Craig’s first presentation at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in March, 2014 (to open by clicking the link, click the post first): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szP8ZgsVhbg

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Matthew’s narratives often concretely illustrate his teachings elsewhere. In Matthew 14:1-12, Herod Antipas executes John the Baptist. In so doing, he also violates at least four of Jesus’s six specific examples of sins in Matthew 5:21-48! (Herod Antipas was a son of Herod the Great, who tried to kill Jesus as a baby in Matthew […]

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(Continued from Part II)  Why didn’t more Canaanites join with Israel, as did Rahab and, in a sense, the Gibeonites? Most people understood their gods as ethnic gods, gods of their peoples. Becoming part of another people, especially the enemies of one’s people, was viewed as being a traitor. Although foreigners did find refuge in […]

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Reading through Joshua in Hebrew several years ago I had to keep putting it down. As a follower of Jesus, the prince of peace, I could not stomach the slaughter I was again encountering afresh. Revulsion is an appropriate response for those who understand God’s loving heart for people; as God said later, “Do I […]

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The conquest of Canaan in the Book of Joshua was supposed to be the sequel to the exodus: an oppressed people, now liberated, overcome insurmountable odds to make a home for themselves in a hostile country. Today, however, many criticize the book as a blueprint for genocide. Still more troubling, some people in history have […]

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David’s sin regarding Bathsheba and Uriah undermined the testimony of David’s past devotion to God. He had dishonored God’s name, and now God, who had graciously blessed him beyond measure, publicly shamed David. Because David was a leader in God’s household, his behavior affected many others and required strict judgment (12:14); God takes sin very […]

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Some people, reading the letter of James, have thought that it collects miscellaneous exhortations that do not fit together very well. When one examines it carefully, however, it becomes clear that it does fit together around some common themes. Some scholars argue that others helped James arrange his teachings, especially when they were circulated for […]

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19 Jul 2014, by

A personal note

I’m grateful to all of you who are regular readers of this blog. My friend Brian Stewart set up the blog with my approval and has made many of the posts from my earlier Bible studies (earlier posts can be accessed by Scripture reference or other tabs on one of the blog’s sidebars). More recently, I […]

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People sometimes quote Prov 23:7 to say that the real person is the person inside, the way a person thinks. This is a real principle—Jesus said that by their fruits you will know them (Matt 7:16-20) and that a person’s behavior issues from the heart (Matt 15:17-20). Getting it from this verse in Proverbs is […]

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Asbury’s website interviewed Craig here: http://asburyseminary.edu/academics/faculty/interviews/craig-keener/ Questions included the following: What’s your favorite scripture and why? My favorite biblical books (right now) are Acts and Revelation–though I wouldn’t want to do without any of the books of the Bible! In recent years I have been deeper and deeper in Acts, and feel increasingly at home […]

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