Category Archives: Bible

New Covenant and the Restoration of Zion

The LORD concludes the allegory of Jerusalem with the announcement of a new covenant. Despite his beloved’s infidelities, despite the severity of his judgments, he replights himself to her—definitively, irrevocably, everlastingly. Yea, thus says the LORD GOD: I will deal … Continue reading

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The Three Sisters and Ezekelian Apokatastasis

Ezekiel 16:44-58 This passage in Ezekiel caught me by surprise, and the surprise intensified when I read Robert Jenson’s commentary. I was not expecting an eschatological turn. Suddenly we find ourselves at what might be called a last judgment. Behold, … Continue reading

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The Harlotry of Jerusalem

Ezekiel 16 The LORD commands Ezekiel to speak to Jerusalem a narrative of its history of judgment and salvation under the figure of a waif who becomes his adulterous bride. We might think of the story as a kind of … Continue reading

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Idols and the Return to Mount Carmel

Ezekiel 14:1–11 We recall the LORD’s vehement opposition to all forms of idolatry, expressed in the first two commandments of the Decalogue: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or … Continue reading

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1 Timothy 2:3-4: will, intend, or desire?

by David Bentley Hart A quick note on 1 Timothy 2:3-4. It seems that certain captious reviewers of my book—one especially confused reviewer in particular—believe that my translation of these verses, which says that “God intends” the salvation of all, … Continue reading

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Who Hardened Pharoah’s Heart?

In the Exodus story of the ten plagues, who hardens Pharoah’s heart, God or Pharoah? Verses can be cited to support both, and Bible readers have wondered ever since. Modern readers have noted that we should not expect pre-scientific peoples … Continue reading

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Ezekelian Pentecost and Hearts of Flesh

Finally, after eleven chapters of prophetic judgment and doom, the LORD speaks a word of hope: And the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, your brethren, even your brethren, your fellow exiles, the whole house of … Continue reading

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