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Parsing Paul, Part 2: Word Study Results

After a general quantitative and qualitative comparison of the twelve commentaries in hand, I looked into how some specific important words from these passages were interpreted. Generally, these words were examined by the commentators in terms of the Greek text. … Continue reading

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Review: Four Views on the Apostle Paul

Four Views on the Apostle Paul by Michael F. Bird My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the first book of the recently popular “N Views on Topic X” form that I’ve read, and I think it’s a great … Continue reading

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Parsing Paul: Quantitative and Qualitative Results

The paper pretty much followed my original plans. In the final paper, which I titled Parsing Paul: Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Commentary on Six Passages from Romans[1], I examined commentary on verses 3:20-30, 4:25, 5:5, 6:19-23, 8:30-33, and 10:3-9, in … Continue reading

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Talbert’s commentary on Romans

Romans by Charles H. Talbert My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow! This is an excellent commentary. Talbert draws *heavily* on intertestamental and extra-canonical materials, including relatively recent discoveries such as the Qumran documents, and presents ample historical and cultural … Continue reading

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Chronological or Canonical?

Interesting post over at Reading Acts on Reading the New Testament: Chronological or Canonical?, engaging with an article by Marcus Borg on the subject. Certainly I grew up believing that the canonical order was pretty much chronological, because it’s chronological … Continue reading

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Those -oo Verbs

In his commentary on The Thought of St. Paul, Roman Catholic scholar William Most makes an etymological argument against the traditional Protestant understanding that the verb dikaioo has a strictly declarative meaning that God pronounces a person innocent: Read the … Continue reading

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Researching Romans: Trent, Calvin, and Contemporary Commentaries

Well, having hauled my brain off strike after it had its week off, I have managed to get myself organized for the research paper for my independent study. Since what I’m really interested in is how Paul is perceived and … Continue reading

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Justification: More Views

This week I worked my way through the rest of Justification: Five Views. Michael Bird’s discussion of the Progressive Reformed perspective places the judicial metaphor in the context of Paul’s other language that draws on relational, covenantal, and eschatological themes … Continue reading

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Justification: Traditional Reformed Perspective

I’m working my way through Justification: Five Views, in chapter 3 of which Michael Horton helpfully lays out the traditional Reformed position on justification in direct contrast to the Council of Trent decree on justification (which is cited in the … Continue reading

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I’ve started phase 2 of my independent study on Paul, so I’m now thinking about “justification.” I’ve read the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification along with the Roman Catholic and Lutheran responses to it, the resulting clarifying annex … Continue reading

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