Some Notes on Scriptural Epistemology Pt.5

Shared from Involuted Speculations, a snippet.

What is taken for granted in the preceding section is the fact that the x iff y is known immediately by man. That is to say: There is no condition which must be met in order for x iff y to be known. Immediate knowledge can be observed in other places in Scripture. We have already mentioned the fall narrative of Genesis 3, but we can include other events. For example, the impartation of the knowledge of Ham’s sin to Noah is recorded in Gen 9:23-25. There is no mention of how he came to know Ham’s sin. Rather, the language is curiously similar to that which we find in Gen 3:7a. Observe:

(a.)Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.

(b.)Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him…[1]

The Hebrew word used in both instances is the same (יָדַע, yadah’), and has a large semantic domain covering literal as well as figurative uses of the word


Source: Some Notes on Scriptural Epistemology Pt.5

Logos Cloud: A Review and Giveaway

Shared from Reading Acts, a snippet of this excellent review and giveaway!

I have been using Logos Bible Software since the early 1990s when I purchased a “Scholars Package.” This came on four 3.5” floppy discs and included a handful of resources. At the time, CD-ROMs were not yet standard on PCs and the average computer user had no idea what the internet was. I recall the thrill of purchasing the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon in a “facsimile” edition since it was the first serious Hebrew lexicon I had access to in the Logos Library. My Logos Library at the time was only a few megabytes, although that stretched my PC to its limits.

Obviously the power and capacity of computers have grown exponentially, and so has the Logos Library. I have upgraded my library countless times, purchased way too many pre-publication specials on classic commentaries, added numerous free (and almost free) books each month, and with the Perseus Collection I expanded my library with thousands of Greek and Latin classical texts (see my review of the Duke Papyri Collection, for example). There are large collections of books for the average Bible reader, pastors preparing to preach and teach the Bible, and for the professional scholar (for example, the “Second Temple Period Collection” from T&T Clark).  Even my own book is available in the Logos Library!

Logos books have always been available across platforms. If you purchase a book you can read it on your desktop computer, a tablet or mobile phone. Any notes or highlights made while reading a book on your iPad will be available on your desktop, and vice versa. I have always argued the iPad Logos app is the best reading environment since the books have real page numbers and downloaded books place footnotes at the bottom of the page you are currently reading. This means you are reading a “real book,” unlike other eReader apps. For example, Kindle cannot do any of this, although some books now come with real page numbers. The downside is the Logos App only works with Logos books…


Source: Logos Cloud: A Review and Giveaway

Helmut Koester: 1926-2016 (Skinner)

Shared from Crux Sola, a snippet of this excellent piece.


Prof. Helmut Koester passed away at the beginning of this new year. I know this was mentioned on social media in numerous places over the weekend but I had not yet had an opportunity to mention it here. I never got a chance to meet Prof. Koester in person but I read a great deal of his work while writing my dissertation and always had profound respect for his scholarship…


Source: Helmut Koester: 1926-2016 (Skinner)

4 Part Audio Series: Foundations for Theology

Shared from The Domain for Truth, excellent piece.

This is a four part audio series on the foundations for theology that was given before exploring further the various doctrines of God.  The audios are in MP3 format and I’ve included the PDF of the outlines to follow along as well.

  1. Why Study About God?  Audios  PDF
  2. Can We Know God?         Audios  PDF
  3. How has God revealed Himself? Part 1 of 2  Audios  PDF
  4. How has God revealed Himself? Part 2 of 2  Audios  PDF

I hope and pray that God’s people would be edified.


Source: 4 Part Audio Series: Foundations for Theology

What Does It Mean to Meditate on Scripture?

Shared from Logos Bible Software Blog, an snippet of this excellent piece.


This post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-dayCamp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

As we begin the New Year with, hopefully, a determination to be students of Scripture, I want to share one of my favorite verses with you:

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Joshua 1:8 (ESV)

When I memorized this verse years ago as a new Christian I focused on the word meditate, which I naturally assumed meant “get in a quiet place and think about the Word.” So I set out to apply this text to my life by pondering a little of the Bible every day. Certainly that’s a worthy and rewarding habit, but is that precisely what the Hebrew word translated meditate means?


Source: What Does It Mean to Meditate on Scripture?

Creation vs. Evolution (Again :/ )

Shared from The Isaiah 53:5 Project, a snippet, excellent piece.


Ultimately, whenever someone brings this topic up, whether Atheist or Christian, it always ends in a torrential flame war where both sides lose sight of the argument, and really just beat a dead horse.Before you go to the comments and debate to your little hearts content, I have a prompt question for both sides. (You don’t have to comment your answer).For Christians: Look, I know that the Bible says nothing about Evolution, but think about this for a minute. Which is more important? Proving that Creationism is true and Evolution is false, or sharing the eternal gift Jesus promised to all of humanity. In the end, it’s not gonna matter who was right about how the Earth and Universe started. What will matter is how our friendship with Christ ended up.P.S. God could’ve used Evolution…..just saying…..

Source: Creation vs. Evolution (Again :/ )