One scholar has referred to 2 Corinthians as the “sleeping giant” of Paul’s letters—often under-appreciated but packing explosive theological power. I wish all Christians would commit themselves to studying this rich text carefully. Nevertheless, even in scholarship it has been widely neglected.[Read more…]
Last Summer, a special event was held at Durham University in which a number of prominent Protestant and Catholic theologians came together to (kindly) debate grace. The event was titled, “Reading Paul Today: Grace and Gift for Protestant and Catholic Theology,” and was sponsored by Durham’s Center for Catholic Studies. The impetus for this gathering was John M. G. Barclay’s paradigm-shifting work on charis, or grace, in Paul and the Gift (Eerdmans).[Read more…]
by Adam Winn | University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Rome and Rome’s empire have always been recognized as significant pieces of the New Testament’s background. It was a Roman governor who sentenced Jesus to die on a Roman cross. It was a Roman centurion who was the first Gentile convert in Acts. It was on Roman roads that Paul traveled to bring the gospel of a crucified Messiah to the Gentile world. And it was to the Roman government that Paul and Peter demanded Christians give obedience and proper respect.[Read more…]
“Humility, faith, faithfulness, worship.” [Read more…]
We’ve had a few significant posts on the Dead Sea Scrolls here on theLAB the last few weeks, including Craig Evans’s breaking news of the discovery of Cave 12, and then a follow-up post that asked the question of the importance of studying the scrolls at all.
In this post, I have two objectives: first, I’m going to introduce you to two of the best ways to study the DSS; second, I’ll show you how to use these resources by looking at two brief examples. [Read more…]