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Bible Exposition

Mosaic Authorship of Deuteronomy 34: Plausible or Preposterous?

Did Moses write the last chapter of Deuteronomy? In the vein of redaction criticism, it is commonly claimed that Mosaic authorship of Deuteronomy 34 is impossible or implausible, because it records Moses’ death. The difficulty, most claim, is that someone (i.e., Moses) would record the details of his death before he actually died. It’s cryptic … Continue reading

Hermeneutics

What is Hermeneutics, and Why Should We Care?

My doctoral advisor, Dr. Stanley Porter, writes a bit on the conference he is participating in in honor of Dr. Anthony Thiselton of Nottingham University. The conference is appropriately on biblical hermeneutics. Read it here: What is Hermeneutics, and Why Should We Care?. Continue reading

Christian Living / Culture

Underground at my Undergrad (Part 2): Some Important Clarifications

After publishing my previous post, I had some insightful discussions, including one with a good friend of mine who is particularly keen on the issues I addressed. These discussions resulted in my desire to clarify some statements I made and terms I used, which may not have accurately conveyed what I had originally intended. I … Continue reading

Christian Living / Culture

Underground at my Undergrad (Part 1): The LGBTQ club at Biola and a Word on Approaches

Last week, a bunch of flyers were seen on campus at my alma mater, Biola University, advertising an underground LGBTQ group (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer; for those unaware), whose purpose is to “share our life struggles, as well as our love and support for one another” (see the full self-description here). For those of you who don’t … Continue reading

Scholarship / Theology

Chief Ends and Ultimate Ends (Part 1): A Review of Jonathan Edwards’ Distinctions

Last weekend, a friend of mine, Tom Musetti, reminded me of an article by Jonathan Edwards, where he talks about the end for which God created the world (this, in fact, is the title of his article). He begins by identifying and distinguishing some key terms: chief end and ultimate end (along with subordinate end, inferior … Continue reading