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An Inclusive Olive-Tree (Romans 11:11-24)

Lyle Story (American Theological Inquiry, pp. 85-97) presents, essentially, a non-supersessionist commentary on Paul’s “olive tree” metaphor. Although not a recently published article (2010), it presents a solid hermeneutical treatment of the Romans passage and is worth consideration for anyone interested in the supersessionist debate.

Ancient Bethlehem seal unearthed in Jerusalem

An ancient Bethlehem seal has been unearthed in Jerusalem. The discovery is the oldest reference to Bethlehem ever found outside of the Bible, and with each of these finds archaeological minimalism increasingly loses its credibility. See additional information at The Christian Post.

Book of Nehemiah Found Among Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS)

Portions of nearly every book in the Hebrew Bible were represented in the DSS except Nehemiah and Esther. The Biblical Archaeological Society has published a brief article stating that for the first time more than two dozen previously unknown scroll fragments will be published, including the first known fragment of Nehemiah.

Egypt and Isaiah 19

With all that has unfolded in Egypt, I was not surprised to hear from ministries that focus on current events and biblical, end-times eschatology. What got my attention, however, was how two very independent ministries from the U.S. and Israel both drew specific focus to Isaiah 19:2-4, implying the passage was experiencing a present-day fulfillment. At first glance, Isaiah’s prophecy seems very appropriate to the current situation. But, as hermeneutic practice dictates, it became very clear that this passage is not necessarily all that it is being promoted to mean in terms of a present fulfillment of an ancient prophecy.

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