Category Archives: Biblical Studies

E. P. Sanders on suffering in Paul and Palestinian Judaism

E. P. Sanders’ Paul and Palestinian Judaism[1] was instrumental in sparking the discussion about Pauline theology that has dominated New Testament studies in the last generation. Though Sanders’ critique of Schweitzer is on point,[2] Sanders acknowledges the participationist language Paul … Continue reading

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Schweitzer on Pauline Suffering

Albert Schweitzer’s Mysticism of Paul the Apostle[1] is often cited in the debate over participation and union with Chris but his chapter on “Suffering as a Mode of Manifestation of the Dying with Christ”[2] is most informative with regard to … Continue reading

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E. P. Sanders’ critique of Schweitzer is on point

Here is E. P. Sanders’ critique of Schweitzer, specifically, Schweitzer’s argument in Mysticism of Paul the Apostle. This is from Paul and Palestinian Judaism. (I’ve included Sanders’ footnotes because they have a wealth of information). This is not to say … Continue reading

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Douglas Moo on Romans 8:31-39

(I added a couple of structural edits for better online reading.) We may view this beautiful, hymn-like celebration of our security in Christ as a response to what Paul has just said (28–30, or 18–30 or even 1–30), but it … Continue reading

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“Grace to you and peace” – F. F. Bruce on Galatians 1:3

(Italics are mine)  χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη. The normal word of salutation at the beginning of a Greek letter was χαίρειν (‘rejoice’); the normal word of salutation at the beginning of a Jewish letter was šālôm, είρήνη (‘peace’). The amplified … Continue reading

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Brill Publishers to Launch Reference Work ‘Textual History of the Bible’

From their press release: Brill, the international scholarly publisher, has launched a groundbreaking Major Reference Work for the study of textual history of the Jewish Bible and the Christian Old Testament: Textual History of the Bible. It aims to bring together … Continue reading

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Report on International Conference for the New Testament Textual Criticism

Here is a report on the International Conference for the New Testament Textual Criticism which was apparently the first of its kind to be held in Greece. The theme was New Testament Textual Criticism: Its Significance for Scholarship, Culture and Church. Here … Continue reading

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