Stephen Cook Again

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

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

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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Tweet of the Day

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

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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