Paul thru Mediterranean Eyes— A Review Part Ten


One of the more interesting bits of discussion comes in addressing the issue of the Collection for the Jerusalem Church mentioned in 1 Cor. 16 (pp. 484-85). Bailey is of the opinion that when Paul refers to letters of commendation he is talking about letters the Corinthians must write to commend their own members who will carry the collection to Jerusalem, accompanied by Paul. That is, it is not Paul writing the letter of commendation but the Corinthians themselves. This is probably right. … [Read more...]

Why Mormonism is not Christianity– the Issue of Christology


While there are many reasons why Evangelical Christians of all stripes might disagree with Mormon theology, perhaps the most important of these is Christology and the related matter of soteriology.I would encourage you to read carefully through the statement at the link below by a practicing Mormon scholar, presented at Harvard Divinity School a few years ago. Here is the link--- (in order to actually find this … [Read more...]

Alison Krauss and Union Station— in the Bluegrass State


In the no brainer department, Centre College's Arts at Norton Center staff chose Alison Krauss and Union Station to open their 2012-2013 concert seres. This is rather like bringing Mitt Romney to Salt Lake hoping for a good reception, or coals to Newcastle for that matter. They don't call Kentucky the Bluegrass State just because of the grass. I'm just saying. And what a perfect choice it was for a wonderful evening of fun and music in Danville with our good friends the Arnolds.The … [Read more...]

Paul thru Mediterranean Eyes–A Review Part Nine


The discussion of 1 Cor. 14.33b-36 is unfortunately all too brief. Bailey wants to translate the key verb as ‘chat’ the word simply means ‘speak’ (laleo ) and it is the same word used elsewhere in this same chapter. It is used in contrast with the word silence. The speech is further defined as questions, which are to be asked at home. Bailey thinks the nouns in question refer to husbands and wives, but it is possible they are used more generically of men and women. The key issue is the verb … [Read more...]

Paul thru Mediterranean Eyes–a Review Part Eight


The treatment of 1 Cor. 12 is somewhat more helpful. I like Bailey’s coining of the term ‘energizings’ for the translation of 12.6 (p. 326). Bailey is right that in 2.6-16 and here in 1 Cor. 12 we have implicit references to the Trinity--- the Spirit gives the gifts, the Lord assigns the tasks, and the Father energizes the activity (p. 334). On p. 335 we have an odd discussion about the Holy Spirit. Bailey argues that while the term pneuma is not feminine, “NT writers were often thinking in … [Read more...]

Paul thru Mediterranean Eyes– A Review Part Seven


At several junctures in the book, Bailey assumes that the temple of Aphrodite had numerous sacred prostitutes in Paul’s day (see e.g. p. 276). The problem is, this temple was apparently destroyed in the second century B.C. and all textual references to the hierodulae of that temple are referring to the situation prior to 146 B.C. There may have been such a temple in Paul’s day, but we would need some concrete evidence that it was a ‘business as usual’ situation when it came to the prostit … [Read more...]

Paul thru Mediterranean Eyes– Review Part Six


The discussion of food offered to idols comprises one of the longer continuous discussions of Bailey (pp. 229-92), and it begins with his usual assertion that Paul starts out by citing a church tradition. This is not quite correct for it is not until 8.5-6 that we hear Paul recite the so-called Christian Shema where the term God is predicated of the Father and Lord of Jesus Christ, whereas in the OT Shema (Dt. 6.4) both the terms God and Lord refer to Yahweh. Bailey suggests at 8.6b that we … [Read more...]

The American Bible Challenge Show— with Jeff Foxworthy

Finally... you may be saying. A game show for Bible nerds. It's an idea whose time has come, and tomorrow August 23rd it will debut on the Game Show Network (obviously a channel all thinking Christians will need to now request from their cable networks). And Jeff Foxworthy is the host! I can see the opening monologue now--- 'you might be a redneck Christian if.....'Here's a trailer to check out … [Read more...]

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...]