I am certain that the young couple I saw was not only enjoying their kiss and embrace for obvious romantic pleasures, but also for some of the intentional symbolism, standing as they were at the front of what in Roman times was the magnificent Temple of Venus (= Greek Aphrodite). Venus was regarded as the … Continue reading Pleasures In Rome
Papyri and the First Systematic and Empire Wide Persecution of Christians
Quest Post this week is from Clint Burnett. I am delighted to have a friend and former student write this week’s post. Clint has academic training that has given him the opportunity to study the historical backgrounds of early Christianity. Clint has completed the MDiv degree from Harding School of Theology and the Master of … Continue reading Papyri and the First Systematic and Empire Wide Persecution of Christians
Just How Big Was the “Whole World” to John (Rev. 3:10)?
Without bothering or boring you with too many dry details, the interpretation of Rev. 3:10 is important in the ongoing disagreement between Premillennialists and Preterists regarding the correct paradigm for the interpretation of the entire book of Revelation. It is not my concern here, but this text is also central to the debate between Pretribulation … Continue reading Just How Big Was the “Whole World” to John (Rev. 3:10)?
“Do Not Forgive Them, Oh Lord, For They Do Know, What They Do!”
No doubt many Christians find this title disturbing, for many reasons. It is a negation of Luke 23:34 which traditionally has been the first of the Seven Last Words from the Cross. Beyond being disturbed by the theology of this negation, many would also consider it disturbing to realize that this whole sentence, recorded only … Continue reading “Do Not Forgive Them, Oh Lord, For They Do Know, What They Do!”
Breastfed by the Whore of Rome
Those familiar with Roman history, culture, and imperialistic propaganda recognize this iconic tableau. Three simple objects: the Roman she-wolf (Lupa Romana), Romulus, and Remus. This simple scene was part of the founding myth of the city of Rome, purportedly in the 8th century BC, and its ensuing empire that dominated the world in which the … Continue reading Breastfed by the Whore of Rome
Steven Spielberg’s Prophecy about Hollywood and Interpreting John’s Prophecies
Recently Hollywood billionaire movie director, screenwriter, and producer Steven Spielberg spoke during a panel discussion with his equally credentialed friend George Lucas. This panel discussion took place at the School for Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Among other things, they spoke about the future direction of the movie industry. Even though both … Continue reading Steven Spielberg’s Prophecy about Hollywood and Interpreting John’s Prophecies