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God's Story. Our Story.

The Old Testament is new again!  The recent surge of interest in Biblical Theology is a true blessing as interpreters—and therefore pastors and their congregations—appreciate again the interconnectivity between the two testaments.  The result is a better understanding of how the Bible comprises one complete drama of God’s actions in history for the salvation of his people.

 

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Seed of the Serpent in 1 Samuel

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Seed of the Serpent in 1 Samuel

Last year at the Simeon Trust Workshop here in Indianapolis we studied 1 Samuel.  I was reminded of how much Genesis imagery is shot through the Saul and David narrative.  Particularly, Saul is increasingly cast as Genesis 3:15’s “Seed of the Serpent.”  Consider his demise in 31:8.  The Philistines strip off his armor and cut off his head!  Well, that’s just what David did to Goliath in 17:51, 54.  This seems like more than just revenge on the part of the Philistines for what David did to their great champion.  Rather, the author tells us this to paint both Goliath and Saul in the same colors! ...

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The Songs of the Messiah

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The Songs of the Messiah

Dr. Dieudonné Tamfu (Jubilee Community Church and Bethlehem College & Seminary), who recently dissertated on the book of Psalms, was in town to speak earlier this month on the Psalms!  His explanation of the movement through the Psalms opened my eyes to details I had been overlooking.  “Illuminating” and “extremely edifying” are the words that come to mind as I look back on those lectures.

I’m thrilled to post the lectures here for our September blog.  Listen and savor Jesus in the Psalms!

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What is the Joseph Story Really About?

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What is the Joseph Story Really About?

We're excited that Dr. Samuel Emadi will be teaching our Pre-Exilic Prophets course this fall.  He recently finished his dissertation, and wrote a summary of it for The Gospel Coalition earlier this month.  Here is a repost of that blog. 

Moses gives Joseph more time in Genesis than he does any other character—a striking fact given the significance of Genesis’s other main characters: Adam, Noah, and the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This prominence is even more striking considering the apparent insignificance of Joseph in the rest of Scripture. ...

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