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Does Greg Boyd’s “Shadow” Hermeneutic Amount to a New Marcionism?

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I recently posted this same content on the Society of Vineyard Scholars forum and thought it was worth sharing here too. The following link (provided for reference) is more associated with Peter Enns’ hermeneutical approach, but I wanted to focus here in this post on a similar approach by Greg Boyd. For Boyd, Col. 2:17 provides the critical key to …

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The Bible: A Collection of “Oral Texts”

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…alternatively titled – “Why we should all spend way more time reading the Bible aloud with lots of other people around, and relatively less time reading it alone and silently.” It can seem like an oxymoron to refer to the Bible as a collection of “Oral Texts.” How can written texts be oral? Such an idea is a little confusing …

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The distance between the biblical text and theology (updated)

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I’ll never forget my first semester of biblical theology in seminary. My professor asked us all for a concise definition of theology. Answers rang out from around the room. “The study of God and God’s truth” – “Sound doctrine” – “The harmonization of what we believe” and “biblical teaching” were some of the big ideas that were offered for consideration. …

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It’s the hermeneutics, stupid!

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In my earliest memories of discussions about the Bible, most of the doubts people had about it centered on whether or not the Bible itself was a reliable source of truth. Hadn’t it been corrupted? Were the documents even reliable? What about all those apparent internal inconsistencies? How could we go around saying that such an ancient and out-dated collection of …

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The People who Read the Bible

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Have you ever wondered why two people reading or studying the Bible can come up with such different conclusions about the meaning, impact, implications, or application of the same text of scripture?  It happens all the time and in almost every discussion about the Bible. One of the biggest reasons for this is related to how different people approach and …

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Against the Gods, by John D. Currid

When was the last time that polemical theology was encouraged? It seems as if polemics, a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something, has become quite unfashionable. I recently participated in a conversation on Facebook where several commenters suggested that Christians shouldn’t name theological errors or people who teach them. This is, of course, not something that even …

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Should Textual Criticism Find Expression on Sunday Morning?

I’m curious about whether any of you pastors and scholars have opinions on how textual criticism finds its way into sermons on Sunday. Perhaps the question needs to be stated as Should preachers talk about textual criticism? Some of you might be wondering what, on God’s green earth, is textual criticism. That is a great question! The Pocket Dictionary of …

Interpreting the Pauline Letters, by John D. Harvey

Pauline theology has long been an interest to students of the Bible. With the interest in the New Perspective on Paul, there’s a renewed interest in Pauline exegesis and hermeneutics, though he’s been the subject of many-a-scholar’s focus for nearly 2000 years. Kregel Academic has recently started a new series, Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis, that seeks to “offer the student …

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Debating the KJV-Only Position

It’s been a few years since I encountered someone who held to the “King James Only” position regarding Bible translation. It’s hard to imagine that anyone still believes that the King James Bible is superior to all other English translations because it is the English translation. But apparently there are some people out there that still believe that. Below is a debate …

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Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?, ed. by Hoffmeier & Magary

There are a lot of books that seek to expose problems in the Bible and many others that seek to defend its truthfulness. My shelves are full of books that address issues related to the historicity and truthfulness of the Bible. But there area lot of people, especially in today’s postmodern culture, who tend to take a rather apathetic approach …

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New Testament Documents Date Earlier Than the 4th Century!

Took part in a conversation today where someone suggested the following: ” The new testament was not even written until about 150 years after the so called resurection (that would be the book of Luke). The rest were not written until about 300 years thereafter.” Interesting statement. This person is suggesting that the NT documents were written between 150 to …

Five Reasons Why We Should Trust the NT Documents to Determine Our NT Theology

If we are interested in studying the New Testament (NT) to determine what makes up NT Theology, what sources should be our primary focus? Some traditions suggest that Tradition or ecclesiastical leaders (bishops, presbyters, etc.) should share equal ground with Scripture when we theologize. Despite the difficulties related to determining the authority of such extra sources and beyond illustrating the …

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“Not Always Essentially Literal but Essentially Correct” Translations

In the preface of my ESV, the following words are found: “The ESV is an “essentially literal” translation that seeks as far as possible to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer. As such, its emphasis is on “word-for-word”correspondence, at the same time taking into account differences of grammar, syntax, and …

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Biblical Authors Were Also Editors (Plus Thoughts Regarding the Documentary Hypothesis)

Within the spectrum of Old Testament scholarship, the majority of non-evangelical scholars are advocates of the Documentary Hypothesis. This theory states that the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) was not written completely by Moses but by different post-Mosaic authors.  The theory suggests that these authors are determined by the usage of different Hebrew words within the specific books …

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Should Luke 10:42 read “one thing” or “few things”?!?!

So I just finished reading the first essay of Fee’s in his wonderful To What End Exegesis? I’ve owned this book for about six years now and I’ve read most of the essays but hadn’t read this one – “One Thing is Needful”? (Luke 10:42). The article was originally published in 1981, which is probably why I never read it. The …

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CNN Falls for Ehrman Hook, Line, & Sinker

Is it just me or do most media outlets have an overly trusting infatuation with Bart Ehrman? I recently noted Ehrman’s overall role within NT scholarship (here) and now I just read an article at CNN.com – Former Fundamentalist ‘Debunks’ Bible. There is such a weird intriguing infatuation within most media outlets with this guy. But that’s not what’s so interesting …