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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.

I’m Mistaken for a Hippie — Clarissa’s Blog

I received the first negative review of my book. All publicity is good publicity, so I’m not heart-broken over it. The review is very poorly written, and I’m having trouble figuring out what it is that the reviewer is objecting … Continue reading

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Christology as Theology: John Webster’s Turn to the Immanent God as the Salvage of the Economic God of Modernity — The Evangelical Calvinist

John Webster surveys three important modern theologians as examples of thinkers who to one extent or another, as he notes, reduce all theological endeavor to Christology or ‘incarnation.’ Formation of Christology by some or all of these principles may result … Continue reading

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Abraham and His Altars

Originally posted on Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old Testament:
The divine call came to Abraham while he was still in Haran (in the early patriarchal narratives, Abraham’s name appears as Abram. The new name of Abraham will be…

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St Basil the Great and the Divinity of the Holy Spirit

Originally posted on Eclectic Orthodoxy:
“I neither chose to name the Holy Spirit God nor dare to call him a creature,” declared Eustathius of Sebaste in response to the Neo-Arian denial of the divinity of the Holy Spirit. At first…

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The Text-Critical Evidence for the Pericope Adulterae

Originally posted on The Jesus Memoirs:
For readers who are interested in the manuscript evidence for the “pericope adulterae” in John 7:53-8:11 and in other locations in the Gospels of John and Luke, see the excellent article by Chris Keith…

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Leuchter-a new take on the Merneptah stele

Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
Finally, I have been able to begin to read Mark Leuchter’s The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity. My readers may have noticed that I have had a focus on the Israelite priesthood in my…

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Open Thread: Trump-Putin Summit and Mounting Hysteria — OffGuardian

Yesterday, Trump and Putin met for a summit in Helsinki. The resulting hysteria, all throughout the mainstream media and in the minds of neocon and (self-described) “liberals” alike. Just to be clear – it is not unusual for heads of … Continue reading

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