I recently had the privilege of a conversation with Jonathan Pageau, the Orthodox artist, speaker, and YouTuber who runs The Symbolic World. I’ve been an appreciative follower of Pageau’s work for some time now—his brother Matthieu’s work on biblical symbolism is also superb—so it was wonderful to speak more directly.
The Genesis of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1)
In my new series on the Gospel according to Matthew, I discuss Matthew 1—Jesus’s genealogy and birth.
I’ve recently been listening to (who else!) James Jordan’s talks on Revelation and have a question about the symbology of the Eagle in the Bible.
Eagles seem to be symbolic of Rome’s destruction of Jerusalem (Deuteronomy 28:49, Matthew 24:28)
And eagles also seem to have more positive streams of symbolism: Eagles as symbolic of angels, prophets, the association with Gospel of John.
Is there a way to merge these streams?
Why Does Revelation Use So Much Symbolism?
Why does the Book of Revelation use so much symbolism? Some reasons might perhaps include: to hide its meaning from outsiders, to describe the ineffable, to point out the inner reality of what’s being described, and so on. Are these correct? What other purposes might there be for the symbolism in Revelation? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.
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Symbolism and Allegory
What’s the difference between symbolism and allegory?
Baptism and Circumcision
Wondering whether or not you see a tight connection between baptism and circumcision? If yes, why no mention of it in Galatians/Romans? If no, what’s going on with Colossians 2:11-12?
Jordan Peterson and Evangelical Christianity
Jordan Peterson recently spoke at Liberty University and was interviewed afterwards. Within this video, I give some of my impressions. I also recommend that you read Esther O’Reilly’s piece on the incident with the distressed student that occurred during the convocation.
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Water and Land
Theopolis Podcast: Why Study Leviticus?
On this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I are joined by Dr David Field for the start of a new series on the book of Leviticus.
You can follow the Theopolis podcast on Soundcloud, iTunes, and on most podcast apps. You can read show notes over on the Theopolis podcast website. You can also see past episodes I have contributed to by clicking the ‘Theopolis Podcast’ link in the bar above.
Transcript for Matthieu Pageau, ‘The Language of Creation’
This transcription of my summary and review of Matthieu Pageau’s book The Language of Creation: Cosmic Symbolism in Genesis was transcribed by Lorraine O’Neal. If you would be interested in her transcription services—for sermons, lectures, talks, or something else—you can contact her here.
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