Life in Community

Prof. Matt Skinner, in a podcast for the lectionary for Feb. 16 on Working Preacher.com,  talked about considering the larger good of the people around you when responding to the Sermon on the Mount, especially "be reconciled to your brother or sister."  (Matt.

New Covenant and Forgiveness of Sins

Only in Matthew's gospel does Jesus say...This is the blood of the new covenant shed for you and for many FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS...what exactly do you think/believe that Jesus meant by that?

Pharmakeia?

I have been struggling with understanding the Greek word Pharmakeia (Strongs 5331) as found in the New Testament. What exactly is Pharmakeia? Is it really the use of medication? What was Pharmakeia in biblical times? What is modern Pharmakeia? I would like an in depth/exhaustive answer on the context and meaning of Pharmakeia in biblical times and how it relates to our time.

Healing and Demons

The accounts I find most problematic in the Gospels concern Jesus healing others of various diseases by casting out evil spirits or demons.  Obviously, today we know that diseases are not caused by demons.

Is that really what Jesus and his disciples did?  If so, how can I as a Christian learn to heal the sick as Jesus did?

If not, what in the world is going on here?

Garden of Eden?

 What can you tell me about the Garden of Eden? Where is it supposed to be located?

Translations of Eliphaz' First Discourse

I am conducting a comparison study on Eliphaz' first discourse  (Job chapter 4). Why is there difference between the NRSV, AV, and the AKJV? For example there seem to be additional lines in some versions while other seem to omit a couple of verses.

The Behemoth in Job

What is the Behemoth in Job 40:15-24? I heard that some people think it is a dinosaur because of how its tail is compared to a cedar. I heard that it is also some kind of chaos monster that only God can control. I am not sure what it is.

David as Messiah?

Why does Jeremiah 33, Ezekiel 34, 37, Hosea 3, Isaiah 55, Psalm 89 all seem to say David is Messiah, the true shepherd and coming one, and even the pierced one of Psalm 18, Zechariah? Was David paying for his sins as Jesus, and now returns?

The creation of Adam and Eve

I have a question regarding the creation of Adam and Eve.  Were they the only humans created by God or were they simply the first of many of mankind to be created during the recorded time of man's arrival into existence?  And could this explain the many cultural/religious variations in our society today?

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