For many years I’ve been enamored with Paul’s words in 2 Thessalonians 1:8–9, in which he claims that those who have been troubling the Thessalonians would be dealt with at the return of Jesus with/in flaming fire, meting out retribution to those who do not know God and who do not obey the gospel of… Continue reading Obedience to the Gospel?
As part of preparing for my exams (upcoming next month), I’ve been reading through various NT introductory texts (to the point I’ve grown weary of it!). I don’t know that I’ve read any of them cover to cover, but I’ve read a fair amount of them and have come to like some more than others.… Continue reading New Testament Introductions
I received this volume several years ago, but I wanted to tout its usefulness for those who may not have picked up a copy. The book is James Ware’s Synopsis of the Pauline Letters in Greek and English, published by Baker in 2010. For those who may not know, Ware has taken the Pauline texts… Continue reading A Most Useful Volume
Ben Witherington had this to say about the final cosmic battle in Revelation: There is such a strong stress on God’s control over the final eschatological situation in apocalyptic literature that when in fact one gets to the final showdown, it turns out not to be a battle between human forces, which we might call… Continue reading The Final Battle
I was reading through Romans 1 earlier and was curious how you out there interpret the phrase ἐκ πίστεως εἰς πίστιν. I haven’t read through commentaries or works on Romans lately, so I don’t recall what the prevailing interpretation is (if one is even more dominant than others). Here’s the whole verse: δικαιοσύνη γὰρ θεοῦ… Continue reading From Faith to Faith
One among many issues in the book of Revelation concerns the mark of the beast–666. While I have my own interpretation/understanding of what that means, it’s been the subject of intense debate over the years. A plethora of candidates have been offered–Muhammad, the Roman Catholic Church, the papacy, various individual popes, Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen, Martin Luther,… Continue reading John’s Use of Gematria
Stephen Moore writes, Parody of the Roman imperial order permeates Revelation, reaching a scurrilous climax in the depiction of the goddess Roma, austere and noble personification the urbs aeterna, as a tawdry whore who has had a little too much drink. Stephen D. Moore, “The Revelation to John,” in A Postcolonial Commentary on the New… Continue reading On Revelation and Empire