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About J. Carl Laney

J. Carl Laney teaches Biblical Literature at Western Seminary and coordinates the Israel Study Program. Carl has authored numerous books, including most recently, “Loving Your Enemy: A Biblical Alternative to Revenge” (Ministry: International Journal for Pastors, July 2011).

Jun
27

Ghost, Demon, or Hallucination: Did Samuel Return from the Dead?

Man standing in flames

Teaching through the Bible yearly as a Biblical Literature prof at Western Seminary has given me the opportunity to interact with many challenging interpretive questions. One that still puzzles me is the account of Samuel’s posthumous appearance before Saul and the witch of En-dor (1 Samuel 28:8-14). Saul was facing a critical battle with the…
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Jun
13

Book Review: From a Darkness to the Light by ScVerlin Barton

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From a Darkness to the Light by ScVerlin Barton WestBowPress (October 28, 2013)       It is always a joy to receive a copy of a new book authored by one of my former students. ScVerlin (“Lin”) Barton sat in just about every Bible class I taught during his Master’s Degree program here at…
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May
30

Invest In a Visit to the Holy Land

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One of the best investments a Christian can make is a pilgrimage to the holy land–the land of the Bible. Jerome, translator of the Latin Vulgate, called the Holy Land pilgrimage “the Fifth Gospel.” You read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from the Bible, but you read the “Fifth Gospel” as you walk the land.…
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Apr
14

Let’s Celebrate Passover!

Plates of Passover meal

Passover (Hebrew Pesach) is the most widely observed Jewish holiday. It commemorates and celebrates both God’s freeing of the Israelite slaves from Egypt and the beginning of the Nation of Israel (Exod. 12:14). Although originally one of the pilgrim feasts which required worshipers to travel to Jerusalem (Deut. 16:16), since the destruction of the Temple…
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Mar
12

Jesus and Tithing

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Shortly after the posting of my blog on tithing I was alerted to that fact that a well-known Christian leader and pastor had published a blog on tithing and had taking an opposing view. He argued from Matthew 23:23, that Jesus had said, “Don’t neglect tithing.” Certainly, if Jesus said this we should obey his…
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