Stoicism

This topic has come up in N T Wright’s Magnus Opum – Paul and the Faithfulness of God as one of the factors that would have been highly influential in the time of Paul, particularly in the Greek world. Key foundations are logic, physics and ethics.Watch...

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The New Perspective on Paul

So I haven't posted for a while. I am half way through my Introduction to the New Testament module, and now on Romans. The New Perspective on Paul - basically this means that recent protestant Theologians have recognised that first century Jews did not believe that...

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Shabir Ali vs Dr William Lane Craig

Resuscitation theory - liberal German scholarship 1700s and 1800s - discredited The Qur'an says clearly that Jesus not crucified( Sura 4) Other place crucifixion mentioned  in Sura 5 it is not equated with death (So can't say they meant no crucifixion as didn't die by...

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5 Greek Words in 1 John

Parrhsia – The original meaning of this word is ‘freedom of speech’. If you were a citizen in a Greek city-state you had the right to speak out freely at a public assembly. The word came to mean frankness or outspokenness, and then confidence and boldness. In the...

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The Holiness of God in Christ

I have recently been thinking about every aspect of God by looking at Christ. This is nothing bizarre but simply a logical response to verses such as Hebrews 1:3: "The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things...

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Sam, Michael and Anna

Once upon a time there were three children called Sam, Michael and Anna. Now these children were best friends and all went to the same school. One day it was RE. Today Miss T. Ollertant was teaching about Buddhism. She told the class that Buddhism was the best...

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Agents/recipients of wrath

There are many examples in the Old Testament of people and nations being instruments of God's justice only to find themselves later rebuked or destroyed themselves. Jehu -  After destroying Ahab's family (2 Kings 9,10) which seemed at the time to be accomplishing the...

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The Judges: an overview

Judge: Othniel Tribe: Judah Ref: 3:7 - 11 Oppressor: Aram Naharaim Years of oppression: 8 Years of peace: 40 Judge: Ehud Tribe: Benjamin Ref: 3:12 - 30 Oppressor: Moab, Amalek, Ammon Years of oppression: 18 Years of peace: 80 Judge: Deborah/ Barak Tribe: Naphtali Ref:...

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Order and Creation in the Ancient Near East

The three great influences on the Hebrew Bible are Canaan, Egypt and Babylon. Each of these had well developed beliefs about the gods, creation and order in the cosmos. In the Ancient Near East they had no concept of nothingness before creation. For them the opposite...

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Daughter Zion Speaks in Auschwitz by K.M. Wilson

Daughter Zion Speaks in Auschwitz: A Post-Holocaust Reading of Lamentation [1] In this very interesting article Kelly Wilson makes the reader engage properly with the suffering of the women and children in the book of Lamentations. By comparing the suffering...

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The Oracles of Balaam

Numbers 22-24 Balaam son of Beor is a curios character - a man of extremes. He was from Pethor near the Euphrates so hundreds of miles east from Moab. On the one hand he held to what God said. He refused to curse Israel against God's will. However, he was lured by...

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Abraham in context

Just watched video from http://brucegore.com/VideoPlay2.aspx Was interesting but not as good as the videos on Enuma Elish and The Epic of Gilgamesh. Some interesting points. When looking on map I saw the main cities along the fertile crescent: Allepo, Damascus, Haran,...

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Epic of Gilgamesh

In a recent post we looked at the similarities between the creation account found in Genesis 1 and the Akkadian legend of Enuma Elish. We saw that there were similarities in the way physical things are described but great differences in the way that God or gods are...

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Genesis 3 and 4

Similarities between Genesis 3 and 4. 1. God has warned Caan as he warned Adam and Eve. 2. God confronts Caan as he did Adam. 3. A curse is pronounced. 4. There is a sending away. Caan is sent away from farming to being a restless wanderer. 5. There is mercy even in...

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