Isaac T. Soon
Articles on the Bible from Trusted Sources in Simple Language
Created 15 Mar 2021
  • Does History Kill Tradition?
    12 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    As a teacher of the Bible in an academic setting, a common question that arises in my conversations with students and colleagues outside of my discipline is whether the academic study of the Bible mer...
  • Multiracial Resources for Interpreting the Bible
    02 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    There is a wonderful and confronting new article by Dr. Wongi Park that addresses one of the perennial problems of biblical studies—that is the problem of white hegemony. White methods, sources, appro...
  • And There Was Wandering and Mourning
    19 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 3 2
    In a very interesting article hot off the press, Dr. Yael Shemesh, Professor at Bar-Ilan University, considers acts of mourning and how different ancient cultures—especially in the Ancient Near East a...
  • Canon Lists
    12 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 1 3
    I’m a lists person. I have hundreds of lists. Lists for projects. Daily to do lists. Lists of my lists. They’re everywhere and surprisingly they help me get a lot of things done. Something I learned e...
  • The Tree of Life
    25 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Even though bible scholars spend years studying and educating themselves, they can’t always figure out what’s going on with a text. Sometimes it’s because of limited data. It might be because the sour...
  • Paul, the Little Person
    14 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 4 2
    In the early months of the pandemic last year, I sat down and re-read a passage from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians that I had read many times. In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul boasts surprisingly a...
  • Whose Household Codes?
    04 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read
    In the New Testament, there are a few passages that direct the behaviour of ancient families, husbands and wives, children and parents, and enslavers and enslaved (or masters and slaves). Since Martin...
  • Are There Christians in the New Testament?
    20 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 4 1
    You’ve come here because you’re gawking at the ridiculous title of this post. Of course, you think to yourself, there are Christians in the New Testament. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it? From a c...
  • The God...Who Poisons Food?
    10 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Something I love about biblical scholarship is just how it brings to my attention things about scripture that I didn’t notice before. One such detail is in Numbers 11. You probably know the story very...
  • That "Lazy" Disabled Man at Bethesda
    30 May 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    In John 5, Jesus encounters a “weakened” man lying by the pool of Bethesda. Surrounded by disabled people—blind people, mobility-impaired, and those who were paralysed—Jesus asks the man if he wants t...
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