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Mike Bull is a graphic designer who lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney Australia. He has written some books on the fractal nature of the literary structure of the Bible: http://www.amazon.com/Bible-Matrix-Michael-Bull/dp/1449702635 http://www.amazon.com/Bible-Matrix-II-The-Covenant/dp/1449723756 http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Kitchen-Theology-you-drink/dp/1449779409 His favorite theologians are James B. Jordan and Peter Leithart. Blog: http://www.bullartistry.com.au/wp


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Nov
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comment What does it mean that Jesus was a priest like the “Order of Melchizedek” in Hebrews 7:11?
Sure, I understand. The process is based on a "cumulative reading" (as with any book) where meaning is conferred upon things and the text constantly makes references to previous events and their order (structure). I can't include that in every post.
Nov
24
comment What does it mean that Jesus was a priest like the “Order of Melchizedek” in Hebrews 7:11?
As head of a new covenant, Noah was given the authority to take vengeance on God's behalf. Monica, I do understand your exasperation, and I've basically given up posting on here. The artificial constraints are detrimental to actual biblical interpretation, and would be laughed at if required for the interpretation of any other literature. I can back up all my claims with the repeated structure found in the Bible. You have an amazing mind for the details (and I have really appreciated that) but if you are unwilling to put your finger on the pulse you are never going to "get it."
Nov
18
comment What does it mean that Jesus was a priest like the “Order of Melchizedek” in Hebrews 7:11?
There are no Covenants made between Noah and Abraham, and Melchizedek is a priest-king like Noah (and possibly Job), somebody who stood to offer sacrifices but also sat in judgment.
Nov
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awarded  Necromancer
Nov
8
comment What does it mean that Jesus was a priest like the “Order of Melchizedek” in Hebrews 7:11?
Yeah, but it would involve starting in Genesis 1 and following the theme's development right through the Bible, taking note of its placement in both the architecture and literary structure. The rules around here say you basically have to interpret one tile of the mosaic at a time. :) I can recommend James Jordan's "From Bread to Wine" and I have a chapter with diagrams on Melchizedek in my book "God's Kitchen."
Nov
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revised What does it actually mean “Judge not, that ye be not judged”?
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Nov
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comment What does it actually mean “Judge not, that ye be not judged”?
I replied but will edit it into the answer.
Nov
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answered What does it actually mean “Judge not, that ye be not judged”?
Nov
6
comment Why does Noah curse Canaan?
@GoneQuiet That would be the reason Noah didn't say to Japheth, "Sorry son, but I've already given the inheritance to your brother." So yes, it was a delusion, as was Adam's theft of fruitfulness. Again, the passage itself is structured according to all the biblical covenants, indicating Ham was after an unmerited inheritance.
Nov
5
comment Why does Noah curse Canaan?
@GoneQuiet Thanks M. That's the point. Ham was a thief in the night. And the structure of the narrative must be taken into account, which just about nobody does. :) bit.ly/1gnPTPg
Nov
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answered Why does Noah curse Canaan?
Nov
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comment How does Peter fit the events of Acts 2 into the apocalyptic imagery of Joel?
@GoneQuiet Best thing would be to give James Jordan's "Through New Eyes" a read. He traces these symbols right back to Genesis. It's available free online in PDF: biblicalhorizons.com/pdf/jjne.pdf
Oct
8
comment Who are the deceivers 1 John is written against, mentioned in 2:26?
John is writing against Judaizers. When I have time I will put an answer together, but in the mean time check out Peter Leithart's 'Behind the Veil' commentary on John's epistles. He asserts that gnosticism actually began within Judaism as a response (rebellion) against the incarnation.
Oct
3
comment Revelation: Before or after AD70?
I recommend to you Kenneth Gentry's 'Before Jerusalem Fell.'
Sep
16
comment Herod The Fox: Luke 13-32
No reference - except that there are "Jacob vs. Esau" undercurrents throughout the New Testament in the Jesus vs. Herods struggle, which began with the slaughter of the innocents and didn't end until AD70.
Sep
16
comment Herod The Fox: Luke 13-32
Foxes are cunning, red, hairy hunters. The reference is to Herod's character but also to his Idumean (Edomite) descent, a son of Esau.
Sep
13
comment What does it mean to convict the world concerning righteousness?
@Sarah The Spirit is there in the Lampstand and Pentecost. The best thing is to think of the three as a legal process. The entire Bible is built of processes, not of isolated events. Our problem is that we want to define everything in isolation, and in isolation they lose a lot of their meaning.
Sep
13
comment What does it mean to convict the world concerning righteousness?
@Caleb I can understand that, but it's a pattern woven throughout all of Scripture. An awareness of structure is not a common thing among modern readers. But keep it in mind as you read the Bible and I believe you will start to see it.
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