Monthly Archives: January 2013

In Layman’s Terms: Wirkungsgeschichte (2)

The interpretation of the millennium in the Apocalypse of John (Rev 20) has been contested throughout church history. Background and exegetical study of the text is indecisive; there really is no such thing as “the Bible says” on this one. … Continue reading

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In Layman’s Terms: Wirkungsgeschichte (1)

Yes, it’s German, but what is is? It’s an idea worth being familiar with because some biblical scholars believe that the study of Wirkungsgeschichte is the future of NT studies. At the least, increased attention to Wirkungsgeschichte has significant potential for the way … Continue reading

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Publication Update

I’ve recently received the proofs of my L/PA article from Brill. Going through them one final time, I find it nothing short of incredible that I am still finding typos and other minor errors. In any event, it will appear in NovT … Continue reading

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Faith, History and Certainty

What is the relationship between faith and historical certainty? In the conclusion of my thesis (on N. T. Wright’s historical method), I highlight a quotation from Beth M. Sheppard on this relationship. As Sheppard writes, “it is easy for historicism as … Continue reading

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Textual Temptation

We all want to be “objective” readers of the Bible, yes? But if postmodernism has one distinct advantage over modernism, it is its recognition that an “objective” reading is in reality impossible, because we all come to the text with … Continue reading

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Pauline Hermeneutics (Part 2): Enter Cicero!

Cicero is always a helpful ally in any argument. And in chapter 2 of her book, Mitchell grounds her argument in the standard techniques of ancient rhetoricians like Cicero. The primary text in question is 1 Cor 5:9-11, which Mitchell … Continue reading

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