Perfect in Beauty

“From Zion, from that which is made perfect in beauty, God shines forth.” (Psalm 50:2) The majority of translations render this a little more idiomatically, “From Zion, the perfection of beauty…” and such is a perfectly legitimate way to render the phrase מִכְלַל־יֹפִי (miklal-yopiy). Clearly the psalmist is praising God and celebrating the place of… Read More

Blasphemy and Death

“The Jews answered him, ‘We have a law and according to the law he is obliged to die for he has made himself the Son of God.’” (John 19:7)   In a country ruled by Rome, capital punishment was a right reserved for the Romans except for one instance…and that is blasphemy in the Temple.… Read More