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“My Lord and my God”

Alex Finkelson Andrew, Have you considered this text from Philo in relation to Thomas’ confession? “For he [Moses] also was called the god and king of the whole nation, and he is said to have entered into the... (Fri, 28/04/2017 - 16:52)

Substitutionary versus anti-substitutionary theories: both lose, one more than the other

Peter replied to Andrew Brandos seems to think Jesus recognized his mission was much bigger than Israel; it was the redemption of the world. And it wasn’t until after Jesus’ death that his disciples realized this and saw... (Tue, 25/04/2017 - 02:56)

Salvation By Allegiance Alone (2): Paul’s gospel and the sweeping plains of history

Andrew replied to Alex Finkelson Basically, I don’t think the modern church has really grasped the seriousness of the threat posed to its existence by secular humanism—or worse, by what comes after secular humanism. Theological... (Mon, 24/04/2017 - 12:58)
Alex Finkelson Andrew, Can you explain what you meant by this: “historical coherence will prove too valuable an asset to be disregarded by the witnessing community.” If the church has been happy with readings that... (Mon, 24/04/2017 - 06:57)
Andrew replied to John Shakespeare The zoo is a bargain at 5 Turkish Lira—not much more than a pound at the moment. But I’m not trying to stop people reading Matthew’s book. It’s an excellent contribution to the general debate. I just... (Sat, 22/04/2017 - 21:35)
John Shakespeare Well, that’s saved me $24. Thank you. How much is entry to that zoo? (Sat, 22/04/2017 - 19:19)

Salvation By Allegiance Alone (1): a review on the basis of the Introduction alone

Andrew replied to Robert Fairbanks Ah, so that’s where I know the name from! I shall show him the utmost respect! Nice to hear from you. (Thu, 20/04/2017 - 21:38)
Robert Fairbanks Hey Andrew, I hope you are well. Matt is a dear friend of mine and a former member of the church I pastored. As a matter of fact, I was honored to officiate him and his wife’s wedding. You’d like him... (Thu, 20/04/2017 - 20:52)

He did not descend into hell… and what really did happen at Easter

Andrew replied to Joel Hi Joel. There’s a lot in this, more than I can respond to at the moment.The comment about “theology and metaphysics” wasn’t directed at the passage specifically. It had to do with my general... (Thu, 20/04/2017 - 19:52)
Andrew replied to Peter I’m not sure how confident we can be about how ancient Jews conceived these things, but there is perhaps a distinction to be made between the physical grave or tomb and Sheol/Hades as a gloomy and... (Thu, 20/04/2017 - 18:59)
Joel I am surprised that you say “the church has treated Jesus’ death and resurrection largely as a matter of theology and metaphysics” in relation to this passage, as I would interpret the descent into... (Thu, 20/04/2017 - 18:49)
peter wilkinson Andrew - there’s still a problem with the argument which follows your interpretation of 1 Peter 3:18-20 under “and what really happened at Easter?” You have said here and elsewhere that the death of... (Thu, 20/04/2017 - 08:48)
Peter I’ve always assumed hades was just the Greek term for the grave and was synonymous with sheol. If that’s the case, then it would seem Luke was just saying he wasn’t left in the grave to rot. (A... (Wed, 19/04/2017 - 21:38)
Andrew replied to Scott Not sure. Peter says of Jesus, “he was not abandoned to Hades”, quoting Psalm 16:8-11 (Acts 2:31). Does he mean that Jesus was not left in Sheol/Hades, or that he did not even go to Sheol/Hades? I... (Sun, 16/04/2017 - 16:11)
Scott Andrew - I guess you’d be ok with the phrase, “descended into hades” in the Apostle’s Creed? (Sun, 16/04/2017 - 14:51)

Wright and the divinity of Jesus

Xavier replied to Thom Stark Could you share those YHWH texts from Qumran, Enoch and any other extra-Biblical sources? Thanks. (Tue, 18/04/2017 - 04:08)
Jaco replied to Thom Stark Good to see you here, Thom. (Sun, 16/04/2017 - 10:56)
Thom Stark replied to Mike Gantt There were in fact versions of the LXX circulating that used the paleo-Hebrew script to write YHWH in the Greek text. See this. Also, in LXX versions where YHWH was represented as kyrios, it is... (Sat, 15/04/2017 - 18:44)

Why talking to the exalted Jesus was not prayer

Marc Taylor replied to Thom Stark In Acts 7:59 the Lord Jesus heard what Stephen said at that moment[*1] but in Acts 25:11 Caesar did not hear what Paul said at that moment. Stephen prayed to the Lord Jesus but Paul did not pray to... (Sat, 15/04/2017 - 23:45)
Andrew replied to Thom Stark A good observation. (Sat, 15/04/2017 - 18:54)
Thom Stark replied to Marc Taylor “While they were stoning Stephen, he called out [ἐπικαλούμενον], saying, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit’ ” (Acts 7:59). “Now if I am in the wrong and have committed something for which I deserve to... (Sat, 15/04/2017 - 18:46)

Simon Gathercole’s argument about pre-existence and divine identity in the Synoptics

Thom Stark replied to peter wilkinson When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this fellow speak in this way?... (Sat, 15/04/2017 - 21:47)

Michael Bird on the question of whether Jesus thought of himself as God

Thom Stark replied to Patrick I’m not sure how even Caiaphas (who rejected the book of Daniel, and resurrection, and angels) could confuse “the Son of Man” for “El Elyon.” Jesus is threatening the temple regime and claiming to be... (Sat, 15/04/2017 - 21:08)

The message of the Bible in one sentence

Richard Cliff Quite a challenge; From the beginning Yeshua Messiah, by the authority of the Father and by the power of the Holy Spirit, offered himself as the blameless lamb of YHWH so that those of faith who... (Sat, 15/04/2017 - 12:32)

Jesus and redemptive violence

Andrew replied to Chris Jones Between the Edict of Milan in 313 and the Edict of Thessalonica in 380—the period during which the nations of the empire formally stopped worshipping the old gods and turned to serve instead the one... (Wed, 12/04/2017 - 18:01)
Chris Jones Andrew, You end with this “The overthrow of pagan imperialism, which was also foreseen in the Old Testament—the victory of YHWH over the nations—would be achieved not by violence but by the word of... (Wed, 12/04/2017 - 12:48)

Jesus’ parable of the wicked tenants: an exercise in narrative-historical hermeneutics

peter wilkinson replied to Andrew There may be something else to add. Perhaps a couple of things, and I’m simply putting this out for further consideration. Zechariah 4:7 introduces another stone, eben roshah, which Zerubbabel brings... (Wed, 12/04/2017 - 06:48)
Andrew replied to peter wilkinson Well, I gave my reasons in the comment. I don’t think I have anything else to add. The temple is not in need of a cornerstone. The chief cornerstone doesn’t have to do with anything else—old... (Tue, 11/04/2017 - 23:25)
peter wilkinson replied to Andrew I’m puzzled by your standpoint. The context of Psalm 118 is the temple. What else would the chief cornerstone have to do with? Likewise the context of Ephesians 2:20 and 1 Peter 2:2:4-9 is the temple... (Tue, 11/04/2017 - 23:19)
Doane replied to Rich I would add that Jesus opens their eyes(disciples) gives them a multi week bible study teaching them all about The Kingdom. Im assuming the greatest bible study in the history of the world. Then when... (Tue, 11/04/2017 - 21:30)