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Today I complete a milestone: using the Pattern Analysis model I have completed 30% of the Bible. This is a verse by verse approach that shows the literary patterns used when the biblical text was written. By completing 30%, I have increased confidence that this model should work for the entire Bible.
This week I released an updated format for the webpages that display pattern analysis. The one in this article is a chiasm based on Acts 3:1-11.
Today I have completed cataloging 25% of the Bible using a tool coined Pattern Analysis. While I am not done with the cataloging, this article introduces this approach so you can decide its merit for yourself.
My hope is to help people learn how to read their Bible from the standpoint of thematic structures. The many gems that clarify the meaning of a passage are hidden within these structures. These gems then point to a Holy Spirit-type of interaction that emphatically reveals the meaning and application of the passage. My next book "Discovering Emphasis in the Bible", which Lord-willing will be published later this year, attempts to take people through that identification and discovery process.
Word duplication in the Hebrew portions of the Bible is another way to hear the strong emphasis from God. In English, we sometimes express ourselves with adverbs; in ancient Hebrew it was with word duplication. My hope in this article is to teach how you can recognize this duplication technique.
The Bible is much more than the words of some narrators which have been modified by men over the years. Instead, it is the Word given to you personally through the Holy Spirit so that you can know His character. This Daddy has not been away for a very long time. This Daddy communicates continuously, for the one who has an ear. He truly loves you.
An abbreviated list is the frequent appearance of listed items in the Bible but not all items are repeated. To put it another way, an abbreviated list is a literary device where the shortened form is representative of the whole.
To many people, a daily Bible reading plan may have stolen your precious time. I recommend using DIG, a tool based on the Bible's literary structure, that will help make your study time much more meaningful. Now you can get a free PDF of Chapter One from Discovering Emphasis in the Bible so you can find your time much more rewarding.
An ellipsis is a literary device to represent the omission of a word or words. In a biblical sense, it draws attention to what has been omitted. The result is that the ellipsis provides emphasis. When the ellipsis appears within a literary structure such as a chiasm, it behaves as if it were there.
While I would hope that everyone would benefit from my forthcoming manuscript Discovering Emphasis in the Bible: Hearing God's Voice through Literary Structure, there is one group that I specifically cannot target: those involved in illicit drugs. The enemy is continually attempting to separate us from pursuing our God. His tactic of confusion through drugs seems to have worked for many people.
When you believe you have located a chiasm, go beyond the beauty of your finding. Ask yourself, "Is this chiasm meaningful?"
This article is a study of transposition in Biblical literary structure. Based on Daniel chapter 2, this transposition reveals why the clay represented Nebuchadnezzar's weakness.
This week I sent out for review a new book entitled Discovering Emphasis in the Bible: Hearing God's Voice Through Literary Structure. The manuscript teaches a three step process that should be fun for everyone to enjoy.
Part III of this series continues the thought that there can be a double negative problem when reading the Bible. Too often people think that the corollary of the two negatives is to always remove both negatives, making it a positive. That simply is incorrect thinking. This article is based on Hebrews 4:15.
The double negative problem appears many times in the Bible. Too often people think that the corollary of the two negatives is to always remove both negatives, making it a positive. That simply is incorrect thinking. This article based on John 12:47,48 attempts to reveal that fallacy.
By incorrectly generalizing the rule that two negatives make a positive, some false understandings can develop. This is the first part of a brief series. Based on John 14:24.
Based on the words in Acts 1:15,16, I suggest that when others hear us speak about authorship of one portion of the Bible or another, we may know about the inspiration of the Holy Spirit but they may not. To those on spiritual milk, or even those who have yet to make that journey, PLEASE, let us help them. The power of the Scriptures takes on much greater authority when we mention that the Holy Spirit inspired it into the hearts of Paul or John or anyone else.
Hebrews 3:7-11 exposes a second reason showing that the Holy Spirit inspired not just Psalm 95 but also the entire Bible.
