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ETS2017 Paper on Later Manuscripts and the Stability of NT Textual Tradition

This afternoon I had the privilege of participating in a session at the meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society entitled “Growing up in the Ehrman Era: Retrospect and Prospect on Our Text-Critical Apologetic.”

The session was moderated by my friends Peter Gurry (now teaching at Phoenix Seminary) and Elijah Hixson (studying at Edinburgh); the three of us spent a week in Oxford a few years ago studying Greek palaeography. They are editors of an upcoming book with IVP Academic (Myths and Mistakes: Correcting Common Misconceptions about the Text of the New Testament) to which I am contributing a chapter, so this session was a bit of a preview of the work.

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ETS2017 Paper on Inspired Use of Diverse Sources

This morning I presented as part of the New Testament Canon, Textual Criticism, and Apocryphal Literature Section of this years meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. The section is chaired by Dr. Michael Kruger (RTS-Charlotte) and Dr. Stan Porter (McMaster). It was a privilege to be a part of the session along with my other NT colleague, Dr. Charles Hill.

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“Jesus told stories to make himself easier to understand”

20170910_203840A while back I was invited to participate in what was originally slated to be a series over at The Gospel Coalition on the “difficult words of Jesus.” I drew the “Parable of the Sower”-vis-a-vis-Isaiah 6:10 passage, for which I was delighted. It’s a challenging text, and one which is central to understanding Jesus’ parables. In my writeup, I make the case that, as Jesus reveals via his use of the OT, he doesn’t teach in story form to make himself easier to understand—contrary to popular conception—but almost the opposite, at least for those who do not have “ears to hear.”

As it (I assume) turns out, the broader series is not happening, so my contribution appeared recently as a standalone article. Without the context of the broader series, it probably seems rather random and a bit curmudgeonly (not unlike my unintentionally sort-of-viral Saul/Paul writeup: TGC, but originally here), but it wasn’t really intended that way.

(It also happened to appear right as hurricane Irma was approaching. Most trolls will say, “Don’t we have more important things to worry about?” Yep…but I didn’t pick the timing.)

A Framework for Navigating Discontinuity and Continuity of the OT Law

I have been teaching through Covenant Theology at River Oaks Church for the past few months, and we recently have been discussing the covenant God made with Moses at Sinai. Understanding how this Mosaic Covenant fits within the OT as a whole, the covenant of grace, and God’s plan of redemption is a challenge in its own right—see my series on “Rescuing Moses from Exile” (1, 2, 3, 4). But the even more difficult task is figuring out what we should make of this covenant, and the law on which it is centered, in the NT and Christian era.

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“Unto Him” in Eph 1:5—A Minority Report on the Christological Option for an Oft-Overlooked Pronoun

When I stumbled on it last year in preparation for teaching Ephesians, I was stunned. Where did this “unto him” come from that I had never seen before in the English translations of my youth? And what does it mean?

In this post, I will explore a little phrase at the middle of the justly famous “adoption” verse of Ephesians 1:5, which does not even show up in some English translations.

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Review of a Great New Book on Acts

While we were in the UK, I had the privilege of sitting near Dr. Osvaldo Padilla at the Tyndale House when he was there on sabbatical. Osvaldo teaches NT at Beeson Divinity School (from which RTS-O just hosted Timothy George for our Spring lecture series). Our families go to know one another during their stay—their son was our daughters’ “boy-friend,” as they would say. We were sad to see them depart after their short stay.

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Reading the Psalms with Jesus

Tonight I got to spend part of the evening with a group of students at Reformation Bible College, as part of their biweekly Abide fellowship. Lots of familiar faces from my church were there.

I did a short talk on how to read (at least some of) the psalms in the way Jesus (and other NT writers) guide us to read them. Not merely as anticipating him, but as giving voice to his own words and in many ways shaping his identity.

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