BradK, I hear you and I agree with your fierst paragraph fully. I do not, however, agree with the rest. Andrew’s approach to these texts and the discussion on the trinity complement each other. It shows how defaulting to clinical doctrine developed in later centuries can rob a text of its richness. This distinction drawn by Andrew has a direct bearing on doctrine, since there are countless other texts proving something similar to Andrew’s point above, and NOT the divinity of Christ. Maybe you don’t see the necessity of discussing and even undermining historically-considered salvatory doctrine; I’m not so sure that you would say the same about discussing undeniably false doctrine such as that of Mormonism or Watchtowerism, etc. The difference is simply sentimentality, historical relevance and popularity, that’s all. These things need to be discussed.
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