38. St. John Declares that Jesus Christ is the Eternal Logos – Creator of the Universe

When John called Jesus “the Logos” in chapter 1 of his Gospel, did he have the Greek philosophical term in mind, or was he simply using the Greek generic term for “word” as he uses in other places in his New Testament writings? This is the operative question. Scholars debate just how much the Greek […]

37. Philo’s Breakthrough with Logos – from Greek Abstraction to Living Being

In this post, I will discuss how Philo of Alexandria put Hebrew flesh and bone on the Greek abstract concept of logos. This made the idea of the logos so significant that, I would argue, it was the only word John could have used in chapter 1 of his Gospel. (Please see the previous post […]

36. Philo of Alexandria -a Jewish Perspective of Logos

Let’s continue our journey from Heraclitus’ idea of Logos to St. John’s application of the Logos to the Son of God. In post 35, I discussed how the Stoics took Heraclitus’ idea of the logos and expanded it to include the idea of eternal recurrence – the continual destruction and rebirth of the entire universe.1 […]

27. Jesus, Food for a Spiritually-Starved World

Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The word Bethlehem means “house of bread.” After he was born, he was laid out in a manger. A manger is a feeding trough. 

20. Abraham is Justified by Faith and Works

There is a grand unity to the Bible. The story of Abraham itself can seem confusing because there are so many moving parts to it. But the story of Abraham fits together as a unified whole around the theme of covenant. Below is the outline that I will use to discuss the Abrahamic covenant so […]

19. Abraham’s Hope in Sacrificing his Son Isaac

There is a grand unity in the Bible. The story of Abraham itself can seem confusing because there are so many moving parts to it. But the story of Abraham fits together as a unified whole around the theme of covenant. Below is the outline that I will use to discuss the Abrahamic Covenant so […]

18. God Commands Abraham to be Circumcised as a Sign and Seal of the Covenant

There is a grand unity to the Bible. The story of Abraham itself can seem confusing because there are so many moving parts to it. But the story of Abraham fits together as a unified whole around the theme of covenant. Below is the outline that I will use to discuss the Abrahamic covenant so […]

17. Do not be Afraid Abraham for Your Reward will be Very Great

  After the blessing by Melchizedek, God appeared to Abraham in a vision and said:  “Do not be afraid, Abraham, I am your shield, your reward shall be very great.” 

16. Abraham’s Trying Challenge and Melchizedek’s Rich Blessing

In post 15, I discussed how the flocks of Abraham and Lot grew so large that they had to separate. Abraham gave Lot first choice on where he wanted to settle. He chose to be close to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Eventually we find him living in the city of Sodom. Abraham Goes […]

15. Abraham Worships God in the Midst of the Canaanites

As mentioned in a previous post, after Abraham’s father Terah died in Haran, God renewed His call to Abraham to go to the land of Canaan. At that point, the text in Genesis 12:5 says: “He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired […]