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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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Binyan Av Mi-Katuv Ehad

One of the features of Midrash is linking two or more passages of Scripture together. This often happens when two passages are used sequentially but can also occur when one passage in the commentary is used to explain another. You may have heard the phrase “string of pearls” used to describe this by Christian commentators. …

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Syntagmatic Analysis

Each week the fellows of The Institute of Midrashic Studies of the New Testament and I meet via Zoom across three time zones delving deeper into the Judaic and Hellenistic characteristics of Paul’s Midrash, The Oldest Midrash in seven of his epistles from the Source Texts of the Hexateuch and Isaiah. This week we covered …

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Introduction

I’d like to spend a little time sharing where I think The Oldest Midrash and The Institute of Midrashic Studies of the New Testament fits into history. We know that there was a Midrash of Iddo from 2 Chronicles 13:22 where Scripture records, “The rest of the acts of Abijah, his ways, and his sayings …

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What Is A Midrash

Have you ever been a part of something much bigger than yourself not only in ability but in years? Someone long ago started something and now you, possibly with the help of another person are carrying the baton. Now imagine the person that had started that something had prayed for you not knowing you but …

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