Oh Be Careful Little Ears…

Who would we be –and where– without those individuals who gave us the guidance and benefits of their wisdom accrued over the years of their experience. The powerful influences of those who have been our benefactors have left an indelible mark upon our lives in more ways than we often can be thankful for. Of …

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Proverbs 1-9 and the Teaching of Wisdom

The book of Proverbs was the first book of the Bible that I read as a new Christian in 1996. It called my attention and spoke to me with wisdom that I did not have. It literally saved my life. I come from a street gang background, and after leaving it behind for Christ I …

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Little Did They Know: The Prose Sections of Job (1:1-2:13; 42:7-17)

The prose section of the book of Job receives a variety of approaches, but the most consistent approach is to treat it as a separate folk-tale which existed independently than the present canonical form. This “campfire” tale, or this moral free legend, had grown sufficient credibility to take on a permanent form within a community. …

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On the Relationship between 2 Peter and Jude

[Note: This is an independent study Advanced Critical Introduction to the New Testament graduate course paper from 2005. Aside from some reformatting and stylistic emendations, the viewpoint argued for has not been altered. Furthermore, the thesis is still held to have the merit as maintained here. Not all will be satisfied with the argumentation, but …

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Canonization of Scripture and 2 Peter 3:15-16

2 Peter 3:15-16 is a New Testament curiosity because it appeals to a body of Paul’s letters. This raises questions about the New Testament canon, its development, and the relationship between Peter’s letter and a collection of Paul’s letter. [This is some research I did back in college that I cleaned up some.]

The Value of Godly Women to the Church

Define value. Dictionary definitions notwithstanding, John Keats (1795-1821) begins his poem, “Endymion,” with the words, “a thing of beauty is a joy forever.” Keats speaks to the power that people —their character and actions— have in retrospect. “That, whether there be shine or gloom o’ercast, They always must be with us, or we die.” The …

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