Paul vs. His Modern Inerrantist Interpreters

There is an interesting contrast between the way Paul wrote about the content of his own writings, and the way modern-day inerrantists talk about them. Paul is relatively humble, even while claiming authority, compared with the claims of inerrantists, and he nuances things differently than they do. If we focus just on 1 Corinthians we [Read More...]

Gentiles, Gays, and Animals

I had someone comment on a post I wrote about homosexuality, making the tired but nonetheless common non sequitur that, if one views same-sex relations as acceptable, then one must also embrace bestiality. I found myself wondering whether the apostle Paul faced the same sort of ridiculous objection from his contemporaries. I can imagine his [Read More...]

Is Claiming the Holy Spirit as Author of the Bible an Unforgivable Sin?

I have been having a Facebook interaction with someone who claims that the Holy Spirit is author of the writings in the Bible. On the one hand, this claims does not seem to make sense, since the same person also claims to accept that there were human authors as well. But what does it mean [Read More...]

Retelling Romans 1:18-2:16

“God’s anger is being poured out from heaven on all the godlessness and injustice of those people who, in their wickedness, suppress the truth. Because that which can be known about God is known to them – God has made it known! From the creation of the cosmos, God’s invisible aspects (God’s everlasting power and divinity) [Read More...]

Retelling Romans 1:8-17

First, I give thanks to my God, through Jesus the appointed king, for all of you, because your faithfulness to God is being reported all over the world. God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the good news concerning his son, as I constantly make mention of you, always asking in [Read More...]

Retelling Romans 1:1-7

To all God’s people in Rome, who are loved by God and called and sanctified, Grace to you and peace, from God our Father and Jesus his appointed king. Let me introduce myself. I am Paul – enslaved by Jesus the divinely-appointed king, and called to be an emissary of God’s good news. You’ve heard [Read More...]

Retelling Romans: Introduction

I have long said I wanted to write a “blogmentary” (blog commentary) on Romans. I think what I really wanted to do, above all else, is try retelling Paul’s letter to the Romans so that it can be heard afresh by a modern Christian audience. One big challenge for Christian readers of the Bible is the [Read More...]

Romans in Three Hours

John Byron posted on Facebook that he has a three-hour class in which to cover Romans. While the text could be read in that period of time, given its rich contents and extensive history of interpretation, doing justice to the text in that period might simply be impossible. John put it thus: Today’s Task: Teach Romans in [Read More...]

Beverly Gaventa on Romans

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Intertextuality and the Art of Persuasive Argumentation: SBL Paper

Here’s the abstract of a second paper that I will be presenting at SBL in November, in a session on “Intertextuality and the Art of Persuasive Argumentation” organized by the Intertextuality in the New Testament Section: “Reading a Letter Quoting a Hymn Quoting Scripture: Intertextuality and Persuasion in Philippians 2:6-11″ The passage in Philippians 2:6-11 [Read More...]

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Pauline Eschatology

A friend shared a diagram from a blog called “Theologygrams” which has a lot of great stuff on it. Here’s the one that was shared with me: Also don’t miss the theology topic generator. [Read more...]


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