In Case You Wondered What Real Rock and Roll Was Like— Part Two was a Kennedy Center All Star tribute to the music of Paul McCartney. … [Read more...]

In Case You Wondered What Real Rock Was Like— Part One was an All Star tribute to Led Zeppelin. This is why they call it 'classic rock'. Real musicians were writing and performing their own music on real instruments producing memorable tunes that stick in your head for generations. And notice that Plant and Page et al. were in the audience and thought the recreation was awesome. This was the vox populi in the 60s, 70s, and into the 80s when technologically produced music replaced actually playing … [Read more...]

The Finest Hours– Call forth the Greatest Courage'The Finest Hours' starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, is certainly one of the finest 'rescue' movies ever made. It tells the true story of a dramatic rescue of more than twenty men hanging on for dear life to the second half of a tanker that split, in gale force winter winds and thundering tides on Feb. 18, 1952 off the coast of Chatham And Wellfleet Massachusetts. The movie is one hour and 57 minutes long, but it seems much shorter as this … [Read more...]

A Christian Pilot’s Story from 9/11 to my friend Ed Paxton who found this on the internet. … [Read more...]

The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture– Part Eleven

Strangely, Child’s jumps nearly 900 years to his next major interpreter, Aquinas. How is it even possible that there is no real discussion of Augustine’s voluminous dealings with the Biblical text, including Isaiah? Or even someone like Bede? And why include a minor figure like Nicholas of Lyra who really adds little to the discussion? However we answer these questions, there can be no cavil with giving good treatment to Aquinas. The influence of Thomas Aquinas (ca. 1225-74 A.D.) compared … [Read more...]

The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture– Part Ten

The Antiochian school of interpretation (Theodore, Julian, Chrysostom, Theodoret) has frequently been misunderstood, and as a result, misinterpreted. They were not simply interested in the literal or historical meaning of the text as oppose to the spiritual and allegorical interests of the Alexandrians. Childs outlines the approach of this school to theoria (theory): 1) the Antiochian theoria presupposes the historical reality of the events described by the Biblical author. These events … [Read more...]

The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture– Part Nine

Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 378-44 A.D.) before he became embroiled in controversy with Nestorius and others in about 430 A.D., Cyril wrote some major commentaries on the Bible, including on Isaiah and John. He stood, not surprisingly, entirely in the Alexandrian tradition of interpreting the Scriptural text, and being of a polemic turn of spirit, he often took serious issue with the Antiochean approaches. He has a good deal to say about the literal and spiritual senses of the Biblical text. It … [Read more...]

The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture– Part Eight

Sadly, we do not have much from John Chrysostom (ca. 349-407 A.D.) on Isaiah. This is a great pity because in my view he was the greatest exegete of the early church. We do have five or six Homilies on Isaiah but they are not focused on the exegesis of the text of Isaiah but rather presuppose that work Chrysostom had done earlier, and instead concentrate on the moral application of the material to a Christian audience. Yes, an Armenian version of the complete commentary by Chrysostom did … [Read more...]

The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture– Part Seven

It would be hard to over estimate the significance of Jerome (345-420 A.D.) when it comes to the establishing of Christian commentating on the Bible, including on Isaiah. Ironically, despite all his erudition and thorough knowledge of Hebrew and Greek, it is his translation of the Bible into Latin, the so-called Vulgate (done between 391 and 404 and largely based on the Hebrew text of the OT), which is to say a move away from any of the Biblical languages, which has had the biggest impact on … [Read more...]