Author: Bryan E. Lewis

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In my book, my central point was that these promises were not altogether abandoned. I think we err if we insist that real estate is the ultimate aim of this promise. Instead, in my opinion, this promise—the ingathering of “all” Israel back into the land—was an eschatological event that transcended (and continues to transcend) geographical area and time.

Read More The Ten Northern Tribes and their Land Promises: Dialoguing with Lindsay Kennedy’s Review of My Book (Part 2)

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Lindsay Kennedy posed a few points in his review of my book, which I would like to begin to address. I realize that the only way I am going to find time to respond is to address it a bit via blogging every morning during my reflection and study time. With that said, I plan to make this a much larger series, which will transcend at times, this dialogue. Lindsay, I do apologize that it has taken me so long to interact my friend.

Read More Preterism: Dialoguing with Lindsay Kennedy’s Review of My Book (Part 1)

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Perhaps me telling my life’s story is a way of making sense of what God has been doing in the world around me and my place within it. Perhaps, my reflection is a kind of autobiographical reasoning in which I am seeking to gain insight into myself. After all, people often weave selective parts of their life story into a narrative in order to help form and understand identity (i.e., autobiographical reflection often shapes who one is). Regardless, my life story doesn’t just say what happened; it says why it was important for me. And, as my life story enters the next chapter, this reflection may assist my future decisions to become more set in stone. Nonetheless, one thing is for sure, when I look back over my life. The Lord has been there holding my hand the whole way.

Read More My Story, Part 3: Another Chapter from My Life: The Michigan Episode

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I am a native Appalachian. As already noted, most of my years before age 14 were spent in poverty and isolation in Lawrence County, Kentucky. Primarily, they were spent in a small community called Martha, where the population was well under 300 with a population density of 10-13 people per square mile.

Read More My Story, Part 2: More Reflection on Growing up Poor in Appalachia and Religion

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My childhood was mostly gripped by economic despair. It was spent deep in an isolated part of Appalachia. My pre-teen youth was split between a two-room dirt-floor cabin and an old mobile home with boarded windows—in both instances, I did not possess the luxuries of electricity or indoor plumbing.

Read More My Story, Part 1: Birthday Reflections, Growing up Poor in Appalachia, and Academia

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Does the Moabite Stone really contain the phrase “House of David?” It should also be noted that the line in question is severely fragmented. Keeping in mind that one-third of the inscription has been restored from available squeezes, the uncertain translation has been reconstructed partly by what is visible on the stone and what is visible from these squeezes.

Read More The Moabite Stone: Does it Reference the “House of David?”

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The stone has no doubt become the subject of a great amount of controversy within the guild. This should not be surprising in an era where the field has experienced a noticeable shift from maximalists like W. F. Albright, Cyrus Gordon, and Yigael Ladin—who led the way in believing that the Bible reflected true history—to minimalists, like Thomas L. Thompson, Philip Davies, and Niels Peter Lemche— who posit that the biblical text is not historically oriented.

Read More Controversy over the Moabite Stone: II Kings 3