Philemon 1:20 – Dogmatic Alterations in the New Testament

Often times readers of the Bible encounter difficult passages and are consoled that the actual Greek will rectify and allay any concerns that might arise from that. However, when comparing the Westcott-Hort, Textus Receptus and Byzantine manuscripts we find some inconsistencies that appear to be fueled by an attempt to make the text adhere to certain Christian doctrines. (more…)

Published in: on February 10, 2007 at 4:12 pm  Comments (5)  

Bernard Lewis’ “Race and Slavery in the Middle East: An Historical Inquiry”

Below are some excerpts from Bernard Lewis’ Race and Slavery in the Middle East: An Historical Inquiry which give some interesting perspectives on slavery in Islam. Bear in mind Bernard Lewis is a notorious historian and scholar of modern Western Orientalism and he is far from being an Islamophile. (more…)

Published in: on February 9, 2007 at 1:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Matthew 27:46 – “My God, My God….huh?”

“And about the Ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
[Matthew 27:46, New King James Version]

I’ve encountered some interesting interpretations of this verse from various Christian Syriacists over the years. What follows are two of their interpretations and my responses. (more…)

In the “Bowels” of Jesus Christ?

“For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.”
[Philippians 1:8]

Here I will share some of my observations regarding this strange terminology found in the Greek and later English translations of the New Testament text. (more…)