Figures of speech

Figures of speech Figures of speech are found in prose as well as poetry, but are generally more frequent and intense in Hebrew poetry. 1. Similes A simile is a direct comparison between two things. Example – Amos 5:24 Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream. 2. Metaphors A metaphor is a…

Ezekiel and the hand of God. Dura Europos synagogue wall painting

Genres within the prophets

Genres within the prophetsEzekiel and the hand of God. Dura Europos synagogue wall painting (Public domain)A ‘genre’ is a type or style of writing. Contemporary examples would include novels, scientific text books, fairy tales, insurance documents, poems, tweets, and so on. The are several main genres with the Bible, including historical narrative, poetry, letters, law/instruction,…

Bible and Culture students from several nations meeting with a civil servant in the Bundestag

Despite present appearances, God is in control

I spent last week on the edge of Berlin teaching on the Bible and Culture course, as I’ve done for the last eight years. It’s a four-week programme for IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) staff and graduates from Europe and Eurasia. This year, we had 35 participants from the UK across to Kazakhstan. I…

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The Day of Judgement (Malachi 1:1 – 4:6)

I first wrote this post for the E100 Bible Reading Challenge. It was first published on the E100 blog in 2011. ‘See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,’ says the LORD Almighty. -…

The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 51:1 – 53:12)

I first wrote this post for the E100 Bible Reading Challenge. It was first published on the E100 blog in 2011. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. – Isaiah 53:6 By the eighth century BC, Judah…

Ezekiel in Berlin – Tony Watkins

Six key questions about texts in the prophets

Six key questions about texts in the prophetsEzekiel in Berlin – Tony Watkins We need to ask a few key questions about every passage we come to in the prophetic books. What is the historical context?What is the biblical context?How is the prophet’s message presented? (see Genres within the Prophets, Hebrew Poetry and Figures of Speech)What main…

Belshazzar's Feast – Rembrandt. Purchased by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam with support of private benefactors, the Vereniging Rembrandt, the State of the Netherlands and the Stichting tot Bevordering van de Belangen van het Rijksmuseum

Introducing the Old Testament prophets

At Above Bar Church, Southampton, we’ve just started our five-week-long 2012 Bible School on Sunday evenings. I’m leading the track on the Old Testament prophets. In the first session, I introduced some important aspects of a framework for thinking about the prophetic literature, and we began to look at the first two chapters of Amos. Over…

Jeremiah’s Call and Message (Jeremiah 1:1 – 3:5)

I first wrote this post for the E100 Bible Reading Challenge. It was first published on the E100 blog in 2011. My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. – Jeremiah 2:13 God called Jeremiah to be…