Category Archives: Paul

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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Fredriksen-wrap up about Christian and Jewish messianism

David Novak is a Jewish scholar who has long been a dialogue partner with Catholic theologians. He had an article in First Things a couple of months ago about the difference between hard and soft supersessionism. In the current First … Continue reading

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Fredriksen and possible ways to understand the failure of Paul’s eschatology

Paula Fredriksen, in Paul, the Pagan’s Apostle, holds that Paul expected the return of Christ in his generation. If Paul (and Jesus) thought the apocalyptic coming of the kingdom of God would happen in the first century, how are we … Continue reading

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Fredriksen and my thoughts on Purim

Today is Purim on the Jewish calendar. This holiday has the Book of Esther at its center. Haman hated the Jews and wanted to eliminate them. The Book of Esther tells how they were saved–not how God saved them, since … Continue reading

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