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Book Write-Up: Our Deepest Desires

Gregory E. Ganssle.  Our Deepest Desires: How the Christian Story Fulfills Human Aspirations.  IVP Academic, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Gregory E. Ganssle teaches philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, which is at Biola University.  Ganssle articulates his … Continue reading

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The Audience of Hebrews

Originally posted on The Jesus Memoirs:
The Audience of Hebrews Provenance Jerusalem or Judaea in General: This is supported by some Patristic authorities and by Miniscule 81 (11th century) which has the title “To the Hebrews, written from Rome by…

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

Originally posted on 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 began…

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