Think of the words of the Bible as the writings of the Holy Spirit, breathed into imperfect men, translated by other men, and now read by an imperfect you. It is that same heart of God and His same voice.
It all began on Thanksgiving morning – the Holy Spirit has resurrected my re-write of A Topical Treasury of Proverbs. I'm enthused and I'm once again in pursuit. I wonder, do other authors give up, only to find they are led to resurrect a "dead" project?
After reaching a point of 85% completion on a 300-page manuscript that categorizes the book of Proverbs, I stopped writing. With thousands and thousands of hours, I've had to overcome the potential discouragement that the enemy wants to put upon me. He says, "I am not successful." God's response, "I don't measure success in those terms." This article is that story.
While recently reading a book entitled The Sword of His Mouth by Robert C Tannehill, I was struck by the total beauty of the chiastic structure in Matthew 6:25-34. Tannehill was attempting to illustrate the power of this comparison: ′birds of the air′ with the ′lilies of the field.′ In this article, I take a step further by looking at this passage from a chiastic perspective.
The strength and beauty of the chiastic approach comes from those structures that are emphatic in the middle. This portion of the structure is called the center point and it often provides a unique Word from the Lord. This article uses examples from Proverbs to reveal the successful search to find a meaningful center point in a chiasm.
This fourth Chiasm Hint instructs us to step beyond keywords when analyzing the Bible for chiasms. The literary structure's richness and beauty is seen when one theme is matched with another. The example is based on Peter J. Leithart's analysis of the David and Bathsheba events from 2 Samuel 11-12.
This third Chiasm Hint suggests that the entire Bible as we have it today is the received Word from the Lord – selectively removing passages from a literary structure should definitely be questioned. A discussion of redaction criticism, a theory where the Bible was altered by editor(s), is included in this article.
There are techniques to be learned in many disciplines. By learning how to choose meaningful keywords during your literary analysis of chiasms, your journey should become more rewarding. I hope you take counsel in knowing that even the best of literary scholars can make mistakes.
In our enthusiasm to identify chiasms in the Bible, it can be easy to see structures that were probably never intended. In a new series that I am calling Chiasm Hints, I reveal pitfalls that can be easily made when analyzing the literary structure of the Bible. In this first lesson, I discuss how order of presentation can lead to faulty analysis of a passage's structure.
Christian Non-Fiction Authors BEWARE: Are you using your favorite Bible translation in your compositions without permission from the one that owns that translation? I fell into that trap – fortunately I found out before the work was published but only after countless hours of effort.
The beauty of the chiastic structure in the Bible is that it can often help us better understand a passage. In the chiasm from Numbers 11:1-6, the power of prayer is revealed.
Preparing a topical study of larger portions of the Bible can be a very laborious process. I approached this task as a database programmer. Some others might find shortcuts to this process but that can compromise quality.
It is all too common these days that in committing to read through the Bible with a regular reading plan, that we become slaves to the schedule. The problem as I see it is we race to Beat-the-Daily-Reading clock but we miss the nuggets. This article describes an alternative approach.
A teaching on rebellion from my 2008 book, Joshua’s Spiritual Warfare, particularly struck me today. This blog article is that excerpt, pages 76-79, which expresses how to deal with a spirit of rebellion.
I find that Bob Schlenker’s analysis of thematic structure that is found in his article on 2 Peter 3 is most profound.
The passage stating, “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour” (Matthew 27:45 ESV) has created some controversy. It appears immediately before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This article looks at the moon as a possible cause.
This article is intended for those that post articles on the internet about literary structures such as chiasms. I struggled with the HTML for some time – possibly this article will save someone a few hours.
Proverbs 17:8 can be misleading for it appears that it is okay for a Christian to offer bribes. This review looks at the law, other Proverbs sources, and the verse itself to gain a better understanding of that verse.
This is the fifth analysis in the Discovering Chiasms Challenge series, using a very small portion of Scripture from Genesis 12:16.
