Quotes

Stephen Cook Again

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Another quotable bit from Cook (The Apocalyptic Literature):

“Many Bible readers today awkwardly find themselves kindred spirits of the wayward Corinthian recipients of Paul’s letter. They treat the resurrection of the body as a metphor for spiritual transformation rather than something concrete. They comfort the bereaved with the notions of ethereal, heavenly joys, whitewashing the cold, hard tragedy of the grave. Such thinking fits ancient Hellenistic dualism well, but not the witness of biblical literature. (174)

Yep, I’m pretty sure he’s right on.

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Thought for the Day

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In The Apocalyptic Literature, Stephen L. Cook writes

“Misconceptions about Paul’s theology often hamper today’s readers from properly appreciating and interpreting his apocalypticism. One long strain of interpretation–stretching from Augustine through Luther to Bultmann–has overemphasized the theme of individual salvation in Paul’s thinking. This effectively underplays Paul’s emphasis on cosmic redemption.” (170)

I’d say so!

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Unsettling

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A apt description for line 24 from the Akhmimic text of Apocalypse of Peter (an early Christian apocalypse likely from mid-100s A.D.)

And I saw the murderers and those who conspired with them, cast into a certain strait place, full of evil snakes, and smitten by those beasts, and thus turning to and fro in that punishment; and worms, as it were clouds of darkness, afflicted them. And the souls of the murdered stood and looked upon the punishment of those murderers and said: O God, thy judgment is just.

Yikes!

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Quote of the Day

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Too often, evangelicalism stops at the cross and never takes us on the transforming power of the resurrection.

(via)

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Tweet of the Day

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If you don’t follow Bible Students Say… on Twitter, you really should! It’s hilarious and depressing in 140 characters or less! Here’s one from today that is priceless.

“No one was present at the creation of the universe, so where did Moses, who wrote the book of Genesis, get this information?”

Heaven help us!

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Quote/Thought of the Day

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From Ben Witherington in The Jesus Quest: The Third Search for the Jew of Nazareth

The image of gentle Jesus, meek and mild, going about Galilee offering entertaining stories called parables or engaging in absstract academic debates about various religious notions fails to convey the sensitive and sometimes hostile atmosphere in which Jesus operated and the effect his teaching would have had on those who lived in this environent. (16)

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Quote of the Day

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Today’s quote is from a veritable well of quotable quotes, Dr. Jim West, who says of those currently occupying the White House and Congress,

May God bless America. By removing all of you from office this election.

Amen and amen. You can read the whole letter here.

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Thought for the Day

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In her marvelous book Images of Salvation in the New Testament, author Brenda Colijn states, concerning the books of Hebrews and Revelation,

In both books, salvation is a call to endurance. Discipleship is costly. (289)

To which I would say, Αμην!

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Quote of the Day

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I’m reading an article in the newest JBL by Jennifer A. Glancy and Stephen D. Moore entitled “How Typical a Roman Prostitute Is Revelation’s ‘Great Whore’? and one statement was so humorous that I nearly laughed out loud (I happened to have read it during our break in class, with plenty of people still in the room). Here it is.

Even more memorable than the pimp-emperor is the whore-empress.

Who says scholars are boring! :-)

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Quote of the Day

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“If Abraham’s faith be not in your hearts, it will be no advantage that Abraham’s blood runs in your veins” – John Flavel [1]

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[1] Quoted in Leon Morris, The Epistle to the Romans (PNTC; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988), 352.