Bible Reading Column

Mar 24, 2019 THE GOSPEL IN MARK*

The Gospel of Mark is presented in a way that demonstrates the fulfillment of Old Testament promises. This is clear right from the start, as Mark begins his account by focusing on the fulfillment of Isaiah 40:3 in John the Baptist, who prepares Israel for the comforting arrival of Yahweh to his people (cf. Mal. […]

Mar 17, 2019 2 Peter Overview*

AUTHOR, DATE, AND RECIPIENTS Peter identifies himself as an “apostle of Jesus Christ” (1:1). He specifically mentions that he was an eyewitness of the transfiguration (1:16–18; see Matt. 17:1–8). Peter probably wrote this letter from prison in Rome (see 2 Pet. 1:12–15) not too long before his death by execution, sometime during A.D. 64–67. It […]

Mar 10, 2019 1 Peter*

Apostle Peter in his letter to the Christian “exiles” dispersed in the world writes to encourage Christians undergoing suffering and to instruct them how to respond Christianly to their persecutors and to urge them to live lives worthy of their calling. The concerns for Christian living in the context of hostility and suffering are placed within the context of Christ’s suffering […]