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What did Jesus fear in Gethsemane?

Susan replied to Jim Buckman Thank you for this explanation. I just heard it preached that Jesus was NEVER afraid. I thought for Him to be able to sympathize with me, he would have needed to have felt this human emotion at least... (Fri, 25/05/2018 - 13:14)

The resurrection of the just and the unjust in Daniel 12:2, and the horizons of New Testament eschatology

Andrew replied to davo Yes, it can be argued that John 5 is fully pertinent to the period leading up to the war, but it seems to me in that case that we have supplied the historical setting. Does the Jesus of the Gospel of... (Fri, 25/05/2018 - 09:48)
davo Andrew, I think the answer to… In John’s disembodied narrative it is harder to connect this with the coming historical judgment on Jerusalem, and it may not amount to a direct allusion to Daniel 12:... (Fri, 25/05/2018 - 05:38)
Peter I think the 3-horizon view makes good sense (although I see the 2nd horizon as a bit more involved than you do). And I also see the Gospel of John as an outlier since it appears to only anticipate... (Tue, 22/05/2018 - 22:58)

Can anyone recommend a seminary that embraces narrative theology?

Laurence Any updates on this issue? anyone know of schools that developed a “formal” Narrative Theology emphasis?? (Thu, 24/05/2018 - 20:56)

Armageddon and the making of history

Andrew T. replied to Andrew Thanks Andrew, I’ve been chewing on this since you replied. A side question came up. I do believe Jesus is still reigning as you do. Also, I don’t think his reign has diminished in any capacity.... (Sat, 19/05/2018 - 17:30)
Andrew replied to Andrew T. 1. I don’t think that the reign of Christ at the right hand of the Father for the sake of his body, which is the church (cf. Eph. 1:20-23), has been compromised since the collapse of western... (Wed, 16/05/2018 - 21:32)
Philip Ledgerwood replied to Andrew T. Hey Other Andrew, For your own edification, here are a couple of articles Andrew has on your first question: http://www.postost.net/2016/11/jesus-lord-stillhttp://www.postost.net/2015/11/what-do-we-... (Wed, 16/05/2018 - 20:28)
Andrew T. Hello Andrew, Good work. I am now working through your book, Re:Mission. But, regarding this post I’ve a few questions. First, you say, “The assumption is that Jewish expectations regarding the... (Wed, 16/05/2018 - 17:38)

Death is swallowed up in victory. What? When? And has he misread the scriptures?

edwardtbabinski How the NT handles the OT (and Intertestamental lit) raises plenty of questions and disagreements among theologians:https://peteenns.com/creative-interpretation-bible Paul “winged it”:https://edward-... (Sat, 19/05/2018 - 06:28)

It is not our job to extend the kingdom

Rob Kampen replied to Dustin Cooper The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. We each get to choose who we obey. Pursue the Son and zoe life results, the Kindom of God now has increasing expression and influence. It is all His... (Mon, 14/05/2018 - 00:21)
Dustin Cooper replied to Craig Luke 17:20-21 Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here... (Sun, 13/05/2018 - 14:34)

Why didn’t Jesus just come out and say it: God is going to punish you with violent destruction?

peter wilkinson replied to Peter How interesting Peter. It probably oversimplifies things, but maybe I am a progressive. I have often wondered who I am. Thanks. I (Wed, 09/05/2018 - 21:24)
Peter replied to peter wilkinson Hi Peter, I think you’re asking great questions, and I think we need to study intertestamental writings to determine the degree of continuity Jesus’ beliefs would have had with the prophets who... (Wed, 09/05/2018 - 21:01)
Andrew replied to peter wilkinson In Deuteronomy, the phrase comes as a promise of retribution not on Israel, but her idolatrous pagan oppressors, who will be repaid in the days or vengeance…It wasn’t the best example, I... (Wed, 09/05/2018 - 13:33)
peter wilkinson replied to Peter Or they just got on with life, hoping for the best, while some believed that YHWH would act, either through zealous Torah observance, or violence, or both. This goes on and on, doesn’t it? However, a... (Wed, 09/05/2018 - 09:44)
Peter We do see first-century Jews had a more developed eschatology than what we find in the Old Testament. (The role of the Satan and demons had also evolved.) However, I see no evidence to support the... (Wed, 09/05/2018 - 00:41)
peter wilkinson replied to Andrew I disagree! (Tue, 08/05/2018 - 17:40)
Andrew replied to peter wilkinson You’re welcome to disagree with me, Peter. That seems to be your role in life. :) (Tue, 08/05/2018 - 17:36)
peter wilkinson So Jesus’ habitual use of parables and parabolic actions was in itself a sign to Israel that they were not hearing what God had to say to them, or were not understanding what they heard, and that... (Tue, 08/05/2018 - 15:38)

Did Jesus avoid proclaiming a “day of vengeance” against Israel in the synagogue in Nazareth?

Philip Ledgerwood replied to Andrew I agree. There has to be some intentionality in order for “wrath” to make sense as a descriptor. (Tue, 08/05/2018 - 14:31)
peter wilkinson replied to Andrew Yes I misread your comment. According to you, Jesus drove out the traders and cattle with a stage prop. If that was so, it would more likely be a prophetic sign of the Roman destruction of the temple... (Tue, 08/05/2018 - 13:39)
Andrew replied to peter wilkinson That may generally be so, but it ignores the second word “cords”, or schoinion, and the context. Most commentators take the phrase “whip of small cords” to mean a whip made of rushes twisted together... (Tue, 08/05/2018 - 13:21)
peter wilkinson Finally, my summary of how I see things at the end of the “Day of Vengeance” mega-thread (to which Peter’s contribution was that my argument was weak and unconvincing and not wanting to believe that... (Tue, 08/05/2018 - 11:24)
peter wilkinson I think the time has come to draw together some threads in this long (32 comments) list of comments. The underlying issue which has emerged has been the violence of God, a major feature of how God is... (Tue, 08/05/2018 - 08:01)
peter wilkinson replied to Andrew No I don’t. I am showing by my quotations and citations that they had a problem with OT violence. They were also people of their time, and we can see, clearly, with the benefit of hindsight, their... (Mon, 07/05/2018 - 21:13)
Andrew replied to Philip Ledgerwood Standing aside hardly absolves God of responsibility. That looks to me like another way of saying the same thing; it just gives more weight to Rome as a historical agent. (Mon, 07/05/2018 - 21:03)
Andrew replied to peter wilkinson I think the relish is all in your mind.The fathers may have had problems with violence in the Old Testament (though my impression is that they overlaid it with analogical meanings rather than... (Mon, 07/05/2018 - 21:02)
peter wilkinson replied to Andrew Barnabas, 1 Enoch and the Sybilline Oracles might not be taken as the views of the church fathers. And as with Chrysostom, the views of the fathers on God’s violence and anger are not always... (Mon, 07/05/2018 - 20:17)
Philip Ledgerwood replied to Andrew I don’t know about the “more thought” bit, but thanks! I think the data favors most of the early church thinking the destruction of Jerusalem was an act of God / Jesus. Portions of that may be... (Mon, 07/05/2018 - 20:08)