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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. 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 have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also 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.

Book Write-Up: Paul and the Giants of Philosophy

Joseph R. Dodson and David E. Briones, ed. Paul and the Giants of Philosophy: Reading the Gospel in Greco-Roman Context. IVP Academic, 2019. See here to purchase the book. This book compares and contrasts the apostle Paul’s ideas with those … Continue reading

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Church Write-Up: Church at Home (Week 1)

Here are some items from the church services on Wednesday and Sunday. I watched them online. A. Sunday’s church service was very well done. I felt almost as if I were there. The pastor led the liturgy and did the … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies, by Nijay K. Gupta

Nijay K. Gupta. A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies: Understanding Key Debates. Baker Academic, 2020. See here to purchase the book. Nijay K. Gupta teaches New Testament at Portland Seminary. This book presents and assesses the spectrum of scholarly … Continue reading

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Parsing the tree of knowledge — Triablogue

9 The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The God Who Trusts, by Wm. Curtis Holtzen

Wm. Curtis Holtzen. The God Who Trusts: A Relational Theology of Divine Faith, Hope, and Love. IVP Academic, 2019. See here to purchase the book. Wm. Curtis Holtzen teaches philosophy and theology at Hope International University. To quote the back … Continue reading

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Church Write-Up: Forgiveness (Red Letter Challenge)

I am writing my post about church a little earlier today than usual. The reason is that I will be going to work this afternoon, so I will not be writing the post after my traditional, epic Sunday nap. The … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: A Multitude of Peoples, by Vince L. Bantu

Vince L. Bantu. A Multitude of Peoples: Engaging Christianity’s Global Identity. IVP Academic, 2020. See here to purchase the book. Vince L. Bantu teaches church history and Black church studies at Fuller. This book is about the history of Christianity … Continue reading

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