I mentioned in my last post (The Rule of the Community, the Prophet, and the Two Messiahs) that caution must be exercised in the use of Jewish sources for New Testament studies. This caution arose out of a tripartite evolution in New Testament scholarship which occurred mostly during the 20th century. These three phases I […]
The early Church father Tertullian once asked a similar question to explore the connections between Christianity and Greek thought. This question is designed to explore a literary connection between how we watch movies and how we read the Bible. The issue here is how are we to interpret the Old Testament narratives? Are they history […]
Owens, Mark D. As It Was in the Beginning: An Intertextual Analysis of New Creation in Galatians, 2 Corinthians, and Ephesians. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015. Paperback. 241 pages. Retail: $29.00. ISBN: 9781498202404 In As It Was in the Beginning, Mark D. Owens compares “new creation” concepts in Galatians, 2 Corinthians, and Ephesians through an intertextual […]
“In all of scripture there is nothing except Christ either in clear words or intricate words”1 This pithy but powerful statement uttered by Martin Luther may evoke affirmation from a myriad of readers. Indeed, Luther here seems to be inheriting the very words of Jesus who once said, “You seek the scriptures . . . it […]
This fall I started rereading Calvin’s Institutes, which may be my favorite book. When I first seriously engaged with Calvin it was the most theologically formative book I had read (that may still be the case). Once while I was in a conversation with a Ladder Day Saint I quoted Calvin and was then asked […]
Returning from the mailbox, you flip through the stack that is your recent prize. You begin the important task of separating the pertinent letters from the ones that will be quickly discarded without even being read. Postcards and invitations in one stack, ads in another; bills, the things you wish you could throw away, on […]
Robert Evans, Reception History, Tradition and Biblical Interpretation: Gadamer and Jauss in Current Practice. Library of New Testament Studies 510; Scriptural Traces: Critical Perspectives on the Reception and Influence of the Bible 4. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN: 9780567655400. Hardcover. Retail Price: £65.00. In Reception History, Tradition, and Biblical Interpretation, Robert Evans (University of Chester) utilizes […]
Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Matthew R. Malcolm. The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics. IVP Academic, 2013. 165 pgs. $14.40 (Paperback). The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics, is a collection of essays initially presented at a conference held at the University of Nottingham in honor of […]
During my spring break I was able to go on a trip to India with my officemate Chris Brewer and his dad Gary. We began our trip in Imphal, which is the capital of the state of Manipur in the northeast (we weren’t far from the border of Burma). When we arrived it happened to […]
Sound hermeneutics requires an understanding of how communication works. The Bible, after all, is God’s authoritative communication to us. There are three components of communication: words, genre, and message. “Words” refers to what we say; “genre” to the way we say it; and “message” to the reason for saying it. When we decide to communicate, […]
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