Academic exegesis

Academic exegesis is that form of interpretation which copies academics or authority figures.  The Lord Jesus Christ cut through this in His teaching. Academic exegesis is seen in the translation of several biblical passages.  Bible versions are the product of teams of academic translators pooling their collective knowledge to produce a final decision on the …

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The majority of mankind will be saved

The majority of mankind will be saved – will you be among them? It is not uncommon to hear the depressing and unbiblical doctrine that only a minority of the human family will arrive in heaven. Various biblical texts are wrongly used to support this unbiblical idea. Jesus was asked: "Are there few that be …

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The Ark of Noah – and The Unsinkable Dream

I have just finished reading The Unsinkable Dream by Johan Huibers, the Dutchman who has built a full-sized replica of Noah's Ark. Its Dutch title is Let Your Dream Sail. It is a wonderful read about an amazing project with so many lessons that you should simply purchase the book for yourself. The Ark is …

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Metaphors and exegesis

Biblical exegesis is a wonderful God-given skill.  It enables the exegete to draw out of Scripture the meaning intended by the Holy Spirit, as opposed to imposing on Scripture a meaning that the reader has already determined (eisegesis -reading into Scripture one's own prejudices). There are many principles for exegesis, but one of them is …

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A summary of the opening chapters of Ezekiel

To understand Scripture, one needs to understand texts and passages in context. So a summary of Scripture chapters can be very useful to help us understand the context. I have been doing so for years for my Bible commentary, an on-going work that will probably be published posthumously. However, this does not prevent extracts coming …

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Was the rich young ruler actually Saul of Tarsus?

Most of those acquainted with their Bible have heard about the rich, young ruler.  He came to Jesus and asked him what he should do to inherit eternal life.  He received the surprising answer - to sell all that he had and follow Christ!  At this, he went away sad because he had great possessions. …

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Exegesis and eisegesis

As a divinity student in 1980 I came across the term 'exegesis' in reference to the exegesis of Scripture.  It means 'drawing out' the meaning of a written text and Scripture in particular. I was aware of the common problem of people reading into Scripture their own opinion and thus putting into Scripture something that …

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Titles in the book of Psalms

Are the titles in the first verse of many of the Psalms part of Scripture? Frequently one finds people omitting the titles when reading the Psalms publicly. Presumably they do not think that these titles are part of Scripture. This arises because in many versions of the Bible the title is made a separate verse, …

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