Category: The Gospel of Matthew

Who is “the Son of Man”?

Jesus said, “I am; and ‘you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power,’ and ‘coming with the clouds of heaven.’” Mark 14:62, NRSV As we read through the Gospels we come across a phrase that Jesus uses… Continue Reading “Who is “the Son of Man”?”

Musings on Mark: The First Witness to the Empty Tomb

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. Mark 16:5, NRSV The ending of Mark’s Gospel is famous for what it doesn’t have, namely appearances of the risen… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: The First Witness to the Empty Tomb”

One Helluva Ride: The Triumphal Entry in the Gospel of Matthew

I was recently in a Twitter discussion with Twitter users @colinburgess and @bibhistctxt who had commented on this post I made: "The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and… Continue Reading “One Helluva Ride: The Triumphal Entry in the Gospel of Matthew”

Evangelical Eisegesis: SJ Thomason on “God’s Promises,” part 6

This is the sixth post in a seven-part series responding to the blog post “Babylon Will Never Be Inhabited” by pop-apologist S. J. Thomason. You can read the fifth post here. All biblical references, unless otherwise noted, are from the English Standard Version (Crossway,… Continue Reading “Evangelical Eisegesis: SJ Thomason on “God’s Promises,” part 6″

Evangelical Eisegesis: SJ Thomason and “God’s Promises,” part 5

This is the fifth post in a seven-part series responding to the blog post “Babylon Will Never Be Inhabited” by pop-apologist S. J. Thomason. You can read the fourth post here.. All biblical citations are from the English Standard Version (Crossway, 2001) unless otherwise… Continue Reading “Evangelical Eisegesis: SJ Thomason and “God’s Promises,” part 5″

Musings on Mark: Conflict Among the Synoptics

Καὶ εὐθὺς τὸ πνεῦμα αὐτὸν ἐκβάλλει εἰς τὴν ἔρημον. καὶ ἦν ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ τεσσεράκοντα ἡμέρας πειραζόμενος ὑπὸ τοῦ σατανᾶ, καὶ ἦν μετὰ τῶν θηρίων, καὶ οἱ ἄγγελοι διηκόνουν αὐτῷ. Mark 1:12-13 In the last “Musing on Mark” post, we addressed the “wild animals” comment that… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Conflict Among the Synoptics”

Evangelical Eisegesis: Greg Locke and Matthew 10:34

I’m frequently on Twitter interacting with theists and atheists alike. Both sides have a tendency to be woefully ignorant of biblical passages and both have a tendency to want to display that ignorance by commenting on or using biblical passages in this or that… Continue Reading “Evangelical Eisegesis: Greg Locke and Matthew 10:34”

Matthew’s Vision of Jesus: Jesus is the New Israel

Many things could be said about the Gospel of Matthew but perhaps the most obvious is its attempt to portray Jesus as the new and better Israel. Let me explain. Throughout the book, the author either alludes to or explicitly cites biblical passages that… Continue Reading “Matthew’s Vision of Jesus: Jesus is the New Israel”