Monthly Archives: May 2018

Henze-push back and challenges

This post will conclude my reading of Matthias Henze’s Mind the Gap: How Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testaments Help Us Understand Jesus.   One way Henze summarizes his argument is with this acknowledgement …our reading of the … Continue reading

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Henze-resurrection and apocalypse

The resurrection of the dead is an important doctrine in the New Testament, but support for the doctrine in the Old Testament is ambiguous. In fact some passages explicitly deny resurrection:  The dead shall not live. The departed spirits shall … Continue reading

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Henze-weightier matters

The New Testament view of the law or torah is controversial. Many Christians seem under the impression that Jesus and Paul were against the Jewish law and that their goal was a law-free religion. But recently scholars have more and … Continue reading

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Henze-demons: from Noah to Jesus

One thing about the gospels that is embarrassing to modernity is the prominence of demon possession. In just Mark’s gospel there are four detailed stories of Jesus performing exorcisms.  It is popular today to give psychological, medical, or even political … Continue reading

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Henze-the messiah concept

Matthias Henze in Mind the Gap has a thought-provoking discussion of how understanding the writings that emerged during the 400 year gap between Old and New Testaments affects such a foundational Christian concept as messiah. Christ is the basis for the … Continue reading

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Henze-the books in the gap

I am reading more of Matthias Henze’s Mind the Gap. These are the Jewish writings from the 400 year Second Temple period gap between the Old and New Testaments that Henze considers: The Dead Sea Scrolls The Septuagint 1 Enoch … Continue reading

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Distracted by old clay tablets

The Mitanni empire included Haran, the city from which Abraham was called to go to Canaan.  It is the area where patriarchs went to get wives.  All this is according to the epics of Genesis. We know a good deal … Continue reading

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