Reading the Bible as Jesus Did

Thabiti Anyabwile gives pointers on how we can read the Bible to greater and more appropriate effect (4 min read; 891 words).

via Reading the Bible Like Jesus: Matt. 22:31 – Pure Church by Thabiti Anyabwile.

The Jewishness of the New Testament

This post explain just how the New Testament is as Jewish as the Old Testament (10 min read; 2,273 words).

bethinking.org – Bible + Jesus – The Jewishness of the New Testament.

HT The Poached Egg (Ratio Christi)

F.F. Bruce on Porneia in the Greco-Roman World (Gupta) | Crux Sola

In a brief excerpt from his commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians, F. F. Bruce explains why the apostles had to teach sexual purity – things we would have considered obvious – through the Mediterranean world.  (1 min read)

via F.F. Bruce on Porneia in the Greco-Roman World (Gupta) | Crux Sola.

Why Should We Keep Reading the Old Testament?

Q: Since we have the New Testament, and it’s about Jesus, why should we continue reading the Old Testament?

A: To better understand Jesus Christ. When we read about the apostles and all the disciples in the New Testament (NT) we should remember that the only Bible they had was what we call the Old Testament (OT). The apostles and disciples never expressed any dissatisfaction with the OT, and certainly didn’t wait for the NT to be written in order to proclaim Christ. By the Holy Spirit, they saw Christ from one end of the Old Testament to the other. And if our English Bibles capitalize OT quotes in the NT, we can see this for ourselves. Let us therefore keep looking for Christ in the Old Testament, for that is the ultimate purpose for which it was written.

This answer first appeared as a comment on a blog post titled “Three reasons to keep reading the Old Testament” by Aaron Armstrong, who writes at Blogging Theologically: Jesus, Books, Culture, & Theology.