Self- Designation and Group Identity– Part Six


Perhaps the most surprising chapter in Paul Trebilco's new monograph is the one on disciples. The term 'mathetai' is used some 261 times in the NT, being by far the most common designation in the Gospels for Jesus' followers, but it is used nowhere outside the Gospels and Acts in the NT for the followers of Jesus. For example, there is no use of this term anywhere in Paul's letters or indeed any book that comes after Acts in the canon. We can break down the usage as follows--- Mt. 72 times, … [Read more...]

Self-Designation and Group Identity– Part Five


There is probably no more used, or abused term for the early Christians than the term 'ekklesia'. Trebilco seeks to set the discussion on a sounder footing, He rightly warns from the outset that the translation 'church' is just too anachronistic is almost any text where we find the term 'ekklesia' The background of the term is well known. From at least the fifth century B.C. the term referred to the democratic political assemblies in Greece. Acts 19.39 shows the term still being used in this … [Read more...]

Self-Designation and Group Identity– Part Four


In some ways the most interesting and enlightening chapter in Paul Trebilco's recent monograph is the discussion about the hagioi--- the holy ones or saints. The plural term hagioi is used some 60 times in the NT, predominantly in Paul where we have 30 examples, not counting the seven more in Ephesians and one in the Pastorals. What is most interesting about the use of this term of early Christians is that in the OT, whether the Hebrew or the LXX, the term is used in the first instance of … [Read more...]

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‘Lincoln’ Logs In– A Historical Movie for the Ages


This one was personal, deeply personal for me as a son of the South. As a child I used to read all about the Confederacy. I still have my Pictorial History of the Confederacy. I grew up in the old South before integration in the public schools, before integration at public restaurants, when there were still separate bathrooms at all sorts of public places, and one of them said 'colored'. Not black men and then black women, but one bathroom labeled 'colored'. I remember even seeing one of the … [Read more...]

Andrew Lincoln on the Water into Wine Miracle … [Read more...]

Andrew Lincoln on the Purpose of the 4th Gospel … [Read more...]

Huntin’ Season in Kentucky

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[The following courtesy of intrepid internet searcher Jim Horn]Check List Complete:I scouted the area all summer. . .I searched out the best location for my tree-stand . .I set it all up a month ahead of time . . .I trailed the herd . . .I picked out a trophy buck ..Two days before opening day I rechecked every aspect of the hunt . ..Everything was in place . . ..Sunday morning, I woke up at 2 am . .. .I put on … [Read more...]

Andrew Lincoln on the Spiritual Gospel— John’s Lincoln was one of the best NT teachers I ever had at Gordon-Conwell Seminary between 1974-77. I am presenting here a series of his reflections on John. … [Read more...]