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Melanchthon on the Church and the Word (5)

In today’s selection, Melanchthon affirms both that the church has never ceased to exist, from its establishment in the time of Genesis all the way up to the present, and that it nevertheless has often been quite small. This he proves from, for example, the case of Noah. Still, God does not let the church […]

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Cyrus as “Messiah”

As far as I know, there is only one heathen ruler referred to in the Old Testament as a “messiah,” and that is Cyrus the Great of Persia. In Isaiah 45.1, one finds: … כֹּה־אָמַ֣ר יְהוָה֮ לִמְשִׁיחֹו֮ Thus Cyrus in the LXX is transformed into a “christ,” χριστός being the Greek equivalent of messiah: Οὕτως λέγει κύριος […]

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All That the Prophets Have Spoken: A Rejoinder to Feser Pt. 2

This is part 2 of a two-part reply. The first part is here. In my previous post I indicated that it would be helpful to provide a model for how the Jews could know the OT canon without an infallible magisterium, and in the following I will suggest how this process occurred. Any explanation for how […]

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“Nor Was This Spoken Only of This Ancient People”

For sinful man, “God with us” and “God for us” is grace from beginning to end. Moses’ prayer for pardon in Exodus 34 has reference not only to the ancient Israelites, but to all those who would be God’s inheritance, up to the present day. That is the thrust of Calvin’s comments on Exodus 34:8 […]

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The Comforting Doctrine of Divine Aseity

For centuries interpreters and translators have wrestled over the significance of the divine name in Exodus 3:14, and the debate shows no signs of abating. However, I want to offer one consideration on the matter that I have not seen mentioned elsewhere. Consider it exegetical grist for the mill. Bruce Waltke contends that Moses’ question […]

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Was Jesus a Pacifist? Part 3- Comparing the Old and New Testaments

The Old Testament and Pacifism We have already discussed how natural law rules out any type of moral or transhistorical pacifism. But now the foregoing analysis of the varieties of pacifism provides us with the ability to measure the consistency of pacifism with the OT.  The survey of the OT data above shows the Hebrew […]

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An Exegetical Case For Natural Law: The Hebrew Scriptures

In my introductory post, I attempted to define the concepts I will seek to exegetically support. The three hypotheses I have set out to prove are: (N1) there is an objective order to the universe of the kind described above (N2) this order is objectively visible; it is there to be seen, whether one is […]