What are the differences between the Sadducees and Pharisees?

The Gospels refer often to the Sadducees and Pharisees, as Jesus was in almost constant conflict with them. The Sadducees and Pharisees comprised the ruling class of Jews in Israel. There are some similarities between the two groups but important differences between them as well. The Pharisees and the Sadducees were both religious sects within Judaism during the time of … Continue reading What are the differences between the Sadducees and Pharisees?

How many times is “Hell” mentioned in the Bible?

By Michael R. Burch How often does the word "hell" appear in the original Hebrew Bible, which constitutes the Old Testament of the Christian Bible? As the table below demonstrates, according to the consensus opinion of modern Bible scholars, the word "hell" as a place of eternal suffering was never mentioned, not even a single … Continue reading How many times is “Hell” mentioned in the Bible?

We all have Theological Filters

By Jeff A. Benner A filter, such as the air filter in your car, is used to block unwanted debris, yet allow air to continue through to the engine. A theological filter works in much the same way, it is a mental filter that blocks unwanted information, yet allows the desired information to continue through to … Continue reading We all have Theological Filters

Inconsistent Translation of Hebrew Words for example “Heart”

by Jeff A. Benner https://www.ancient-hebrew.org/logo.htm I am often asked why my definitions of Biblical Hebrew words differ from all other resources available such as Strong's dictionary and why my translations of the Bible are unlike any other English translation. Most people believe that an English translation of the Bible is a fairly good representation of … Continue reading Inconsistent Translation of Hebrew Words for example “Heart”

Introduction to Ancient Hebrew

By Jeff A. Benner If you were given the choice of a fast food meal or one from a 5 star restaurant, which one would you chose? Both restaurants provide food, but I think most people would choose the 5 star restaurant as it provides, better food and a better atmosphere than a fast food restaurant. … Continue reading Introduction to Ancient Hebrew

What is Hebrew chiasm / chiastic / chiasmus structure in the Bible?

A chiasm (also called a chiasmus) is a literary device in which a sequence of ideas is presented and then repeated in reverse order. The result is a “mirror” effect as the ideas are “reflected” back in a passage. Each idea is connected to its “reflection” by a repeated word, often in a related form. The … Continue reading What is Hebrew chiasm / chiastic / chiasmus structure in the Bible?

About Hebrew Parallelism called Chiasmus

By Jeff A. Benner As Hebrew poetry is written much differently than our own Western style of poetry, many do not recognise the poetry which can cause problems when translating or interpreting passages written in poetry. Approximately 75% of the Hebrew Bible is poetry. All of Psalms and Proverbs are Hebrew poetry and many other books, … Continue reading About Hebrew Parallelism called Chiasmus

Did Enoch go to Heaven?

Hebrews 11:5 By trust Enoch was moved so that he would not see death, and he could not be found, because God moved him, for before he was moved he obtained the testimony that he pleased God. “moved.” The record of Enoch is in Genesis 5, and this verse specifically refers to Genesis 5:24. The … Continue reading Did Enoch go to Heaven?

The Definition of God is Important

A Definition of God The term “God” is often misunderstood by both Trinitarians and Unitarians, supposing that it refers to a KIND of being (WHAT God is in His nature and impersonal essence) or to simple Personhood (WHO God is as a Person). But the truth of the matter is that the term “God” primarily refers to a ROLE – God’s STATUS as the supreme authority over everything and everyone. The title “God” defines His Sovereign role and relationship over everything that He has originated.

Jesus was God’s Agent

Preface by Raymond Greek (western world) and Hebrew thinking is very different in so many ways. This has led the church misunderstand many key scriptures. The church leadership has not taught their congregations on these differences. It might be in part due to antisemitic tendencies in the church as a whole. Doctrines like replacement theology … Continue reading Jesus was God’s Agent