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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.

Church Write-Up: Reanimating the Demoralized, Forgiveness in II Corinthians 1-7, Zacchaeus the Son of Abraham, Joshuas

Here are some items from the church services and activities that I attended last Sunday. A.  Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday.  The pastor at the Missouri Synod Lutheran church was preaching about Ezekiel 37, which is about the valley of … Continue reading

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Michael Kok: Ananias and Sapphira

In Acts 2:43-47 and 4:32-35, there is an idyllic picture of the Jerusalem Church. All its members share their food and fellowship together, witness the miracles performed by the apostles, and voluntarily sell all of their possessions and redistribute the … Continue reading

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Review: The God Who Makes Himself Known

Originally posted on Bob on Books:
The God Who Makes Himself Known (New Studies in Biblical Theology), W. Ross Blackburn. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2012. Summary: A study of the theology of the book of Exodus contending that it reflects God’s missionary…

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Poverty of anti-poverty — occasional links & commentary

The majority of government expenditures in the United States go towards social insurance and means-tested transfers.* And the good news is, they work. According to recent report by Bruce D. Meyer and Derek Wu, Social Security cuts the poverty rate … Continue reading

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Responding to Critiques of Inerrancy — Biblical Reasoning

In Can We Still Believe the Bible?, Craig Blomberg offers some observations on critiques of inerrancy and the idea that inerrancy “dies the death of a thousand qualifications” (pp. 126-130). He first employs Paul Feinberg’s definition: “Inerrancy means that when … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Darkness Visible, by Karlo V. Bordjadze

Karlo V. Bordjadze.  Darkness Visible: A Study of Isaiah 14:3-23 as Christian Scripture.  Eugene: Pickwick, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Karlo V. Bordjadze has a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Durham University and teaches at Ashland Theological Seminary.  … Continue reading

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Henze-the messiah concept

Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
Matthias Henze in Mind the Gap has a thought-provoking discussion of how understanding the writings that emerged during the 400 year gap between Old and New Testaments affects such a foundational Christian concept as messiah. Christ is…

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