An addendum to “When a Patriarch Dies”

By timldecker | December 5, 2022

In a previous post, I cited what scholars had noted concerning the numerical pattern of the patriarchs’ age at death. When we come to Gen 50 and see Joseph died at 110 years, that not only described a full life for Egyptians, it also fit into the patriarchal numerical pattern! From Waltke’s commentary: Abraham: 175 = 7 x 52 Isaac: 180 = 5 x 62 Jacob: 147 = 3 x 72 Joseph: 110 = 1 x 52 + 62 + 72 Victor Hamilton demonstrated this in his commentary saying, “Joseph is the successor in the pattern 7 – 5 –…

When a Patriarch Dies in Genesis

By timldecker | November 28, 2022

I have thoroughly enjoyed preaching through the first book of the Bible–Genesis. I’ve translated every single word and mined the riches of the Hebrew text as much as God has enabled me. Along the way, I have read a few exceptional commentaries that have provided wonderfully helpful insights. One of those commentaries (Waltke) cited another commentary from a Jewish scholar (Sarna) wherein he explained the age of the 3 patriarchs at their death was not left to chance or random numbers but indicates the clear sovereign purpose and providence of God working in the seed of the woman carried on…

Van Til’s Reformed Apologetic Summary

By timldecker | February 12, 2020

Way back in 2015, I wrote a review of Cornelius Van Til’s The Defense of the Faith which gave a very simple (simplistic?) summary of what I am calling a Reformed Apologetic. Coming back to the present, I have just finished part 3 of a series on Reformed Apologetics where I have yet to really flesh out what that method looks like. We’ve spent time critiquing the other views as they are the typical default approach of Christians. But I thought it would be helpful to offer something in writing that we can go back and review as needed. So…

A. C. Slater on Parenting: What He Should Have Apologize For (Part 1)

By timldecker | August 16, 2019

In the not too distant past, while in an interview with Candace Owens, Mario Lopez (popularized from his character “A.C. Slater” from the teen sitcom Saved by the Bell) came under attack by progressives for claiming that “if you’re 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way, or you think you’re a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make that determination.” Not only is it shocking that progressives were shocked themselves, but the leftist barrage of hate caused Lopez to walk back his comments…





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