For anyone interested a  scripture scholar’s view of the role of Peter in the Gospels and Acts, the best book written to date is out-of-print.  Raymond Brown’s Peter in the New Testament is an impressive synopsis of his relationship to Jesus.  Before some of you get hot under the collar at the mere mention of […]

In the Gospels, the two foundational passages on Christian service are Mark 10:45, and John’s account of the footwashing at the Last Supper.  In Mark, Christ states very clearly that I did not come to be served but to serve.   For those expecting of Jesus a Messiah who would rule like David or Solomon, […]

Matthew wrote his gospel for a Judaic audience.  We know this for several reasons.  The encounters between Jesus and the scribes and pharisees is apologetic, with Jesus defending his words in actions in light of tradition.  Second, the Sermon on the Mount is an interpretation of Jewish law and tradition.  Third, there are frequent references […]

Greetings, this is my first post.  We’ll jump right in with some passages from the Tanakh (OT) that speak of the coming of the Messiah.  Of course, we know God promised the Israelites a king from the line the United monarchy.  For example, in 1 Kings 11, God speaks to Solomon of the impending division […]