Category Archives: Biblical Theology

Biblical theology works with Scripture to discover meaning in texts which convey enduring truths of God.

“For the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword”: Re-deploy at will

Jeremiah 23:23-32 23 Am I a God near by, says Yahweh, and not a God far off? 24 Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says Yahweh. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says Yahweh. 25 I … Continue reading

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Evil, Deceiving Spirits from Yahweh & Yahweh’s “Inciting” Human Actions

Evil Deceiving Spirits from Yahweh

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Israel’s Varied Testimony Regarding Kingship

Israel’s Varied Testimony Regarding Kingship

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“A Taste of Home”

A Taste of Home

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The Full Law of “Loving Your Neighbor”: Parts I & II of the 2nd Greatest Command

Jesus’ teaching attacked the arrogance, the sense of entitlement, and the acts of oppression of those in power—Sadducees, Pharisees, Herodians—and others. As a consequence, he had enemies who confronted and tested him. Out of such confrontations  emerged this question put to … Continue reading

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Divine Justice (Theodicy), Innocent Suffering, & Dual Retribution (Causality) in Ancient Near Eastern Wisdom Thought & in Biblical Wisdom Literature

Divine Justice (Theodicy), Innocent Suffering, & Dual Retribution (Causality) in Ancient Near Eastern Wisdom Thought & in Biblical Wisdom Literature

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Yahweh Who Regrets, Relents, and Changes His Mind

Yahweh Who Regrets, Relents, and Changes His Mind

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Recommended Reading

John D. Fortner, Ph.D. / Fall 2015 Recommended Reading This list of 15 books is indicative of those that I have profited from (re-)reading in recent months. These works cover biblical theology, developments in early Judaism, and methodologies for the … Continue reading

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On “Business Model” Churches, “Christian” Institutions and “Stewardship”

Excerpt from the Parable about the Shrewd Manager:  Jesus to the disciples and to the  Pharisees “What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight” (Luke 16:15b).

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“God’s Waltz with Israel–and with Us” (Part Two in the series)”

God’s Waltz with Israel-and with Us (Part Two)  

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Divine Subversion of Political Hubris in Daniel

The book of Daniel is an example of “survivalist literature” in our Bible. As such, it is a tale for our own time. In it we hear voices of the community of faith who struggle to cling to faith and … Continue reading

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The Example of Jesus of Nazareth (Part One)

Example of Jesus of Nazareth (Part One) In some expressions of contemporary Christianity, the importance of the earthly life of Jesus of Nazareth focuses almost exclusively on his crucifixion and subsequent resurrection.  In this view, the significance of Jesus’ incarnation … Continue reading

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“Waltzing with God”: Revelation and Interpretation

“Waltzing with God”: Revelation and Interpretation (Part One) With this post we begin to think about the way in which Israel became  an instrument of divine revelation. She became such not by the imposition of a divine world view upon … Continue reading

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A New Covenant / Two Testament Christianity

A New Covenant / Two Testament–Christianity                                                               A New Covenant Two Testament Canon Canon or Covenant (Chart illustrating the distinction) In the Bible we possess two bodies or canons of sacred literature; the Old and New Testaments. They must not be … Continue reading

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Reflections on God, Culture, and Scripture

Reflections on God, Culture, and Scripture God is the best teacher in the cosmos. Thus, in his tireless efforts to teach us, he meets humanity where we are. We are embedded in our respective cultures-cultures of our own making. God … Continue reading

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