April 28, 2016

General Articles

Below are articles related to various subjects that don’t necessarily fit into a single time period.

An Unblemished Male

…he is to bring an unblemished male. – Leviticus 1:3b (HCSB)

We know very little about Jesus’ childhood. We can speculate, however, based on what we know about the world in which he grew up. The Life and Times of Jesus The Messiah by Alfred Edersheim is considered by [Read more…]

Baptism in the New Testament

The English word “baptism” is based on the Greek word “baptisma” (noun) or “baptizo” (verb) which literally means “to dip, immerse, or submerge” (Vines, p. 96; Holman Bible Dictionary, p. 149; Wycliffe Bible Dictionary, p. 197). It is a practice honored by the Christian church since its earliest days with roots in Jewish practice dating before Christ. [Read more…]

Jesus’ Intimacy with the Father

The Son is not able to do anything on His own, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does these things in the same way. – John 5:19 (HCSB)

If we wish to understand the mind and heart of Jesus, then we must understand that which motivated him. The Apostle John, more so than the other Gospel writers, addresses the driving force behind Jesus’ words and actions. [Read more…]

Jesus, The Man

The New Testament clearly affirms both the deity (divine nature) and humanity (human nature) of Jesus Christ. This has always been a difficult concept to grasp, and it’s one that the Church has always wrestled with trying to explain. Nonetheless, the Church, historically, has always affirmed the idea. [Read more…]

Time Periods in the Life of Jesus

The life of Jesus can be divided into 8 periods of time. These 8 periods are not articulated in the Bible. Rather they reflect a careful study of Jesus’ life and the events of his life. We have identified these 8 time periods to help the user learn the general flow of Jesus’ life. [Read more…]

Narrative Explanation

In time, a narrative of each event will be provided. The narrative will be an excerpt of the text of The Holman Christian Standard Bible or a paraphrase of the event based on our own interpretation of the story or both. In each event we will try to let you know how we are approaching the narrative. When it’s not a pure excerpt of the Bible text, you should keep in mind that while it is intended to be a helpful tool, the narrative will be an interpretive paraphrase of the text and shouldn’t be given the same weight as the text itself. We recommend, therefore, that you always keep your Bible handy and continually refer to it in your study.