Monthly Archives: September 2017

Early Textual Transmission of Christian Texts

Originally posted on Larry Hurtado's Blog:
Assumptions and claims about the transmission of the texts of early Christian writings continue to require correction.  Old assumptions and claims die slowly, advocates sometimes seeming so wedded to them that they exhibit…

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Murphy-O’Connor-back-and-forth with Corinth

Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
I wrote extensively about 1 Corinthians in 2013 when I read through John Hurd’s now-out-of-print The Origins of 1 Corinthians.  See here. Now  I have come to  the portion of Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: a Critical Life…

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Book Write-Up: Institutional Intelligence

Gordon T. Smith.  Institutional Intelligence: How to Build an Effective Organization.  IVP Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Institutional Intelligence is about how to run an institution.  Such institutions include non-profits and churches, but author Gordon T. Smith … Continue reading

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EerdWord: Steward of God’s Mysteries

Jerry L. Sumney is author of the new book Steward of God’s Mysteries: Paul and Early Church Tradition. A lot of people don’t like the Apostle Paul. Some don’t like him because they think (mistakenly) that he didn’t think women … Continue reading

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Church Write-Up: The Law and Eternal Life

For church last Sunday, I watched some church services at home.  The reason I did not go out was that the air quality was poor, due (I presume) to the recent forest fires in Washington and Oregon. A.  The first … Continue reading

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What is Brotherly Love? (1 Thessalonians 4:9–10)

Reblogging for future reference. Reading Acts In 1 Thessalonians 4:9–10 Paul encourages the church at Thessalonica to pursue “brotherly love.” What is brotherly love? The noun used here (φιλαδελφία) was only used for literal family relationships before the Christian community … Continue reading

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Forgiveness…Once Again, by Paul D. Adams

I’m repeatedly reminded (and deeply saddened by) how little some people understand about forgiveness. Despite the need to grasp, receive, and extend this vital virtue into our lives, the human capacity to withhold it and the seemingly vigorous need to … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-Colossians: authentic and early

Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
In Paul: a Critical Life, Jerome Murphy-O’Connor defended the authenticity of Colossians and set its time during the Ephesian imprisonment in the summer of 53. Paul wrote Colossians and sent it at the same time as…

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Murphy-O’Connor-jail time in Ephesus

Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
For readers of Acts there are three imprisonments of Paul, a brief one at Philippi before the earthquake, a two year imprisonment awaiting trial in Caesarea, and another two- year imprisonment in Rome after he appealed…

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Book Write-Up: Between One Faith and Another

Peter Kreeft.  Between One Faith and Another: Engaging Conversations on the World’s Great Religions.  IVP Books, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Peter Kreeft teaches philosophy at Boston College and is the author of over fifty books.  Because Kreeft … Continue reading

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