Welcome back to the third instalment of theLAB’s Hot Seat interview with Matthew Bates on his new book, Salvation by Allegiance Alone. In this segment, we engage Matt on his perception of the gospel message, whether “allegiance alone” can correct current errors in popular soteriology, and where the gospel actually “climaxes.” We end part 3 with a challenge to his translation of pistis based upon the ancient evidence outside the Bible. [Read more…]
We welcome Matthew Bates back to theLAB for a second round of probing questions regarding his new book, Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017).
Here in Part 2, we discuss his “allegiance alone” thesis and its impact on the five solas and eschatology, among other topics. [Read more…]
Not since the Reformation has there been a challenge to the five solas as persistent and potentially persuasive as Matthew W. Bates’ third book, Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017). This book has generated a groundswell of controversy that continues to build as more theologians, pastors, and laypeople are exposed to Bates’ nuanced proposal.
Bates’ thesis, at once radical and obvious, is this: [Read more…]
“There is still quite a perception of extra-canonical literature as not just non-canonical but somehow dangerous,” says Dr. David deSilva in an interview for the Mobile Ed Conversations podcast. “And that’s a prejudice I have worked long and hard to combat.”
Dr. deSilva goes on to explain the importance of extra-canonical literature—how students in his classroom receive it, and why he’s so passionate about it. He also provides some tips on where to start if you’re interested in studying apocryphal texts for the first time.
Dr. David A. deSilva is the trustees’ distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary. He’s written over 20 books in the areas of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism and is a leading expert on the cultural world of the New Testament.
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Dr. deSilva’s Mobile Ed courseware on the Apocrypha (BI291) and The Cultural World of the New Testament (NT201) are being included in Ashland Seminary’s new online Graduate Diploma in New Testament. This enables students to learn remotely and earn graduate-level credit they can use toward a master’s degree.
The program consists of five master’s-level courses incorporating presentations by Ashland faculty, group discussions, webinars, course readings, and assessments while also utilizing Mobile Ed courseware and the Logos Bible Software Gold base package.
The courses focus on engaging the texts and contexts of Scripture, developing a solid foundation in New Testament studies, and encountering the words behind our English translations. Students will also have the opportunity to explore specific topics of interest by choosing from a list of electives.
The Graduate Diploma in New Testament program begins October 3, 2015. Visit Ashland’s website to learn more and register today!
In this episode, Dr. Andrew W. Pitts considers why most scholars view the book of Luke as a biography rather than a history—and then shares his perspective. He also talks about Christ’s faithfulness to us in contrast to our individual faith in Christ.
Dr. Pitts in the 2015 recipient of the Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship. He is the chair of the biblical studies department and assistant professor of biblical studies and Christian ministries at Arizona Christian University.
Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt is associate professor of theology and history of Christianity at Wheaton College. In this episode of Mobile Ed Conversations she talks about the overarching story of the Enlightenment and about her desire to tell the story of the church through the context of the clergy. You can also listen and subscribe on iTunes.
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In this episode of the Mobile Ed Conversations podcast, New Testament professor Dr. Constantine Campbell describes his upcoming projects and unpacks one of the most important questions his students ask: have I lost my passion for the Bible?
“It is probably one of the most important texts, since it’s one of the few in the Second Temple literature that is so specifically concerned and interested in a Davidic messiah,” says Dr. Joel Willitts, professor of biblical and theological studies at North Park University, speaking on Psalms of Solomon 17. “In fact, the text calls that messiah Kyrios Christos, ‘Lord Messiah’—and it’s that kind of confession that we hear on the lips of Paul through his letters time and time again.”
Anyone interested in messianic expectations during the period in which the New Testament was written cannot ignore this important pseudepigraphal text. Further, this chapter from Psalms of Solomon creates interesting messianic translation questions in that it depicts an explicitly militaristic messiah.
“And gird him with strength, that he may shatter unrighteous rulers, and that he may purge Jerusalem from Gentiles who trample (her) down to destruction,” Psalms of Solomon 17 reads, referring to the messiah. “With a rod of iron he shall shatter all their substance; he shall destroy the godless nations with the word of his mouth.”
Dr. Willitts explains how this messianic text ought to be interpreted, in light of Wisdom tradition, in this brief clip from his Mobile Ed course NT202 A Survey of Jewish History and Literature from the Second Temple Period.
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A Conversation on the Davidic Messiah
“Isaiah is the key that unlocks the significance of what the Davidic messiah was going to do,” says Dr. Mark Strauss, professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary. “In Isaiah … you see the messiah is actually going to die as an atoning sacrifice for his people. And so, reading Isaiah as a unity, as certainly Jesus did, and first-century Jews did, you see the messiah is portrayed precisely as Luke portrays him: as the Davidic messiah whose role is to suffer and die and bring forgiveness of sins, and then the expansion of the gospel to the Gentiles.”
You can hear more from Dr. Strauss and Dr. Willitts as they discuss the Davidic messiah throughout the Bible and in other Second Temple literature, in particular, in this episode of the Mobile Ed Conversations podcast:
In this episode of Mobile Ed Conversations, New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Evans talks about his travels to Israel and about his experience of the long road from archaeological discovery to publication. He is especially known for his writing and teaching on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament.
Learn from Dr. Evans in community
One of Dr. Evans’ Mobile Ed courses, NT311 The World of Jesus and the Gospels, is being featured in the first-ever Mobile Ed Summer Session. Starting Monday, you’ll have the opportunity to work through this course with others like you and with a PhD-level moderator who will provide study plans, pose discussion questions, and guide conversation on the material you’re working through together—all at no extra cost.
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I would like to encourage more Logos users to avail themselves of this opportunity. It really does enrich the Mobile Ed program. I have over fifty of the Mobile Ed courses and each is good as a self study, but this moderated session moves the education to a higher level.
Dr. Evans’ course leads you through the events that built the New Testament world: the decline of the Persian Empire, the rise of Alexander the Great, Israel’s military engagements and religious movements, and more. You’ll gain a better understanding of the New Testament by understanding the events leading up to it.
You can participate in just this course or take part in all three courses that are offered. When you purchase all three, you’ll also get a special discount.
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In one of our most popular episodes from the vault of the Mobile Ed Conversations podcast, Dr. Darrell Bock, author and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary discusses his recent research, Progressive Dispensationalism, patterned prophecy in the Old Testament, and key passages in the Book of Luke.