, is that God ignored natural laws/natural order along the same lines as the Resurrection, although we have two very different things there. This discounts all of the theories (facts) about the speed of light, the size of the universe and other such things which must be denied in attempting to prove that the 6-Day interpretation is the only inerrant interpretation of Genesis 1. In essence, they see to frame a literal interpretation of Creation as a miracle, something that is not actually seen
Textual Criticism is a necessary enterprise for the Church. Since the very beginning, men (women are off the hook here as for the longest, women simply weren’t allowed even power to pull stunts like these) have tried to change the Scriptures, what some of us call the Word of God.
We often like to read from and quote the prophets. But if you’ve ever met a real prophet you know that being in the presence of a real prophet can be very disturbing. Prophets were famous for goring every one’s ox. No one left the presence of a prophet untouched. So troubling were the prophets of old, including Jesus, that most of them were persecuted, jailed, stoned, exiled and killed. Most of the Biblical prophets were beyond controversial they were way over the top. Prophets denounced sin and injustice in the strongest language announcing doom to a nation that
Sirach 5:1-8 (1) Do not set your heart on your wealth, nor say, “I am independent.” (2) Do not follow your inclination and strength, walking according to the desires of your heart. (3) Do not say, “Who will hold power over me?” for the Lord will surely punish you. The Prophet Amos preached against the idea that wealth will shield you from the natural course of this world. It will buy you neither salvation or security from death. The greed that plagues our society is a great disease, bringing with it destruction, hatred, evil. It is not a sin