Reviews of ‘The God of the Living’–Richard Hays


By kind permission of Carey Newman, the director of Baylor U. Press, I am reprinting the responses at the SBL session to Feldmeir and Spieckermann's 'The God of the Living' in the next four posts. I will then return to my detailed analysis of the book. First up to bat is Richard Hays. ------Critical Response to Feldmeier and Spieckermann, God of the Living Richard B. Hays SBL Meeting, San Francisco, 20 November 2011Introduction: In 1975 the eminent NT scholar Nils Dahl, who taught … [Read more...]

New Interview on the Historical Jesus


(House of the Fishermen in Bethsaida--- where Peter and Andrew lived)I did an interview on radio the other day on the historical Jesus. Here is a link to it. BW3 … [Read more...]

‘The God of the Living’ (Chapter 1)– Calling God Names


Names and naming in modernity and in antiquity are two different things in entirely. Names in antiquity often reveal or connote something about the nature of the one named. In Feldmeir and Spieckermann's Biblical Theology, it is both interesting and important that they start with the issue of the names of God. To begin with the authors stress that in the paradigmatic prayer of Jesus, both the proximity and the distance between us and God is stressed. On the one hand he may be addressed as … [Read more...]

The Dyadic Worship Patterns of Early Christians


Here is a helpful clarifying summary by Larry Hurtado of his use of the term binitarian worship. BW3 “Dyadic” Devotional Pattern by larryhurtadoEn route to the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (this year in San Francisco) in November, I stopped for to give invited lectures in Loyola University (Chicago) and Baylor University (Waco, Texas), on "Jesus in Earliest Christian Prayer". I enjoyed these visits and am grateful for the interest and interaction of staff an … [Read more...]

What to Expect from the Hobbit Movies

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Here is the latest inside scoop from my Hobbit sources in New Zealand...."As we near the year out mark of the most anticipated movie of 2012, The Hobbit, here is some information to keep you salivating. The studios released an in depth synopsis of exactly what the first Hobbit installment, An Unexpected Journey, will be about. There has been a lot of confusion about just how the book will be integrated into the two movies and how Lord of the Rings characters fit into that as well. Here is … [Read more...]

Novel Devotional Practices in Early Christianity

Here is a useful discussion by Larry Hurtado that makes clear the importance of early Christian worship practices in evaluating early Christianity. ------ Words, Actions and Meanings by larry hurtadoIn discussions after my lectures in Chicago and Waco (in which I focused on the place of Jesus in earliest Christian prayer), I tried to clarify why I have placed emphasis over many years on the importance of early Christian devotional practice. I have done so both because devotional … [Read more...]

Edwin Judge– a Scholar for All Ages

(The following is a post by Larry Hurtado my colleague and friend. I whole-heartedly agree with Larry's assessment of him). Celebrating a Scholar: Edwin A. Judge by larryhurtadoAt the recent annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature Alanna Nobbs kindly presented me with a gift copy of a collection of essays (edited by her) by the important Australian scholar of early Christianity and its Roman-era setting, Edwin A. Judge, Jerusalem and Athens: Cultural Transformation in Late … [Read more...]

Towards a Biblical Theology— Part Three


(This is the last pre-Christmas post in this series. We will pick up the thread again on Dec. 26th).RETHINKING NT THEOLOGY AND ETHICS AND POST-MODERN EPISTEMOLOGY In a provocative essay, Leander Keck suggests that tracing a history of ideas and their development is not really doing theology. He puts it this way:NT theology as theology cannot be pursued simply by extending, correcting or refining the history of early Christian theologies even when limited to those in the NT. … [Read more...]

Peter Berger on the New Calvinism

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The following is a re-post of a blog post by Peter Berger. My own observation would be that while Wesleyan theology does owe something to Jacob Arminius' thought, it does so in the same way that Brahms owed something to Beethoven, while producing new creative works of art (or in the case of Wesley, works of theology). Wesleyan theology is certainly not a variation of Calvinism any more than the Anabaptist pacifistic ethic is a variant of Lutheran two realm theology. … [Read more...]