I am glad to announce that the 'Discovering Chiasms' webpage has been completely revamped with more examples and better explanations. What previously was one webpage has now been split into five pages with far greater explanation of the discovery process.
This is the fourth quiz in the Discovering Chiasms Challenge series, intended to help you develop your chiasm recognition skills using the Bible. In this brief study of Genesis 2:5-9, we look at what some call a second version of creation.
Try to find the chiastic structure of Exodus 2:11-15 involving Moses, an Egyptian and some Hebrews. Click on Show Structure to compare your results. This quiz introduces another literary device known as typology.
The structure of Deuteronomy 30:6-10 reveals three literary devices. In this 'Discovering Chiasms Challenge' quiz, you may formulate your own answer and then click on Show Structure to compare your results.
Find the chiasm in John 16:27-30. Click on "Show Structure" to compare your results. Click again on "Analysis: Why is it there?" to check your analysis with mine.
Parallel symmetry is a type of literary structure found in the Bible: A-B-C-D, and then A'-B'-C'-D'. In this article, parallel symmetry is used to reveal how Moses did not fully obey the Lord's instructions when the Ten Commandments were told to him, and then we see the consequences.
What would you do if weapons are used to impose some form of martial law in the USA? What if Washington DC is locked down because President Obama refuses to step down with the backing of a civilian army? How about a massively oppressive force as is being witnessed by 450,000 Christians in Central African Republic?
I stay totally away from vanity publishers; they appear to me as a total rip-off. In this article, I present the costs and earnings for one of my titles.
To me, a chiasm is a chiasmus, and both are examples of the chiastic structure. When I see one, it is a chiasm; when I am describing the technique, I call it a chiastic structure.
Possibly the biggest killer of very good and potentially life-changing authors is a poor decision to the question, "How many books should I print?"
When people visit your website, what do they see? Are the colors pleasing and engaging, or are there visual conflicts that trigger their minds to disengage? This is the story of how I tackled that problem this week
I have seen where semi-retired and retired people need a purpose. Without a purpose, depression and physical illness can set in. For purpose, I chose a writing career.
To help retain more blog readers, I built an index of blog articles. The list that you are currently reading evolved from that directory. If you prepare blog articles, possibly this will help you as well.
Have you noticed graphical ads suddenly appearing from companies where you have either done business or considered doing business?
These days it seems that many Christians are living in a world of inadequacy with themselves. This article attempts to encourage us to move out of that sense of inadequacy.
Mom, today on your 91st birthday, I thought it appropriate to let the world know what a great mom you are.
Not all authors have the where-with-all to become independent self-publishers. This article addresses some of those not-so-obvious considerations.
The return policy that bookstores typically use is outrageous. Simply put, I don't market to them and they don't want me either.
With all of this year's events, the world both physically and spiritually is shaking. Will this next year be the end of the current times as described in the book of Revelations?
The self-publishing industry has its share of demands on our learning. We can initially out-source those areas where we lack the expertise. But if we take our craft seriously, we must retool our skills so we can be competitive.
A second edition should be used when the reader would discern a different flavor of the text, whereas a new title is warranted when an overhaul is necessary or marketing directives indicate it would be a good move. For minor changes, a second edition is not necessary and the existing ISBN number may continue to be used.
As I drove to a nursery where I sometimes purchase trees and shrubs, I began thinking about my dad, "What tree is the best association with the recollection of my father.
As an independent Christian publisher, I gained control over the process but it is easy to think that the manuscript is good enough.
Many people have looked at the introductory words of Matthew 1:1-17, seeing them as a lineage, and miss the chiasm and its implications.
There are many advantages of being a true self-publisher, but there are disadvantages as well. Self publishing is not for everyone.
I often look for chiasms as I read the Bible, and I am well aware that the book of Matthew is full of them. The emphasis of this chiasm, as seen in the center point, is on prayer.
One result of this ICRS event was the deep realization that I had over-simplified my marketing approach—it was time to get out a clean sheet of paper.