Behind the Bible

A closer look at the history, context and characters in Scripture

The cross and the Old Testament

The most horrific method of execution in the ancient Roman world was crucifixion. It was a method that was so horrible that the most refined Romans wouldn’t even mention it by name. The cross was also a stumbling block for non-believing Jews, as it seemed absurd that the Messiah would come and die in such…

Did Jesus give us Bible bookends?

Did Jesus ever tell us which books belong in the Old Testament? Many Protestants argue that he did and they appeal to Jesus’ words concerning the shedding of the prophets blood being “from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah …” (Luke 11:50, Mathew 23:35). It is argued that…