Category Archives: Bible

Christ’s “Munus Triplex” at His Baptism

The Synoptic accounts of Jesus’ baptism evoke powerful Old Testament allusions which confront the reader with ears to hear with Christ’s munus triplex, as prophet, priest, and king. At Jesus’ baptism, the Father declares, “σὺ εἶ ὁ υἱός μου ὁ ἀγαπητός … Continue reading

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The New Jonah

As C. Kavin Rowe and Richard Hays have shown (among others), NT writers sometimes tell us readers that Jesus is the LORD God, and sometimes show us. The story of Jesus’ quelling the storm on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4) … Continue reading

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Isaiah and Micah on Jerusalem’s Inviolability

Isaiah and Micah were contemporaries, both prophesying in the late 8th and early 7th centuries, during the reigns of Jotham, Achaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah (cf. Isa 1:1, Micah 1:1). Interestingly, these two seem to have had quite different … Continue reading

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Gift of God

In his conversation with the Samaritan Woman, Jesus says, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee … Continue reading

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Exile as Courtship

In Hosea 2, the LORD vents his frustration against his adulterous wife, Israel, threatening to strip away the good gifts he’d given her, which she had used in fornicating with her lovers, the Baals (2:1-13). At 2:14, however, there’s a … Continue reading

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The Baptizer Beheaded at Esther’s Banquet

The Gospel of Mark includes a digression on the execution of John the Baptist, who was imprisoned by Herod Antipas for his incautious remarks about the king’s illicit marriage to his brother’s wife (Mk 6:16-18). Herod was reluctant to kill … Continue reading

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Jesus as SNOOT

“SNOOT,” in David Foster Wallace’s lexicon, stands for “Syntax Nerds of Our Time,” and Jesus shows himself to be one in his argument with the madding crowd in John 6:27-40. They demand that Jesus do another miracle to demonstrate his … Continue reading

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Water and the Spirit

Jesus tells Nicodemus, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (Jn 3:5). What does this mean? The reading that’s most attractive to me sees “of water and of the … Continue reading

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In The Last Days

When Peter quotes from the prophet Joel at the end of his Pentecost sermon, he seems to begin the quotation with the words, “And it will be in the last days, says the LORD, I will pour out my Spirit … Continue reading

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Matthew’s Earthquakes

Matthew, alone among the Evangelists, reports that at Jesus’ death, there was a great earthquake and that many who had died were suddenly raised to life (Matt 27:51-52). Indeed, Matthew has an unusual fascination with earthquakes: he reports three of them (8:24, … Continue reading

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