How should we understand the story of Noah in Genesis 6-9? What are some of the issues involved? Dr. John Walton of Wheaton College explains.
What is the ancient Near East? Is it useful for understanding the Bible? Dr. John Walton explains that without knowing the ancient background to texts, we may be tempted to fill in the gaps with our own modern cultural notions rather than the ones the biblical text assumed.
The Old Testament describes three major feasts that became part of the Jewish annual calendar, each having its own unique theological significance for the community. In this article, Jeremiah Garrett summarizes their history and locates them in the Bible's story.
Paul wrote a letter to the Romans, but what did this church look like, and where did it originate from? In this helpful article, Jason Myers shares the internal evidence and important historical information that gives us insightful clues to help us understand this all-important work of literature.
How should we understand Genesis 2 in light of Genesis 1? What are the issues involved? Is Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 portraying the same event? Dr. Sandy Richter leads us in discussion on how to read Genesis 2.
In this video, John Walton uses ancient Near Easter evidence to make the case that the creation narratives in Genesis are about function and order, not material origins. Watch to find out how this has a bearing on our interpretation of these events and how this relates to faith and science.
Dr. Ben Witherington III offers us an introduction to the book of Romans, highlighting key points of background history that are important to keep in mind as we read the letter. In doing so, he reminds us that the work is an occasional letter, not a systematic treatment of or introduction to Christian doctrine.
Who wrote the Gospels? Higher criticism of the Bible challenges the traditional attributions of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In this Seven Minute Seminary, Ben Witherington explains how authority and authorship worked in the ancient world and how this relates to the four Gospels.
Ben Witherington maintains that behind Paul's theologizing in Romans and other letters is not abstract ideas like God's sovereignty, grace, nor even some order of salvation. Rather, it is stories—including that of Adam, Moses, and Jesus. This is what we might call Paul's narrative thought world.
What is covenant according to the Bible? In this Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. John Walton explains that a covenant is more than a political agreement, administrative concept, or a promise. In the Old Testament, the covenant is God's initiative to reveal himself so that by knowing God, they might have a relationship with him.