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 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 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 […]

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, Abram, 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 […]

14. God Makes a Covenant with Abraham

“Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your relatives and your father’s household to the land that I will show you. And I will make you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless […]

13. Abraham Called by God from Paganism to be a Blessing to the Nations

Abraham left Ur at about the same time that wandering tribes were entering what would eventually become Greece. For reference, this was about 1200 years before Homer wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey.1 

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