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Exegetical Brief: Philippians 4:13 - "As to every circumstance I am strong"
This exegetical brief conducts a quick overview of the common translation (and subsequent misunderstanding) of Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Exegetical Brief: Heaping Fiery Coals on Your Enemy’s Head (Romans 12:20)
How does Paul’s encouragement to “overcome evil with good” align with “heaping coals on someone’s head”? Professor Zell examines the evidence and the different interpretations for this passage in Romans and shows how it ...
Exegetical Brief: How has the Son of God been “made perfect”? (Hebrews 2:9-11; 5:9; 7:28)
In his exegetical brief, Professor Zell examines the translation “made perfect” when it is applied to Jesus in the book of Hebrews. He states that the word τελειῶσαι in these passages is best understood with the idea of ...
Exegetical Brief: Romans 16:1,7 Phoebe, a Deacon? Junia, an Apostle?
In this exegetical brief Professor Zell examines Romans 16 and the context of the words “deacon” and “apostle.” He concludes with these words, “Whether Phoebe actually held the office of “deacon” remains uncertain. Including ...
Exegetical Brief on Mark 7:19 "Who or what makes all foods clean?"
Four words (καθαρίζων πάντα τὰ βρώματα) bring Mark 7:19 to a close and are the focus of this exegetical brief. A straightforward translation is “cleansing all foods,” but the challenging question is “Who or what is it that ...
Exegetical Brief: Is Matthew 24:29-31 Interpreted Figuratively or Literally?
Although figurative language abounds in Matthew, Professor Zell contends in this exegetical brief that Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:29-31 are to be taken literally, much to the joy and edification of those who are watching ...
Exegetical Brief: Matthew 16:18 - "The gates of Hades will not withstand her"
This exegetical brief conducts a quick overview of the Greek and Hebrew words for “Hades,” and considers how Christians, through Christ, are able to storm her gates.
Exegetical Brief: First Thessalonians 4:4 "That each of you should learn to acquire a wife in a way that is holy and honorable."
A brief on Paul’s encouragement to the Thessalonians (and to us) to sanctified living in a Christian marriage. In the process, Professor Zell examines the issue of the translation of verse four which has been rendered in ...
Exegetical Brief: Ephesians 5:10 and 1 Peter 1:7—“Tested and approved”
This brief was originally published in volume 105/1 (Winter 2008) of the Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly. Although δοκιμάζω is common word, its appearance in Ephesians 5:10 and 1 Peter 1:7 sometimes cause translators some ...
Exegetical Brief: Colossians 2:11-13 In Baptism God Works Faith and Makes Us Alive, Joining Us to Christ
In this exegetical brief, Professor Zell shows how the Greek phrasing of the Colossians 2:11-13 equip the church to confess the Christian faith boldly and to speak correctly about baptism and faith and God’s gracious working ...