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Chrysostom’s Principles of Interpretation

I’m increasingly interested in how John Chrysostom utilized Scripture, both in his biblical commentaries and otherwise. Like most other early Christian figures, Chrysostom does not spend much time explicitly setting forth his method of interpretation (notable exceptions include Origen’s On First Principles … Continue reading

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The “Spirit of Jesus” (Acts 16.7)

One of my more perceptive students this week called my attention to the curious phrase “the Spirit of Jesus” (τὸ πνεῦμα Ἰησοῦ) in Acts 16.7. The only other usage of this construction in the NT is found in Phil 1.19, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism

From my own personal experience, as well as my observation of others, it seems to me that there are two types of responses when conservative Christian students encounter higher criticism for the first time: either to disregard it all as … 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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Pauline Hermeneutics (Part 1)

Paul would have made a poor evangelical. As it is commonly described, the early church was divided between those who interpreted the Bible literally and those who interpreted it allegorically. In their day, and even more in ours (poor Augustine gets … Continue reading

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