Category Archives: Theology

Greenblatt on Augustine

I have wondered if the puritanism that seems to be behind  the cultural, Christian right is necessary.  The Christian right is on to something, I think, in its opposition to abortion on demand and its  suspicion of the isolation of … Continue reading

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Wright-the David story as a parable of power

I am interested in the historical happenings behind events recounted in the Bible.  So what I have read about David has often been speculation about the events of his rise and rule. I say “speculation” because, apart from the biblical … Continue reading

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Levenson, Barclay-wrap up

I want to bring Jon Levenson’s The Love of God and John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift into some kind of relation. Although both books talk about the love of God, they are different, not just because one is by … Continue reading

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Love and election, a detour

When I was listening to John Barclay talk about Paul’s notion that Abraham received grace without regard to his worth, I vaguely remembered something I had read in another book by Jon Levenson. I found it. Levenson has been talking … Continue reading

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Barclay-the gift in context of other schools of thought

Today I will talk a little about John Barclay’s work on the gift of God within  context of the current debates concerning the New Perspective on Paul (NPP) and Paul-within-Judaism. The New Perspective today is associated with James Dunn and … Continue reading

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Barclay–life from death

I should point out that in taking up John Barclay’s interpretation of Galatians and Romans, I am beginning near the end of what he treats in his book, Paul and the Gift. He has laid the foundation for his interpretation … Continue reading

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Barclay-incongruent grace in Romans

John Barclay in a lecture before the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome gave the essence of his treatment of Galatians and Romans, which also appears in the book, Paul and the Gift. We come to his discussion of Romans. He … Continue reading

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