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Notes and Comments

Exegetical and expositional articles on biblical passages, sometime excerpted from my past writing, sometimes floating ideas in current writing.

Today marks the most holy day of Judaism, and Jerusalem is eerily quiet. Known as Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement,” it occupies the...

In this category of posts, which I'm calling “Notes and Comments,” I will post excerpts from my recently published commentary on the book of...

Wednesday—yesterday—was Yom Kippur, and we are in the height of the fall Jewish holy season. This prompted me to write a bit on the...

Amos 3:1-11 High Summer! We're all in the full swing of travel, barbecues, sunscreen, sports, family and friends! I guess because I often go to Israel...

No doubt about it. The most worn out and frequent cliché in the realm of biblical study and teaching is the cry to "Make...

Another piece of poetry I always pull out and savor at Easter is the Easter Homily of John Chrysostom. I have not gone back...

I explained yesterday about the “afflction of soul” not being simply some kind of self-harm, but a fundamental blow to the arrogant human urge...

This post continues a series adapted from my commentary on the book of Judges in the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series (Tyndale) working out the framework needed...

Contemplating the events that transpired yesterday in Boston, the savaging of the runners and their friends and family during that part of the Boston...

So many times I hear people bashing the Old Testament, and especially the book of Joshua, for its violence. While the question is quite...

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