Category Archives: Acts

Scattered Ramblings on Loving, but Not Liking, People

At church this morning, the pastor preached about the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).  The pastor was saying that love for neighbor is not about how we feel about our neighbor, and how our neighbor feels about us; … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Book of Acts in Its Diaspora Setting, by Irina Levinskaya

Irina Levinskaya.  The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting, Volume 5: The Book of Acts in Its Diaspora Setting.  Grand Rapids, William B.Eerdmans/Carlisle: The Paternoster Press, 1996. This book is the fifth volume of a series about the … Continue reading

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Luke the Maverick?

In The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, Bart Ehrman argues that Luke-Acts does not believe that Jesus died to atone for people’s sins.  Jesus’ death in Luke-Acts is significant in another way, according to Ehrman.  Ehrman makes a variety of arguments … Continue reading

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Paul, Christianity, and Judaism at Last Night’s Bible Study

At my church’s Bible study last night, we did Session 11, which is entitled “Paul’s Peace Movement”.  We’re going through Romans: The Letter That Changed the World, with Mart De Haan & Jimmy DeYoung. My posts on my church’s Bible … Continue reading

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Aniconic Stoics; the Beard

I finished The Cambridge History of Christianity: Origins to Constantine.  I have two items. 1.  On page 569, Robin Jensen states: “Paul had been arguing in the synagogue with devout Jews and addressed his speech on the Areopagus to Epicurean … Continue reading

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Early Judaic African Christianity

For my write-up today on The Cambridge History of Christianity: Origins to Constantine, I’ll quote what Maureen Tilley says about early African Christianity on page 386: “The Semitic roots of Punic religion raise the question of the origins of Christianity … Continue reading

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Supersessionism; A More Ethical Acts 15:20

I started Brad Young’s Paul the Jewish Theologian.  I have two items: 1.  On page 3, Young quotes Abraham Joshua Heschel, who talks about Christian supersessionism: “The Christian message, which in its origins intended to be an affirmation and culmination … Continue reading

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The Sadducees and Angels; the Pharisees’ Lemons

For my write-up today on volume 3 of John Meier’s A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, I have two items. 1.  Acts 23:8 says that the Sadducees did not believe in angels or spirits.  Meier finds this odd because … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Death in Acts; Matthew—-Jew or Gentile?

I finished Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity, volume 1, and I have two: 1.  S.G. Wilson states on pages 157-158: “…the soteriological significance of Jesus’ death is never made explicit in the missionary speeches and is rarely apparent elsewhere in Luke-Acts.  … Continue reading

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God’s Offspring

G. Reale, A History of Ancient Philosophy: The Schools of the Imperial Age, trans. John R. Catan (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990) 84-87. Today, I read about the Stoicism of Epictetus, the slave philosopher who lived in … Continue reading

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