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Samuel Conner | Sun, 01/31/2021 - 16:23 | Permalink

Thank you, Andrew. I would click the “like” button if I could find it.

It’s a matter of historical record that “the powers” (taking these to be the gods of the Roman world) were abandoned as Israel’s ancient faith, in its new christian garb, spread throughout the Empire.

I’m curious what the proposals are, within the Narrative Historical approach, for understanding how  Jesus’ death by means of the Cross “disarmed the powers”.

Likewise, elsewhere Paul reckons that the “archons of the age” would not have crucified Jesus had they understood what YHWH was up to. Is that the same thought?

It would be quite something, IMO, if this approach to the NT could lead to an ecumenically acceptable “theory of atonement”. Unity at last!

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