Category Archives: Theology

Heiser-elohim, gods and spirits

I am reading Michael Heiser’s The Unseen Realm. His reading of Psalm 82:1 is what led him to question what he had been taught about the nothingness of gods other than the Lord. Sometimes the Hebrew word elohim refers to … 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 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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Soulen-the gospel as Plan A

I am finishing up The God of Israel and Christian Theology.  R. Kendall Soulen offers an alternative to what he calls the standard model of the Christian good news. That standard model has been stated in many ways. Evangelists usually … Continue reading

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Soulen–Karl Rahner’s existential toward God

The book I am blogging about is The God of Israel and Christian Theology. Here R. Kendall Soulen sees in Karl Rahner’s concept of the “supernatural existential” a way forward toward a better way of telling the Christian story. Because … Continue reading

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Soulen-Egypt and all nations

R. Kendall Soulen in The God of Israel and Christian Theology gives us some biblical interpretation worth pondering. To restate something I have already covered, he says that the theme of creation is blessing. God created us to spread his … Continue reading

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Soulen-clearing the way for a better story

After a couple of days thinking about the fatal event that happened in Pittsburgh on Saturday, I return to R. Kendall Soulen’s The God of Israel and Christian Theology. Three theologians feature in Soulen’s attempt to reinterpret the Christian gospel. … Continue reading

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