REVIEW: Bryan Blazosky. The Law’s Universal Condemning and Enslaving Power: Reading Paul, the Old Testament, and Second Temple Jewish Literature. Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement 24. Pennsylvania: Eisenbrauns, 2019.

Link to book: https://bit.ly/2QBdnrY This revised version of Blazosky’s PhD thesis at Ridley College is a very interesting study into the applicability of the Jewish Law(s) (however conceived) for non-Jews (gentiles), both in ancient Israel and early Jewish literature and then specifically in Paul’s letters (Romans Galatians). Blazosky’s thesis is well organised and I must… Read More REVIEW: Bryan Blazosky. The Law’s Universal Condemning and Enslaving Power: Reading Paul, the Old Testament, and Second Temple Jewish Literature. Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement 24. Pennsylvania: Eisenbrauns, 2019.

How Well did the Greek Translator of 1 Enoch Know Aramaic?

Here I want to raise the possibility that the one who translated 1 Enoch from Aramaic into Greek misread the Aramaic in 1 Enoch 12.2–3. First, I want to point out that asking this question is not illegitimate: we have a Greek manuscript called Codex Panopolitanus that preserves 1 Enoch 1.1-32.6. We have some fragments… Read More How Well did the Greek Translator of 1 Enoch Know Aramaic?

A Theological Analysis of “Follow God” – Kanye West (Track #3: “Jesus is King”)

Follow God Written by: Kanye West, Aaron Butts, Bryant Bell, Calvin Eubanks, Curtis Eubanks, Gwin Lyrics: Father, I stretch Stretch my hands to You Lifelike, this is what your life like,  try to live your life right People really know you, push your buttons like type write This is like a movie, but it’s really very lifelike Every… Read More A Theological Analysis of “Follow God” – Kanye West (Track #3: “Jesus is King”)

A Theological Analysis of “Selah” – Kanye West (Track #2: “Jesus is King”)

****This is an ongoing series analysing the theology of each track from Kanye West’s new album “Jesus is King.” If you missed it, see also: A Theological Analysis of “Every Hour” (Kanye West Track #1 from “Jesus is King”) Selah Written by: Kanye West, Cydel Young, Dexter Raymond Mills Jr., Vindver, Gene Thornton, Jahmal Gwin,… Read More A Theological Analysis of “Selah” – Kanye West (Track #2: “Jesus is King”)

A Theological Analysis of “Every Hour” – Kanye West (Track #1: “Jesus is King”)

“Every Hour” Written by: Kanye West, Benjamin Scholefield, Federico Vindver Lyrics: Sing every hour (Every hour, ’til the power) Every minute (Every minute, of the Lord) Every second (Every second, comes) Sing each and every millisecond (Down) We need you (We need you, sing ’til the power) We need you (We need you, of the… Read More A Theological Analysis of “Every Hour” – Kanye West (Track #1: “Jesus is King”)

Haggling with Abraham over the Dead (A Short Study on the OT #1)

Short Studies on the OT Reading the Jewish Scriptures (Hebrew Bible; known to Christians as the “Old” (First) Testament) and interpreting them is not an easy thing without help. This is something that Jewish writers over (at least) the past two and a half thousand years have understood very well as they have generated new… Read More Haggling with Abraham over the Dead (A Short Study on the OT #1)

The State of NT Studies from a Particular Perspective…and Minus Most of Paul’s Letters

Only Romans? I’m awaiting the arrival of my copy of The State of New Testament Studies (Baker Academic), edited by Scot McKnight and Nijay K. Gupta, which was released earlier this month. This is a supplementary volume to The Face of New Testament Studies (2004, also by Baker). When I looked at the contents page today… Read More The State of NT Studies from a Particular Perspective…and Minus Most of Paul’s Letters

Just How Philosemitic is the New Perspective?

There is a popular notion regarding the New Perspective on Paul (NPP) which argues that the NPP’s understanding of ancient Judaism avoids the antisemitism of Luther and of the interpretations inspired by him. In this view, whereas the so-called ‘Lutheran’ reading traffics in antisemitic tropes by identifying Jews as ‘legalistic’ and thus as the embodiment… Read More Just How Philosemitic is the New Perspective?