Paul thru Mediterranean Eyes— Review Part Five


One of the implications of Bailey’s insisting on two audiences for this discourse is that he thinks that when Paul is referring to the mature, Paul is not talking about anyone in Corinth, but when he is talking about the immature he is. By the same token he thinks that the Corinthians have not received various spiritual gifts given by God to other Christians (p. 121). This, it has to be said, does not make sense of 1 Cor. 11-14 where actual instances of Corinthians prophesying, speaking in t … [Read more...]

Paul thru Mediterranean Eyes– A Review Part Four


On pp. 79-80, Bailey addresses one of the more controversial phrases in all of 1 Corinthians--- 1 Cor. 1.30. He translates it “Christ Jesus who became wisdom for us from God (that is, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption), therefore it is written…..” While it is certainly true that the Greek phrase te kai can mean ‘that is’, providing an explanation for what has come before, it is also used in other ways. The sentence actually predicates wisdom of one subject (Jesus), and righteous … [Read more...]

Paul thru Mediterranean Eyes– A Review Part Three


One of the keys to understanding 1 Corinthians is recognizing the very nature of ancient texts like 1 Corinthians. They were written in scriptum continuum, a continuous flow of letters and lines. The problem with ring or chiastic structure is it needs to be seen to be recognized. But when you have scriptum continuum, even the person who is literate and has eyes to see would have a very difficult time finding chiasms that stretch over whole chapters and more. It has been said that a chiasm is … [Read more...]

Paul thru Mediterranean Eyes– A Review Part Two


While I commend Bailey for his observation that 1 Corinthians “has a carefully designed inner coherence that exhibits precision in composition and admirable grandeur in overall theological concept” (p. 25), the structure he finds in 1 Corinthians owes more to modern interests in ring compositions and chiasms that the largely Gentile audience in Corinth would be unlikely to recognize, especially when one considers this was a document meant to be delivered orally to an audience, many of whom, per … [Read more...]

Paul thru Mediterranean Eyes– a Review Part One


What follows in the next ten days, is my extended review and critique of Ken Bailey's latest book, which won a Christianity Today book award this past year. I have appreciated many of Ken's interesting insights and perspectives over the years, and nothing I say in this review should be taken to mean that I have changed my mind about that. It is just that this book is not up to the rather high standards he has previously set and has some real issues that should be pointed out. Along the way, I … [Read more...]

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Jazz Times Top Sax Poll

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It's nice to see a lad from my home town, High Point N.C. top the Sax poll.Here is what the voters named the top 50 jazz albums with sax as lead instrument. I mostly agree with this list, though I would definitely include a few more recent ones, like Branford Marsalis' wonderful "Eternal'. I also think Kind of Blue is too far down the list and where in the world is Coltrane's famous 'Ballads' CD?1. JOHN COLTRANE A Love Supreme (IMPULSE!, 1965) The modern saxophone vocabulary is … [Read more...]

The Golan Heights (and Depths)– the Sad Story of Oded Golan


It is story that is tragic in various ways. How would you like to be in jail and then on trial for forgery, theft, fraud, and then exonerated, and then not be given back the property that was taken from you by the antiquities police? Matthew Kalman, who has kept me up to speed on the developments throughout the trial, and is the only reporter to sit through the whole thing now has a couple of articles in the Jerusalem Post, to which he kindly gave me the link (see below). It is a cautionary … [Read more...]

‘All this is Flashy Rhetoric about Loving You…’ C.S. Lewis

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This post is dedicated to someone who taught me a lot about love--- my sweet Christy girl, now with the Lord, but born on this day in 1979. I sure do miss you honey. Here is one of the first pictures I have of her when we brought her home from the hospital in Durham England.One of the benefits of reading the NT with the help of Greco-Roman rhetoric is that it allows you to hear the text as much of the Gentile world in NT times would have heard it. A good small example of the … [Read more...]