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Why did Jesus instruct his disciples not to preach the kingdom of God to Gentiles and Samaritans?

Andrew replied to Luanne Kirkland Hi Luanne, I don’t have much of an answer to this. It’s always going to be tricky getting John and the Synoptic Gospels to agree over details. There’s no reason to think that John had Matthew 10:5-... (Sat, 18/03/2017 - 23:20)
Luanne Kirkland I know that Jesus instructed the Disciples not to go into Samaria in Matthew and see your reasons. Can you discuss how this relates to when He was compelled to go through Samaria in John 4 and met... (Wed, 15/03/2017 - 12:58)

A commentary on Owen Strachan’s less than biblical defence of the atonement

Bob MacDonald Thanks again for the emphasis on narrative. I am just over half way through reading the TNK in Hebrew and writing it in English. So far I have not used atonement, or soul, or repent as glosses. They... (Sat, 18/03/2017 - 18:12)
nate Hey Andrew, Thanks for writing this article. I think your hermeneutic makes a lot of sense. It’s too bad that the narrative historical perspective is such a minority viewpoint in evangelicalism.... (Sat, 18/03/2017 - 18:07)

The biblical argument about salvation (my soteriology)

Matthew replied to Philip L Ledgerwood I´m lost … sorry … (Fri, 17/03/2017 - 10:28)

The Christ-encomium of Philippians 2:6-11 and “Christian” formation

Andrew replied to peter wilkinson My response to your first point would be:1. That the narrative-historical approach seeks to understand the New Testament from the perspective of the first century communities for which it was written... (Thu, 16/03/2017 - 23:17)
peter wilkinson Thanks very much Andrew. As usual, you present your case coherently, and each time you revisit the argument (in this case, the argument concerning Philippians 2:6-11), it becomes more forceful. I’m... (Wed, 15/03/2017 - 08:16)

Moses, the apostles, and transformation into the image of Christ (are we there yet?)

Andrew replied to Peter It’s an interesting line of thought to explore.It’s not really for us to say whether we need the present reign of Christ, is it?The biblical argument is that because Jesus was obedient unto death,... (Thu, 16/03/2017 - 23:00)
Peter Andrew, under your schema, it seems Christ’s present reign has little to do with us today. You’ve mentioned several times that his death and resurrection put an end to the old covenant, removing the... (Thu, 16/03/2017 - 17:24)
peter wilkinson Perhaps the first thing to be said about 2 Cor 3:18 is that it’s a midrash. Moses had “face to face” encounters with God (Deuteronomy 34:10 - which implies his Sinai/tabernacle experiences). Paul... (Mon, 06/03/2017 - 09:23)
davo The phrase “from glory to glory” is not progressive—as the ESV “from one degree of glory to another” rather implies. It may refer either to the change from the fading glory of the old covenant to the... (Mon, 06/03/2017 - 03:30)
Andrew replied to Daniel Hoffman Aren’t the tenses in verse 16 a problem for that interpretation? The second part of the verse is in the present: “the veil is removed (periaireitai)”. Earlier the narrative tense used with Moses is... (Sat, 04/03/2017 - 20:50)
Andrew replied to Charles In the New Testament context confessing Jesus as Lord was not trivial. It meant renouncing other ultimate allegiances in a world in which there was no safe distinction between “politics”, on the one... (Sat, 04/03/2017 - 18:38)
Daniel Hoffman Andrew, in reading your posts on this topic, I haven’t noticed you comment on a detail which I think helps confirm your position, as I understand it. The text of the NA27 as well as the ESV cross-... (Sat, 04/03/2017 - 17:20)
Charles replied to Andrew So we no longer need to become like Christ to express personally our willingness to be servants of the God-appointed Lord/Messiah, we simply need to “confess” (whatever that means) Jesus as Lord. A... (Sat, 04/03/2017 - 14:56)
Andrew replied to Corby Amos Corby, that’s a very pertinent question.I guess what I would be inclined to say is that for the early church there was a spectrum of Christlikeness, union with Christ, being in Christ, participation... (Fri, 03/03/2017 - 22:27)
Corby Amos Hi Andrew, I appreciate the distinction you are drawing between “apostles/martyrs” and “the rest of us”. It seems evident that Paul makes the distinction, and we often conflate the two. Thus far I’m... (Fri, 03/03/2017 - 19:09)

Jesus the great high priest: no deep magic involved

Andrew replied to Chris Wooldridge If one believes that Torah was originally intended to foreshadow Christ…That could mean different things:The author(s) of Torah thought that some of its statements/ideas/images/narratives... (Wed, 15/03/2017 - 22:59)
Chris Wooldridge “The elaborate and somewhat contrived high priest analogy is designed to serve this practical purpose.” I think this gets at the heart of the issue for me, which is Torah and its purpose. What was a... (Mon, 13/03/2017 - 01:05)
Andrew replied to Alex Fair comment, up to a point. Does this alleviate or aggravate your confusion? (Fri, 10/03/2017 - 11:40)
Alex A dead guy came back to life and went to a place called heaven where he gets to be king of the world? And this somehow is not metaphysical/magical? Have to admit that I am very confused with all of... (Fri, 10/03/2017 - 03:20)

A dead guy going to heaven is not metaphysics?

Chris Wooldridge replied to Andrew Yes, but what does it mean for sins to be forgiven? And how is this forgiveness associated with Baptism in your thinking (as it seemed to be in some way for the Apostles)? Regarding the events which... (Mon, 13/03/2017 - 00:49)
david brainerd “However, salvation has traditionally been understood in a historical sense, in terms of the righteous being vindicated at the resurrection of the dead - a historical event.” In the OT salvation is... (Sat, 11/03/2017 - 01:04)
Andrew replied to Chris Wooldridge However, salvation has traditionally been understood in a historical sense, in terms of the righteous being vindicated at the resurrection of the dead - a historical event.I’m not sure how... (Fri, 10/03/2017 - 15:52)
Chris Wooldridge I’m not convinced that a traditional “theological” account of the atonement is necessarily a “metaphysical” one though, at least in the sense of which you speak. Certainly when it comes to the... (Fri, 10/03/2017 - 14:51)

A pragmatic non-theory of the atonement

david brainerd “8.Theological accounts of the “cross” that fail to reckon with the Jewish-apocalyptic narrative are more of a nuisance than they’re worth.” Accounts of “Jewish-apocalyptic narrative” that fail to... (Sat, 11/03/2017 - 01:54)
Andrew replied to Chris Wooldridge Had a look at Hebrews here. (Thu, 09/03/2017 - 17:46)

Theology and history: is the dam about to break?

david brainerd There is no real difference between the teo approaches in practice. Because both assume the NT text is inspired of God, and its just not. What needs to be realized is thr NT is a lying systrm built... (Sat, 11/03/2017 - 00:59)

2 Corinthians 3:18: back to where I started

Andrew replied to Alex Alex, thanks for the input.1. Timothy and Silvanus are not necessarily included in the “we”. They were with Paul in Corinth when Jesus Christ was first proclaimed among them (cf. Acts 18:5). It is... (Sat, 04/03/2017 - 13:20)
Andrew replied to Rob Kampen Yes, that’s the basic hermeneutical question. We can read the Bible as an instructional manual and disregard its narrative-historical shape, or we can read it as the story of God’s people up to the... (Fri, 03/03/2017 - 20:14)