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Josephus: Historical Evidence of the Old Testament Canon

The clearest testimony of the extent of the Hebrew canon comes from the first century writer Flavius Josephus (A.D. 37-100). He said that the Jews held as sacred only twenty-two books (which include exactly the same as our present thirty-nine books of the Old Testament). He wrote:

We have but twenty-two [books] containing the […]

When the New Testament Uses the Old Testament

As we examine the evidence, we find that when the New Testament quotes the Old Testament, it does so as authoritative. In other words, the New Testament assumes the authority of the Old.

There are over 250 quotations from Old Testament books that are found in the New Testament. Most of the books of […]

Providence, Common Grace, and the Existence of God

God has revealed Himself to the human race through His providential goodness in the world. His existence is made known through His provisions. This is also known as “common grace.” When people wanted to worship Paul and Barnabas after miracles they performed, Paul told them the following:

Men, why are you doing this? We […]

What Is the Doctrine of Revelation?

We will now consider the subject of God revealing Himself to humanity—the doctrine of revelation. Revelation can be defined as “God’s supernatural disclosure to human beings of truth they would not otherwise know and are incapable of discovering on their own.” This communication may be either oral or written. Revelation is usually understood as […]

Why Do We Need a Written Revelation from God?

There are a number of ways in which God could have chosen to reveal Himself to humanity. These include: God could have personally revealed Himself to everyone; He could have had His Word passed on by oral communication, or He could have had His Word committed to writing.

A Personal Revelation Is Not […]

Why Is the Bible Divided into Chapters and Verses?

When the books of the Bible were originally written there were no such things as chapters or verses. Each book was written without any breaks from the beginning to the end.

They Have Been Divided For Convenience

The chapter and verse divisions were added to the Bible for the sake of convenience. There is […]

How Do We Know the Bible Is the Word of God?

A few weeks ago, we did a series on what the Bible says of itself—that it is the Word of God. Today we consider the questions:

How do we know the Bible is what is claims to be – the Word of God? The Bible claims to be God’s communication to humanity; but […]

The 7 Words of Jesus on the Cross


The Gospels record that during the six hours Jesus was hanging on the cross He made seven different statements. These statements are of tremendous significance not only because they are the last words of Jesus before His death, but also because they describe the life and ministry of Jesus Christ our Lord.

1. […]

God's Word on God's Word – Part 5

We find the Bible assuming itself to be the Word of God in the special terms that it uses to describe itself. In this blog series’ fifth installment, we consider a few more of these terms: “Moses and the Prophets”, “The Oracles of God”, and “’Covenant’ (Testament).”

10. Moses And The Prophets

The Old […]

God's Word on God's Word – Part 4

We find the Bible assuming itself to be the Word of God in the special terms that it uses to describe itself. In this blog series’ third installment, we consider a couple more of these terms: “the Law”, “the Law and the Prophets”, and “the Law and the Prophets and the Psalms.”

7. The […]