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About theoutwardquest

I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.

Hebrews and replacement theology

Here is hat tip to James Bradford Pate  of James’ Ramblings for a link to this paper by a Jewish author drawing back a bit from the view that the New Testament book of Hebrews supports replacement theology, for which the … Continue reading

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Thoughts about the opposition to Paul

I have been considering the opposition to Paul since reading Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life.  Although I could not totally agree with his theory of Paul’s opponents, his treatment did make this a bigger issue in my mind.  Some … Continue reading

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Jews, Kurds, and a weird coincidence

Among the ethnic and nationalist movements that have made news lately has been a vote for independence by Iraqi Kurds.  Actually, the Kurds are in Turkey and Iran too. All three countries strongly oppose Kurdish independence.  But Israel gives the … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-appreciation and caveat

I’ve completed Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life.  It was a great read. He used his vast knowledge of the 1st century Hellenistic world to flesh out Paul’s life. There was much in the book that was very helpful. He … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-Paul’s last years

The assumption I have held from the days I studied Paul in seminary is that Nero executed him at the end of the two years of custody in Rome, in about 62.  However, this assumption is based on Acts and … Continue reading

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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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