Monthly Archives: October 2016

Anderson-salvation and dualism

Continuing somewhat randomly with Paul N. Anderson’s The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel, today I consider more of the theological riddles. There are some related issues in John’s view of salvation. One is the issue of whether you can only … Continue reading

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Anderson-3 periods

In The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel, Paul N. Anderson says there were three periods during which the Gospel of John developed within a specific community: The Palestinian Period-30 to 70 CE The First Asia Minor Period–The Johannine Community-70-85 CE … Continue reading

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Anderson-dialectical thinking

I am reading Paul N. Anderson’s The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel. The fourth gospel has been the center of controversy about the nature of God, Christ and the Trinity. Church history has seen several clashes about this. These stem … Continue reading

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Anderson-Riddles

Last week I read a terrific book. I spent a lot of time in doctor’s offices because I volunteer to drive people who need it to medical appointments. In the process I read The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel: an … Continue reading

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A gate temple at Lacish?

From several passages in the Bible we see that the city gates played an important part in government in ancient Israel.  But after the reforms of Josiah the only recognized shrine with a holy place was the Temple in Jerusalem. … Continue reading

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Dijkstra-Iron Age 1 on the coast and in the hills

I am finishing today with my treatment of Meindert Dijkstra’s “The Origins of Israel Between History and Ideology”. He uses both Israelite and Egyptian documents. But he thinks both are obscured by ideologies that require us to go behind them … Continue reading

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Dijkstra-Merneptah’s footnote

I read Meindert Dijkstra’s article “Origins of Israel Between History and Ideology”. He accepts the common view today that Israel’s history writing is biased and of a late date. From this the minimalist school on Israel’s origins brackets out the biblical … Continue reading

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