A conversation between two Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary professors about why and how Scripture is read in worship services. Lynn Jost is professor and program director for Old Testament…
Text Examined: 1 Kings 10:14-11:13 – “As we come to the end of our study of 1 Kings, we turn again to the book of Deuteronomy. Old Testament interpreters believe that Deuteronomy’s mishpat (justice regulations) can be used to evaluate Israel’s – and, in particular, Solomon’s – actions. In order to conduct this evaluation, we recognize that none of the Deuteronomic laws is more significant than the Law of the King (Deuteronomy 17:14–20).”
Text Examined: 1 Kings 10:1-13 – “1 Kings 8–10 contains three important monologues. First, Solomon prays a long temple dedication to God, appealing to Yahweh to hear Israel’s prayers of repentance (8:22–61).”
Text Examined: 1 Kings 6:11-13 – “Israel was formed as a nation in the crucible of the exodus from Egypt, described in Exodus 12–14 as nothing short of a revolutionary emancipation. Before Israel entered the promised land of Canaan, Moses provided the people with a constitution, the statutes and justice (mishpat) we call Deuteronomy. The constitution of Israel was anti-imperial, Egypt upside-down. In the mishpat of Yahweh, people were not enslaved but set free from slavery.”
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We know Solomon as the wisest man who ever lived. He acquired more wealth than any other king of Israel, traded weapons, and built the greatest military-industrial complex of the Israelite empire. Solomon also cemented political alliances through his marriages with hundreds of princesses whose love eventually led him to reject Yahweh, God of Israel.
On Nov. 9, the community of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary installed Dr. Franklyn “Lynn” Jost as the seminary’s eighth president. Jost has served as acting president of the seminary since September 2008.
We believe that a confession of faith is very important to the life and witness of Mennonite Brethren congregations around the world. It is so important that we spent three years working with five other Mennonite Brethren to write a global MB confession of faith.