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The Great Reversal by Tim Keller

The Great Reversal in the Good Samaritan  By Timothy J. Keller, Ministries of Mercy 3rd ed. Most commentaries on the gospel of Luke note that Jesus reverses the lawyer’s original question. He had asked, “Who is my neighbor?” Now Jesus tells a story and asks, “Who was the neighbor?” What was Jesus trying to do? One …

Did Matthew Use Hosea out of Context?

    By Dennis E. Johnson The Holy Spirit has provided several signals to mark the route from ancient individuals, events, institutions, and offices to their fulfillment in Jesus, his work, and his people. Among the most obvious are Old Testament passages that New Testament writers explicitly quote and apply to Christ. Case study: Hosea …

BOOK HIGHLIGHT – Basic Greek and Exegesis by Richard B. Ramsay

Basic Greek and Exegesis by Richard B. Ramsay 160 pages | Direct Price: $22.99 $17.00 | Published: 2007 Summary: Richard B. Ramsay, a gifted communicator and educator, simplifies the challenge of learning Greek and reaping the rewards of studying the New Testament in its original language. He clearly introduces: the purpose and steps of biblical …

The Son of Man and the Serpent

By Dennis E. Johnson In conversation with Nicodemus, a representative of the council of Judaism’s leaders (John 3:1; 7:50), Jesus suddenly turned the topic from Nicodemus’s need of birth from above, by God’s Spirit, to his own coming death as fitting the pattern of an incident in Israel’s past: “And as Moses lifted up the …

Mercy Is Not New: A Survey through the Old Testament

The following is an excerpt from Tim Keller’s book, Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road (3rd edition). Here Dr. Keller surveys the Old Testament and shows how the ministry of mercy began long before the Good Samaritan. (To show the progression of mercy ministry, bracketed headings provide an outline of Keller’s thought.) MERCY IS NOT NEW [Mercy in the Garden] …