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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).

Nov
26

Book Review on Biblical Portraits of Creation: Celebrating the Maker of Heaven and Earth

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Biblical Portraits of Creation: Celebrating the Maker of Heaven and Earth By Walter C. Kaiser Jr. and Dorington G. Little. Wooster OH: Weaver Book Company, 2014. 164 pp. $15.99       Dr. Walt Kaiser needs no introduction to most Christian readers. He is president emeritus at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the author of numerous…
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Nov
17

Does Isaiah 14 Reveal Anything About Satan’s Fall?

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Last week I was teaching on a text that made mention of Satan when a hand shot up. Questions are helpful in clarifying issues related to the immediate discussion. The question was actually more of a comment suggesting that Satan’s sin and fall from heaven is explained in Isaiah 14. Time was too short to…
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Oct
29

The Christian Art of Dying: Learning from Jesus – Book Review

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The Christian Art of Dying: Learning from Jesus by Allen Verhey Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011 423 pp. $22.50.     The most recent statistics reveal that apart from Enoch and Elijah, the death rate among human beings is 100 percent. People are dying. My mother died three years ago. My best friend died…
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Oct
22

Book Review: For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity

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For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity. By Irving Greenberg Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2014. 274 pp. $18.00     A conversation with an Orthodox Jewish friend led me to purchase and read Irving Greenberg’s collection of essays on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. She said…
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Jun
27

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

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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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