Monthly Archives: November 2008

Legalistic Christians?

Source: H. Graetz, History of the Jews, volume II (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1893) 473. “[According to the Mishna, t]he discharge of certain duties secures the enjoyment of reward on earth and in the world to come; such … Continue reading

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Principle-Centered

Source: John Sellars, Stoicism (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006) 114-122. In this post, I’m not going to comment on a specific quote, but I’ll touch on the gist of what I read today. For the Stoics, we shouldn’t base … Continue reading

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Sibylline Oracles, Apocalypse, Flood

Source: J.J. Collins, “The Sibylline Oracles,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 363. “This passage refers to a conflagration, followed by a resurrection of the dead and a judgment. Even if this … Continue reading

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The JFK Assassination

Today is the anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. Some of my readers were alive when it happened. I’m not exactly sure what to say about Kennedy. There are books that claim he was corrupt, yet there are many who herald … Continue reading

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Judah’s Lecture Notes

Source: H. Graetz, History of the Jews, volume II (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1893) 460-461. “The style of Judah’s Mishna is concise, well-rounded, and intelligent, and is thereby well adapted to impress itself firmly on the memory. He … Continue reading

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II Clement, Gentiles, and Idolatry

II Clement 1:7 states, “We were defective in our understandings; worshipping stones and wood; gold, and silver, and brass, the work of men’s hands…” (Translation from The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden.) In my … Continue reading

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Clement, Dispensationalism, and Salvation

For my daily quiet time, I’ve been reading early Christian writings, such as Shepherd of Hermas, Barnabas, and I-II Clement. Their Christianity seems to differ from dispensationalism, particularly the brand I encounter when I read Bullinger and Scofield. According to … Continue reading

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