Category Archives: Paul

Barclay-now that I am reading the book

Three years ago I was writing about John Barclay’s book, Paul and the Gift. Well, actually, I was using some of his YouTube lectures, because the book was so expensive. Now the price of the book has come down. I … Continue reading

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A Good Friday/Easter reflection on the promise of paradise

On this Good Friday, and with a quarantined Easter coming, I offer some thoughts about the so-called “thief on the cross” and Jesus’ statement to him “Today you shall be with me in paradise.” This story comes from Luke 23:39-43. … Continue reading

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Nanos-broken off or damaged olive branches?

I have read the next two essays in Reading Romans Within Judaism by Mark Nanos. The first essay was written for non-scholarly audience and is valuable for the way it more plainly states the way Nanos reads Romans 9-11.  The … Continue reading

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Nanos-the weak

Mark Nanos departs from traditional interpretation so much that students of Romans who have gotten used to the old ways of interpreting the letter can get lost. I admit that I have struggled to see what Nanos means. But I … Continue reading

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Nanos-how odd of God

Thus, Paul seeks to explain how the gentiles of Rome have entered in to Israel’s story, a story intended for the restoration of the whole creation. (Mark Nanos, Reading Romans Within Judaism, Essay 3: “The Jewish Context of the Gentile … Continue reading

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Had Paul’s Roman readers already broken with Judaism?

My new book project is a Mark Nanos book of essays called Reading Romans within Judaism.  I am reading the essays in his second volume. I have read quite a bit of the work of Nanos. I heard him lecture … Continue reading

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Savary-Teilhard’s fourth way

People often assume that there is a contradiction between religious devotion and passionate involvement in this world. Louis Savary in Teilhard De Chardin: The Divine Milieu Explained summarizes the options that arise from this assumption. If those who live life … Continue reading

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Savary-Teilhard de Chardin’s Total Christ

I am reading Teilhard de Chardin The Divine Milieu Explained by Louis M. Savary at the same time as I am rereading The Divine Milieu itself. Savary’s book is aimed at people interested in spirituality. His idea is that Teilhard’s … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-common ideas but a different direction

From the Qumran document called the Commentary on Habakkuk comes a passage that was an explanation of the phrase from Habakkuk 2:4 that says “the righteous will live by their faith”. According to the translation here, the passage reads: Interpreted, … Continue reading

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Heiser-a not-so-pure monotheism

My new reading project is The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible by Michael S. Heiser. The reason I am looking at this book derives from something I’ve been thinking about for a while that came to … Continue reading

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