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A weekend reading review, because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Simon Anglim, Phyllis G. Jestice, Rob S. Rice, Scott M. Rusch, John Serrati.  Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World.  New York, NY: Saint Martin’s Press, January 1st 2003. 256 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you looking for a book on military history and military techniques during ancient times?  This book might be for you!  Written by a team of experts on military matters with academic and published credentials this book is quite informative and engaging concerning military matters of equipping, tactics and combat skills for warfare.  The work covers largely Europe and the Middle East before the advent of gunpowder.  While the subtitle of the book states it looks at 3000 BC-500 AD most of the book concentrates on the Greek and Roman classical period.
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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between November 8th-14, 2019.

1.) Ep. 45 – How To Be An Atheist – Ch.17 – Can God Ground Morality – Part 1

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3.) A Hippie Street Evangelist Led Me to God

4.) Is 2+2=4 more certain than God’s existence?

5.) How The Euthyphro Dilemma Appears To Be An Argument Against God’s Morality – Sober Skeptic

6.) Eli Ayala Interview: Conversation on Today’s Presuppositional Apologetics

7.)Dr. Poythress Interview on Missions, Language Presuppositional Apologetics and Theology

8.) Guest Post: Just the Facts!

9.) Book Review: John Frame, Nature’s Case for God

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the repost

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Dr. Vern Poythress is one of those incredible intellectual gift to the Church.  He’s a Christian professor, a Reformed theologian, New Testament scholar, expert on hermeneutics, linguist, a Presuppositional apologist and philosopher who was a prodigy that went to Cal Tech before he was 18 and have several doctorates including a PhD in Mathematics from Harvard University.

He’s recently was interviewed for a podcast on the Missions Podcast from ABWE International.  It’s a wonderful discussion on multiple things I’m excited about:  Missions, Language Presuppositional Apologetics and Theology!

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God’s World and Word Part 1

Psalm 19

 

Purpose: In this Psalm we shall see two truths in response to God revealing Himself in both His World and His Word.

  • Appreciate God’s revelation in the world (v.1-6)
  • Appreciate God’s revelation in the Word (v.7-9)

 

Introductory matters

  • Hebrew verse 1 of Psalm 19 indicates that this is written by David: “For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
  • According to William Barrick Psalm 19 clearly divides into two halves:[1]
    • The name of God changes: El (once) in verses 1-6, Yahweh (Jehovah; 7 times) in verses 7-14.
    • The content changes: the World Book in verses 1-6, the Word Book in verses 7-13.
    • The length of lines changes: longer lines in verses 1-6, shorter lines in verses 7- 14.
    • The application or illustration changes: the sun in verses 4-6, the servant in verses 11-14.
  • Also Psalm 18 and Psalm 19 connects with related terms and phrases:[2]
    • Compare 18:30 (“The word of the LORD is tried”) with 19:7-9.
    • Blameless”/“Perfect” (18:23, 25, 30; 19:7, 13).
    • Rock” and “Deliverer”/“Redeemer” (18:1-2; 19:14).
  • Next week we will look at application from God’s revelation in the world and Word (v.10-14)

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H.H. Hardy II. Exegetical Gems from Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, July 16th 2019. 224 pp.

4 out of 5

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The publisher have said of this book that it is “perfect for students looking to apply their Hebrew and for past students who wish to review the essentials of Hebrew grammar.”   But before you dismiss that this book is something you can overlook because you don’t know Biblical Hebrew consider the possibility that this makes a great gift (Birthday, graduation, Christmas, etc) for someone you know in seminary, ministry and those who teach God’s Word and want to learn Hebrew or do use Hebrew regularly for teaching and preaching!

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Is it OK to marry a Moabite?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction (along with the wording by the skeptics of  additional thoughts):

Yes

“13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And the Lord [a]enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a [b]redeemer today, and may his name [c]become famous in Israel. 15 May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you [d]and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child [e]and laid him in her lap, and became his nurse. 17 The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi!” So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.” (Ruth 4:13-17)

No

Now when these things had been completed, the princes approached me, saying, “The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, according to their abominations, those of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians and the Amorites. 2 For they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race has intermingled with the peoples of the lands; indeed, the hands of the princes and the rulers have been foremost in this unfaithfulness.” 3 When I heard about this matter, I tore my garment and my robe, and pulled some of the hair from my head and my beard, and sat down appalled.” (Ezra 9:1-3)

SAB gave this commentary: “Ezra was so upset when he heard that the Isralites were marrying Moabites (among others) that he rent his garment and mantle, plucked out the hair of his head and beard, and sat down astonished.”

In those days I also saw that the Jews had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab. 24 As for their children, half spoke in the language of Ashdod, and none of them was able to speak the language of Judah, but [b]the language of his own people. 25 So I contended with them and cursed them and struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and made them swear by God, “You shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor take of their daughters for your sons or for yourselves. 26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin regarding these things? Yet among the many nations there was no king like him, and he was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel; nevertheless the foreign women caused even him to sin. 27 Do we then hear about you that you have committed all this great evil by acting unfaithfully against our God by marrying foreign women?” (Nehemiah 13:23-27)

SAB gave this commentary: “Nehemiah was also upset by Israelites marrying wives from Moab; so upset, in fact, that he cursed all of them, smote some of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear not to give their daughters to Moabite sons, or take Moabite daughters for themselves or their sons.”

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following:  Be ready to rejoice with those who rejoice.

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