Monthly Archives: September 2017

Murphy-O’Connor-the mystery about the collection

I am nearing the end of Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life.  It is a critical life, which means he tried to use the letters of Paul that he judged to be authentic as his main source. After Paul wrote … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-the thorn and a new base

If you have been following my summaries of Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life, you have become aware of his comprehensive theory that Paul broke decisively with his base church at Antioch after his confrontation with Peter there. Furthermore, the … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-Spirit-people and an intruder

After Paul wrote his 1 Corinthians we don’t know exactly what happened.  In Paul: A Critical Life, Jerome Murphy-O’Connor helpfully tabulated the clues we have to go on from passages in 2 Corinthians: (1) A single Christian (2:6, 7:12) made … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-back-and-forth with Corinth

I wrote extensively about 1 Corinthians in 2013 when I read through John Hurd’s now-out-of-print The Origins of 1 Corinthians.  See here. Now  I have come to  the portion of Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: a Critical Life where he dealt with … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-Colossians: authentic and early

In Paul: a Critical Life, Jerome Murphy-O’Connor defended the authenticity of Colossians and set its time during the Ephesian imprisonment in the summer of 53. Paul wrote Colossians and sent it at the same time as the note to Philemon. … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-jail time in Ephesus

For readers of Acts there are three imprisonments of Paul, a brief one at Philippi before the earthquake, a two year imprisonment awaiting trial in Caesarea, and another two- year imprisonment in Rome after he appealed his case to Caesar. … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-the Galatian conflict and response

I am going slow because i do not want to mischaracterize Murphy-O’Connor. I am in awe of the amount of material he covered in Paul: a Critical Life. He included long, fascinating discussions about the places where Paul founded churches. … Continue reading

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