קשׁת - I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I…
Dressing Down Demons: The Hebrew Word and Theology Behind Christ’s Rebuke of an Unclean Spirit in Mark 1
When Mark says Jesus “rebukes” an unclean spirit, he uses a Greek word that’s a doorway into some fascinating Old Testament theology. In this video on Mark 1:21-28, Chad Bird peels back the layers of this “rebuking” theology in the Hebrew, gives a brief overview of synagogues, and shows how unclean spirits fit in the broader chaos of this world—and…
The One Hebrew Word You Don't Want to Forget
In the Old Testament, to zakar ("remember") is not merely to rifle through the files in your head until you find that fact you’ve been searching for. To zakar is to employ your hands and feet and lips to engage in whatever action that remembrance requires.
Hold on Loosely to Your Politics
Want to do yourself, your family, your friends, and the world a good deed? Hold on loosely to your politics. Don’t drop it. Don’t toss it aside. Don’t privatize it. But, above all, don’t hold on to your politics as if your life, your soul, and your salvation depend on it.
Christ in the Old Testament
Why read the Old Testament now that we have the New Testament? When we're reading the Old Testament, we're reading a book that is all about Christ. When Christ talked about himself, and when his earliest believers talked about who he was and what he was accomplishing through his acts of salvation, they referred to the Old Testament. Enroll in…