August 28, 2003

Richard A. Burridge, Four Gospels, One Jesus? (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994). Richard Burridge, dean of King’s College, London, has produced an insightful and very accessible introduction to the gospels. The book is straightforwardly organized: After an introduction that treats the various forms of modern New Testament criticism, he offers a substantial chapter on each gospel and concludes with a chapter arguing that while the four gospels present a diverse portrait of Jesus, they also set limits to our understanding of… Read more

August 28, 2003

I found several reviews (and partial reviews) of articles and books on my hard drive, and will post them here. Some of them were posted on a now-defunct web site, so this will make them available on the web, for those who know that this site exists! John Milbank, “The Soul of Reciprocity Part One: Reciprocity Refused,” Modern Theology 17:3 (July 2001): 334-391. Like everything that Milbank writes, this is a dense and difficult article. In essence, it is the… Read more

August 28, 2003

Teaching on Basil’s treatise On the Holy Spirit this year, I was impressed again with this wonderful treatise. Some quotations, from the St Vladimir’s edition: On the cosmic role of the Spirit: All things thirsting for holiness turn to Him; everything living in virtue never turns away from Him. He waters them with His life-giving breath and helps them reach their proper fulfillment. He perfects all other things, and Himself lacks nothing; He gives life to all things, and is… Read more

August 28, 2003

In 1 Samuel 12, Samuel gives his farewell speech to the people. He claims that he has not abused his position in any way, and asks the people to confirm this, citing Yahweh and “His anointed” as witnesses in his defense. Who is the “anointed”? Clearly, it is someone distinct from Yahweh, for Samuel is calling on a “double witness” to support his claim. Possibly Saul the Lord’s anointed, since he is already king. But how could Saul confirm Samuel’s… Read more

August 28, 2003

In 1 Samuel 12, Samuel gives his farewell speech to the people. He claims that he has not abused his position in any way, and asks the people to confirm this, citing Yahweh and “His anointed” as witnesses in his defense. Who is the “anointed”? Clearly, it is someone distinct from Yahweh, for Samuel is calling on a “double witness” to support his claim. Possibly Saul the Lord’s anointed, since he is already king. But how could Saul confirm Samuel’s… Read more

August 28, 2003

In 1 Samuel 12, Samuel gives his farewell speech to the people. He claims that he has not abused his position in any way, and asks the people to confirm this, citing Yahweh and “His anointed” as witnesses in his defense. Who is the “anointed”? Clearly, it is someone distinct from Yahweh, for Samuel is calling on a “double witness” to support his claim. Possibly Saul the Lord’s anointed, since he is already king. But how could Saul confirm Samuel’s… Read more

August 28, 2003

In 1 Samuel 12, Samuel gives his farewell speech to the people. He claims that he has not abused his position in any way, and asks the people to confirm this, citing Yahweh and “His anointed” as witnesses in his defense. Who is the “anointed”? Clearly, it is someone distinct from Yahweh, for Samuel is calling on a “double witness” to support his claim. Possibly Saul the Lord’s anointed, since he is already king. But how could Saul confirm Samuel’s… Read more

August 27, 2003

Sermon Notes for August 31: Jubilee, Luke 4:1-44 INTRODUCTION At His baptism, Jesus is filled with the Spirit (Luke 3:21-22). As any Jew would know, the next thing that’s going to happen is a battle. Depend on it: When the Spirit comes, somebody’s gonna get hurt. Like Othniel (Judges 3:10), Gideon (Judges 6:34), Jephthah (Judges 11:29), Samson (Judges 13:25; 14:6; 15:14), and Saul (1 Samuel 11:6), Jesus receives the Spirit to prepare Him for war. Filled with the Spirit, Jesus… Read more

August 25, 2003

Robert C. Tannehill’s 2-volume work, The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts , is full of sharp insights. At least that’s true of the bit I’ve read. He points out, for example, the basic structural device of using prophetic quotations and long speeches to introduce each of the major figures in his history: Luke 3: John the Baptist is introduced with a lengthy excerpt from his preaching and a quotation from Isaiah 40. Luke 4: Jesus is introduced with a sermon at… Read more

August 25, 2003

Like Matthew, Luke records Jesus’ quotation from Deuteronomy 8:3 in response to the devil’s temptation. But the quotations differ: Matthew 4:4: “Man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Luke 4:4: “Man shall not live on bread alone.” What’s happened to the rest of the quotation? Luke 4:22 supplies the answer. When Jesus speaks in the synagogue at Nazareth, everyone is initially astonished at “the gracious words that were… Read more

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