Colonial Church of Bayside, New York
May
24
to May 26

Colonial Church of Bayside, New York

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I have the privilege of speaking four times at Colonial Church of Bayside! The schedule is as follows:

Friday, May 24th at 7pm: “What is the Bible and why is it Authoritative?”

Saturday Morning at 10am: “What is the Word of God?”

Saturday afternoon at 1pm: “The Doctrine of Biblical Inspiration”

Sunday Morning at 10:30am: Expositional Sermon

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The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting 2019, San Diego, CA
Nov
23
to Nov 26

The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting 2019, San Diego, CA

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“‘Evil or Agitated’: The Meaning of Reshaʻim in Job 3:17”

In this paper, I will discuss the peculiar literary context in which rashaʻappears in Job 3:17 and examine the inner-biblical evidence relating to the significance of the word. Additionally, I will present the semantic development of rashaʻ “to act wickedly” as a derivation from rashaʻ “to be disquieted” or “agitated” based upon the tendency of certain Semitic words depicting movement to eventually acquire a pejorative meaning (e.g., Hebrew rwd and bgd based upon Arabic and Akkadian cognates, respectively). This presentation will end with practical suggestions concerning how properly understanding rashaʻin Job 3:17 relates to the conversation between Job and his friends about the fate of the wicked. 

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The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting

"Childlessness and Infertility in Job and Ugaritic Literature"

Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions Section

11/17/2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

The Colorado Convention Center (CC) - 705 (Street Level) 

Childlessness is considered a sign of divine judgment in the Bible (cf. Gen 20:18). Thus, it is unsurprising that Job’s friends would point this out in the second round of speeches and insinuate through metaphors that he has lost his children because of his wrongdoing. Understanding the second round of speeches of Job in light of Ugaritic literature provides a backdrop to discern the severity of Job’s companions’ metaphors relating to childlessness and infertility, while illuminating Job’s claims regarding the quantity, safety, and joy of the children of the wicked (21:8-9, 11-12).

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The 1892 Club at Southern Seminary
Nov
7
1:00 PM13:00

The 1892 Club at Southern Seminary

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Faulting God for Suffering: The Case of Job

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 1pm-2:15pm

The SBTS Library – Lower Level

What if Job’s claims concerning God’s injustice are more severe than commonly suggested?  What if Job does not only state that he does not understand his suffering, or that he is treated unfairly, but brazenly asserts that God is an unjust judge who favors the wicked, coddling them with all types of worldly blessings? What if Job neverreally does repent as has been traditionally assumed?  Viewing Job’s allegations in light of these uncertainties begs the question: Why does God favorably refer to Job’s speech (Job 42:7-8) after his blatant contempt of God?

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