The Institute for Midrashic Studies of the New Testament

The Suppressed Pleonasm

Paul prefaces in Hebrews 10:37-39 the “Faith Chapter”, Hebrews 11 with quotations from two verses from the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures. All commentators and annotated Bibles note the quote from Habakkuk 2:3b-4 but only a small percentage note the quote from Isaiah 26:20. The linkage of the two verses from Habakkuk and Isaiah …

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Wordplay

Among other things, this week during the Fellows Meeting we discussed several statements made by Jacob Neusner who wrote or edited more than 900 books. He said, “Scripture formed a dictionary, providing a vast range of permissible usages of intelligible words. Scripture did not dictate the sentences that would be composed through the words found …

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The Amazing Doctrines of Paul as Midrash – Book Review

Vasicek, Edward J. The Amazing Doctrines of Paul as Midrash. The Jewish Roots and Old Testament  Sources for Paul’s Teachings. Midrash Detective Publications, Kokomo, Indiana, 2014. In Vasicek’s second book, he again contends that the 2nd  Century Church threw away the key to interpreting Scripture because of anti-Semitism. He asks, “What would the original  recipients fluent in the …

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