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Why is there no “gospel” in the Gospel of John?

Alex I’d love to get your thoughts on this video by the BibleProject, Andrew. http://tinyurl.com/y8ad74v2 I think this kind of reading is gaining a lot of popularity while at the same time largely... (Sat, 22/09/2018 - 03:32)

Jesus is God or Jesus is Lord?

Andrew replied to Bill Benninghoff A bit of an elaboration here. (Fri, 21/09/2018 - 15:06)
Bill Benninghoff Andrew, In your post here you make this statement: “There are certainly texts in the New Testament which lend themselves to the later line of thought. Many of them are in John, which as I noted... (Tue, 11/09/2018 - 22:43)

Some notes on Jesus as Son and Wisdom of God in Hebrews 1:1-4

Peter Simmonds I think the identification of Jesus with Wisdom is more than figurative language. I suspect the Jewish idea of Jesus’ pre-existence came about as a way to justify worshiping the exalted Jesus as Lord... (Tue, 18/09/2018 - 03:11)
Alex Thanks Andrew, this answers the question well. Christ is like God in that he brings into being a new world/age. I had always taken the “appointed him heir” as a reference to God’s decision at the... (Fri, 31/08/2018 - 01:55)

NT Wright and the confusion of kingdom and new creation

Endar Malkovich 1. Jerusalem was ‘judged’ in 70 ad as was rome in the 400s. That’s done. 2. Heaven is not a place people go to when they die. That’s not hebraic or biblical, but rather western philosophy taught by... (Fri, 14/09/2018 - 19:51)

What is the case against the case against women’s ordination?

Austin Andrew, Your argument sounds similar to William Webb in his book “Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals.” I have just finished reading it and find his redemptive-movement hermeneutic compelling. Have you... (Fri, 14/09/2018 - 17:26)
davo Great article Andrew… thanks very much. (Fri, 14/09/2018 - 06:27)

Neither the prince of Tyre nor the king of Babylon is Satan

Phil L. replied to Stephen In Ezekiel 31, Assyria is said to be a tree in Eden that all the other trees in Eden were jealous of (v. 9). Was Assyria in the Garden of Eden? (Mon, 10/09/2018 - 15:01)
Andrew replied to Stephen So how do you explain the fact that Ezekiel 28:12-19 is addressed to the king of Tyre? The king is described figuratively as an Adam-type figure in the same way that Pharaoh is described as a dragon... (Sun, 09/09/2018 - 21:19)
Stephen replied to Stephen Jesus: I saw Satan fall like lightning. (Sun, 09/09/2018 - 17:41)
Stephen replied to peter There was no king of Tyre in the Garden of Eden (verse 13) none was a guardian cherub (verse 14), and none was expelled from Heaven (verse 16) or thrown down to Earth (verse 17). From verse 12... (Sun, 09/09/2018 - 17:41)

Podcast: The debate about “hell”: why both sides are missing the point

Bob MacDonald I just read the US evangelical statement against social justice. http://tinyurl.com/ydyb5pxk (I am wasting my time this morning on such things) The other day I met a fundamentalist. I had forgotten... (Thu, 06/09/2018 - 17:06)
Phil L. Nothing like a light jazz guitar to really set off a discussion about wrath and destruction! I liked the podcast and the length of it was great, too. I kept imagining the sort of slides or... (Wed, 05/09/2018 - 22:39)
Austin Andrew, Thanks for doing this podcast. While I’m not sure what I think about your position, hearing you talk through it was more helpful, for me, than reading the posts. I hope you continue to do... (Wed, 05/09/2018 - 14:42)

Beware (other) paradigm shifts in Christian theology

Andrew replied to Alex Good question. Made a start. (Thu, 30/08/2018 - 22:55)
Helge Seekamp replied to Andrew I totaly agree: Marcion was only the heavy beginner of an sad way of false (backward) reading the scriptures. I like your contextual approach: Telling us, that each time has it challenge to interpret... (Mon, 27/08/2018 - 21:48)
Andrew replied to Helge Seekamp Thanks, Helge. It doesn’t look as though Crüsemann’s book is available in English, sadly. It looks as though it would be very useful.The drawback with mentioning Marcion is that it is too... (Mon, 27/08/2018 - 20:31)
Helge Seekamp One more thing: I like your approach, Andrew, to historize the reading auf the scriptures (instead of theologize it). Because, this is the only way to have a guiding counterpart contra/pro any... (Mon, 27/08/2018 - 14:12)
peter wilkinson I like the title. I presume it means “other than the one held by me or you.” (Mon, 27/08/2018 - 13:24)
Helge Seekamp Thanx very much for this insight into the first paradigmen-shift in ancient church times, Andrew. You didnt mention Marcion (140 p.Chr.)here, but the anti-jewish conception of Christian theology is... (Mon, 27/08/2018 - 07:47)
Bill Benninghoff replied to Alex Very good insights. I have found that the Gospel of John is heavily influenced by Greek dualism and metaphysics. I have serious doubts that it is an accurate account of the words of Jesus. The... (Thu, 23/08/2018 - 21:11)
Alex Andrew, in what sense do you think texts like John 1:18, Hebrews 1:3, and Colossians 1:15 argue that Christ reveals God? I mean, these texts aren’t immediately referring to his deeds of power or to... (Wed, 22/08/2018 - 21:42)
Philip Ledgerwood I wish we had something like the book of Acts through Paul’s eyes. (Wed, 22/08/2018 - 15:59)

Why does Jesus give the kingdom back in the end and become subject again to God?

VERA LEWIS replied to Henry Great comment!!!!! Very well put in order. (Sat, 25/08/2018 - 02:50)

Every knee shall bow: the question about Jesus and God

Bill Benninghoff replied to Andrew Andrew, Your comment about the euangelion family of words not appearing in John’s Gospel is here in your article “Is Jesus God or is Jesus Lord?”: “…There are certainly texts in the New Testament... (Sat, 18/08/2018 - 22:12)
Andrew replied to richard Here’s a couple of posts that might help:Why talking to the exalted Jesus was not prayerDo the disciples pray to the Lord Jesus in Acts?I suggested in the first one that prayer “in the name of Jesus... (Sat, 18/08/2018 - 15:07)
richard replied to Andrew in nt, when you have something like: “ask in my name….” is it something like, “hey jesus, can you tell the father that i want to pass my gcse exam” ? so is jesus being used not as an object of... (Sat, 18/08/2018 - 14:39)
Andrew replied to Bill Benninghoff Sorry, Bill, I’m not sure what you’re referring to here: “your comment that the euangelion family of words does not show up in John’s Gospel”. (Sat, 18/08/2018 - 09:20)
Bill Benninghoff replied to Andrew Thanks Andrew for the quick reply. I’ll think about that…By the way, I’m interested in your comment that the euangelion family of words does not show up in John’s Gospel. Can you point me to a link... (Fri, 17/08/2018 - 23:30)