Though the Bible is the greatest book we could ever read or study, its unfamiliar manners, customs, and culture often make it difficult to fully appreciate.
A good understanding of this world creates a fascinating background for making the Bible come alive, and Bible study more interesting and meaningful. Greater insight into those times and places can help us more fully appreciate the Scriptures and respond to their great truths.
My hope is that this blog will serve as a useful tool for your own Bible study: a spellbinding journey into the world of the Father’s immense love, grace, and truth.
Fishing and fishermen form an important element in the New Testament narrative. Most of Christ’s earthly ministry centered around the Sea of Galilee. It is where he imparted most of his parables and performed all of his miracles, and 4 of the 12 apostles were fishermen. Read More »
Our Old Testament is the first and longer portion of the Bible. A collection of ancient Hebrew writings that not only contains the historical record of God’s promise to them and all of humanity, but also their primary text for moral instruction. Read More »
Simon Peter, how can we help but love him? Delightful in his spontaneity. Likeable in his gregariousness. Transparent and enthusiastic. Quick to act, and react. So sure of himself, yet at times timid and even cowardly. There is something genuine and endearing about Peter and his ways. Read More »
I had long struggled with sticking to Bible reading plans. They seemed ineffectual, almost useless. Most of them offered up tiny bits of Bible reading that left me thinking, “Well, that was a nice snack.” But I was still hungry. Read More »
Pagan societies in Biblical times devalued women, granting them little more dignity than animals. Even Greek philosophers, with their great learning, regarded them as inferior creatures by nature. Aristotle once said, “Woman may be said to be an inferior to man.” Read More »
Our word testament comes from the Greek diaqhkh, meaning “will, testament, or covenant.” The best translation, Biblically speaking, is covenant, as the Old and New Testaments are God’s covenants (or agreements) with humanity. Read More »