Old and new wineskins

Swept and Garnished

“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, ‘I will return into my house from whence I came out,’ and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he and taketh with himself seven other…

The spirit of Pentecost

The Wonderful Works of God

“We do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.” – Acts 2:11[1] “Jesus” is a modern English translation of the nominative Latin Iēsūs or Iēsous, which is a transliteration of Ἰησοῦς in Koine Greek (Strong’s).[2] This name is itself a transliteration of Yēshūăʿ in Late Hebrew, the Classical Hebrew name being…

Open up the Heavens

When Jesus Christ was baptized in the Jordan River, the heaven or heavens “opened.”[1] [See Matthew 3:16-17, Mark 1:9-11, and Luke 3:21-22.] The Holy Spirit descended like a dove as God the Father spoke audibly to everyone present. It was a public event. Heaven won’t open again publicly until Jesus’ Second Coming (Revelation 19:11). God’s…

Silver and Gold: Abraham

Silver and gold, silver and gold Ev’ryone wishes for silver and gold How do you measure its worth? Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth – “Silver and Gold” [lyrics by Johnny Marks] I have fond memories of this Burl Ives song, from the Christmas cartoon Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Yet silver and…

Nephilim: A Grammar Lesson

It became clear to me this past weekend how little I know about biblical (classical) Hebrew. I prefer modern languages, especially those with alphabets that resemble English. If this issue weren’t enough, I keep seeing spelling changes in biblical manuscripts. Why does this matter? I said in part two that “Nephilim,” which I transliterated as nĕphiyliym,…

The Nephilim Hoax (Part 2)

“The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them: the same were the mighty men which were of old, the men of renown.” – Genesis 6:4 (RV) Nĕphiyliym (פיִליםְִנְ) is the plural form…

The Nephilim Hoax (Part 1)

The Hebrew word nĕphiyl (נָפִיל H5303), often rendered “Nephilim” in modern Bibles, is at the center of a great controversy in Christian theological circles today. This word appears just three times in the King James Bible, as “giants.” Genesis 6:4: “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons…

C. S. Lewis and the Bible

I created a six-part series called “C. S. Lewis and the Bible.” In it, I discuss Lewis’s views on Genesis, the Incarnation, divine inspiration, and other issues. It behooves Lewis lovers to know what he believed on the source of Christianity: the Bible.