Gets The Last Word, The Dark Side Does Not

As I was preparing the PowerPoint for my conference paper which I read yesterday, I looked for one that featured the famous quote from Yoda on the left. I didn’t expect to find it paired with a quote from Paul’s letter to the Romans. It was interesting to see these two sets of texts brought into [Read More...]

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Romans 1:27: Patriarchy, Penetration, and Penalty

Daniel Kirk has been offering a fantastic survey of what the Bible says about homosexuality, contextualizing it in the context of ancient patriarchy, which considered it shameful for a man to take on characteristics of weak, passive females. In his latest post, he notes the modern tendency to read Romans 1:27 as a reference to [Read More...]

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Punctuating Romans 1

I have blogged numerous times before about Romans 1, and the problems with reading it in isolation from the chapter which follows it, and which followed it without any break in the original letter. I have also mentioned the evidence that in the section that runs from 1:18 to the end of the chapter, Paul [Read More...]

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You Can Ignore Your Law School Dean If What They Say Isn’t Scriptural

Hemant Mehta drew attention to a statement by the dean of Liberty University’s law school, claiming that the government has no authority to legislate or require anything, except that which is scriptural. It was pointed out in a comment on the post on Facebook that this claim is the exact opposite of the point Paul [Read More...]

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Mapping Romans 1-8

Matthew Malcolm shared this map of Romans 1-8, using the rhetorical questions as signposts to the structure. What do you think of it? [Read more...]

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Jesus: Not God in New Testament Christologies

Here are links to three interesting posts related to New Testament Christology. In each case, the evidence suggests that the New Testament authors in question did not identify Jesus as identical to, part of, or “included in the divine identity” of the one God of Jewish monotheism. First, Andrew Perriman made the case that Hebrews does not [Read More...]

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The Path to Discerning God’s Will

We had a really interesting discussion in my Sunday school class today. The focus was on the idea of God's will, and the view some Christians hold that there is a perfect will of God for each life, including where one should study, whom if anyone one should marry, where one should work, and so [Read More...]

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Scholars Discussing Paul

Fortress Press featured the above video on its website, which has N. T. Wright, Richard B. Hays, and Michael Gorman talking about Paul’s letters. The website also has a discussion guide as well as a couple of other videos. [Read more...]

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Romans Paraphrases Galore

I need to get back to my project of paraphrasing Romans to give modern Christian readers a sense of the impact Paul’s words would have had in his time, before there was a label “Christian” and when “the people of God” meant Jews or Israelites. In the mean time, I recently learned that Judy Stack-Nelson [Read More...]

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Review of The Evolution of Adam

I adapted a review I wrote for this blog of Pete Enns’ book Evolution of Adam, The: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins for publication in Reports of the National Center for Science Education. It is now available to be read online. [Read more...]

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Happy Reformation Day!

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