The Meaning and Origin of ‘Ye Cannot Serve God and Mammon’

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘Ye cannot serve God and mammon’. This is one of many famous Bible quotations. Indeed, it is one of many famous quotations from the New Testament. More specifically, it is one of many famous quotations from a single moment in the New Testament: the Sermon on the Mount. Continue reading “The Meaning and Origin of ‘Ye Cannot Serve God and Mammon’”

The Meaning of ‘He That Is Without Sin Let Him Cast the First Stone’

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone’, as the (slightly ungrammatically reworded) sentiment has it, or ‘Let him without sin cast the first stone’. This quotation can be traced back to Jesus, and to a specific incident described in the Gospel of St John, but what is the context of them, and what did Jesus mean? Continue reading “The Meaning of ‘He That Is Without Sin Let Him Cast the First Stone’”

The Meaning and Origin of ‘The Letter Killeth, but the Spirit Giveth Life’

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

The phrase ‘the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life’ is associated with the New Testament, and specifically with the writings of St Paul. But what does St Paul mean when he declares that ‘the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life’? What letter, and why does it kill? Continue reading “The Meaning and Origin of ‘The Letter Killeth, but the Spirit Giveth Life’”