Jul 17, 2010
Normally, we limit our examination of ideas and propositions to sorting out what is true from that which is false. This is an essential exercise. But, as Mart De Haan notes, we need to also distinguish truth from truths, that is to examine the origin, characteristics, and goals of a given truth, particularly those truths which lie outside of Scripture. Read De Haan's thoughts here.
Jul 16, 2010
See this great post by Esteban Vázquez on the difference between academic responsibility versus academic respectability. I wholeheartedly agree with the distinction.
HT: Matthew Malcolm
Jul 15, 2010
Larry Hurtado has made posted a pdf of his essay "Jesus as Lordly Example in Philippians 2:5-11). You can access it here. If you have not done so, make sure to check out his blog for other essays here.
"In biblical thought and practice the term law (whose connotations must not automatically be interpreted in terms of the present meaning of the word) always contains a strong element of authority and is expressive of an authoritative, in the biblical case divinely authoritative, order."
Robert Banks, Jesus and the Law in the Synoptic Tradition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975), 13.
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
"Many of those who followed in Sander's wake adopted his understanding of Judaism, but not his view of Paul. In other words, they agreed with Sanders's assessment of Paul's context (i.e., the Judaism to which Paul responded) but not Paul's content (i.e., Paul's response to Judaism). Sanders argued that Paul attacked Jewish legalism, but only because he misunderstood the Judaism of his day. New Perspective adherents assert that Paul understood Second Temple Judaism, and therefore he did not attack Jewish legalism, but Jewish exclusivism.
"Responses to Sanders and the New Perspective have followed four different tracks. First, some scholars responded exegetically by contesting the New Perspective reading of Paul's epistles. Second, scholars have reevaluated the Judaism of Paul's day and begun to question Sanders's one-sided reading of Second Temple Judaism. Some scholars then combined both of these elements in contesting the New Perspective. Fourth, some studies now call the New Perspective's reading of Luther into question."
You can read the introduction from which this portion comes here.
Jul 12, 2010
Jul 11, 2010
Peter Vogt provides the following “strategies for communication” in preaching and teaching narratives in the Pentateuch.
- Let the story speak for itself
- Tie in contemporary parallels to the biblical story
- Communicate literary artistry
- Allow for ambiguity