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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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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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The Anti-Imperial Message of the Cross

Neil Elliott, in an essay in Richard Horsley’s Paul and Empire entitled “The Anti-Imperial Message of the Cross,”[1] suggests that Jesus’ death on the cross was a message of the impending defeat of all earthly empires through Christ’s exaltation and … Continue reading

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Michael Bird: Consider Preaching the Psalms at Easter

One of my favorite theologians writing at the present is Australian Michael Bird. His Evangelical Theology is one of the best out there and certainly one of the best systematic Theologies to come along recently. Over on his blog Euangelion, … Continue reading

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Darkness and Light, Judgment and Reconciliation in Luke 23:45

This verse, containing two clauses, is loaded with significance for both judgment and reconciliation tied together through the motif of darkness, stated explicitly in the first clause and implied in the second. Luke does not record the significance of the … Continue reading

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What the Bible is Really All About (and some things it’s not)

These are the notes from a talk I gave Sunday Afternoon after our fellowship meal. The Bible is one book with one story. Here it is. But first, let me clear up some misconceptions about the Bible. Some things people … Continue reading

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Forty Reasons Why the New Testament does not Necessarily have Priority in Biblical Interpetation

“We have to interpret the Old Testament in light of the New.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that. It sounds good at first and seems to make sense if you think about it from within … Continue reading

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