X Marks the Spot? A Critique of the Use of Chiasmus in Macro-Structural Analyses of Revelation

chiasmus |kīˈazməs| noun; a rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form. I do not believe that the ancient writers were intending to structure their texts through a chiasmus. It is not a valid hermeneutical category for New Testament studies. […]

Craig Evans on Hebrews and the General Epistles Written to JEWISH Believers

VIDEO: Craig A. Evans on The People, the Land and the Future of Israel According to the Book of Hebrews and the General Epistles

Avoiding the Word Concept Fallacy – A Lesson in Biblical and Theological Interpretation – Ep. 12

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/012-Word_Concept_Fallacy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed I talked about the very common word fallacy called the “word-concept” fallacy. I explained why it is important to understand this fallacy of biblical interpretation because it impinges upon our theology of biblical prophecy. I then defined the word-concept fallacy, that it is an assumption that […]

Be Aware of the One Who Invokes “Possibility” in Their Biblical Interpretations

Exegesis (i.e. biblical interpretation) has never been about “possibility.” It has always been about “probability.” I frequently come across interpretive conclusions where the language of “possibility” is invoked, by both those who read Greek and Hebrew, and those who don’t. I have noticed that some use this ploy when they approach a text with a […]

When Does the Binding of Satan’s Thousand Years Begin? – Revelation 19:11–20:3 Supports Premillennialism, not Amillennialism – Ep. 3

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/003-Revelation_20.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedI talked about what the millennial debate is not about, and what it is about. Many interpreters frame the wrong question when they engage the millennial debate. This allowed me to introduce the most fundamental principle of interpreting the Bible, which is to ignore chapter breaks. I […]

What Does the “Gap Theory” and Pretribulationism Have in Common?

I want to illustrate the inconsistent hermeneutic of many pretribulationists. Pretribulationists often pride themselves on having a consistent, sound, and valid hermeneutic; that is, interpreting Scripture in its “natural, normal, customary sense” (which begs the question, because everyone wants to claim this high-road hermeneutic, as if it is that simple). Pretribulationists are mostly young earth […]

A Sound Method to Studying the Doctrine of Christ’s Second Coming

One of the problems of the blog format is that good blog posts can get buried quickly in the archive. There are blog posts that I have worked hours on only to be posted for one day being buried by other blog posts that took sixty seconds to create by linking to something else. So […]

The Beginnings of Amillennialism

The Beginnings of Amillennialism: Defective Hermeneutic, Spiritualizing, Anti-Jewish, Anti-Physical, and Over-Realized Eschatology I love the Reformers, Calvin, Luther, Zwingli, Carlstadt, et al. But they did not go far enough in their reforms, especially in their eschatology. However, we cannot blame them for they were preoccupied with reforming the doctrines of Scripture, Salvation, and the Church from the […]