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Category Archives: Theological Interpretation

An ecclesial gloss on Isaiah 1:10-17

Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Rome and Constantinople! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Grand Rapids and Wheaton! What do I care about the multitude of your Eucharists? says the Lord; I have had enough of your broken bread and piously drunk wine; I do not delight […]

New Lectionary Reflection

I have another post up at the Ekklesia Project blog, bLogos, reflecting on the Epistle reading for this week’s lectionary.

Scripture and Catholicity

From a provocative lecture by Oliver O’Donovan, that Byron helpfully points us to: “No collective spiritual exercise, no sacrament, no act of praise or prayer is so primary to the catholic identity of the church gathered as the reading and recitation of Scripture. It is the nuclear core. When Paul instructed his letters to be […]

Stephen Fowl on Theological Interpretation

At the new Christian Theology on the Bible blog, fellow Wipf & Stocker, Chris Spinks is posting a series of quotes from Stephen Fowl’s forthcoming book on Theological Interpretation of Scripture in our Cascade Companions series. Other notable books in the series include Michael Gorman’s Reading Paul and D. Stephen Long’s Theology and Culture. This […]

Christian Theology and the Bible

For those interested, there’s a new blog up–being done by the SBL section on Christian theology and the Bible. There should be some good content soon and all those interested in theolgical engagement with Scripture should find some good stuff to read soon.

Resurrection and Glory

In Romans 6:4 Paul states that “Christ was raised by the glory of the Father.” What would it mean to think a little more about what it means to say that Christ was raised by the Father’s glory? The context of the passage is centered on the theme of the superabundance of divine grace compared […]

The Faith of Abraham

Throughout Romans 4 Paul draws comparisons between the faith of Abraham and the form of faith that Christians are called to in response to the faithfulness of Christ. What is Abrahamic faith for Paul? According to 4:20 it seems to entail at least two things. First, the text notes that “No distrust made [Abraham] waver […]

More on 1 John and Abiding

Another interesting point about 1 John. Unlike the Gospel of John, the epistle does not use “word of God” as a reference to Jesus, rather it is always a reference to the message of about Jesus that the congregation has heard “from the beginning.” However, the language of “word of God” in 1 John is […]

Against Death

Anymore I am just more and more convinced that there is one fundamental assertion that embodies the nature of biblical faith, hope, and action: “The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” (1 Cor 15:26) This the axis upon which everything turns and in light of which everything makes sense. Any theology that tries […]

Abiding in 1 John

The word “abide” (Grk: meno) occurs 18 times in the first epistle of John. The only other New Testament book where it occurs more often is in the gospel of John in which it occurs 33 times. Consistently in the Johannine writings the idea conveyed in one of continuity, of continuing on, of remaining. In […]

The Church as Polis? Some Biblical Reflections

One of the big debates to emerge from the torrent of blog discussions about Nate Kerr’s book, Christ, History and Apocalyptic is the issue of whether or not the church is rightly described as a polis, as Hauerwas (and sometimes Yoder) tends to describe it. This of course, is to ask the question of what […]

The Scripture Project: Nine Theses

In The Art of Reading Scripture, Ellen Davis and Richard Hays bring together a superb collection of scholars who offer some great essays on the theological interpretation of Scripture. The book is the result of the studies of a group known as “The Scripture Project” and includes nine theses on the interpretation of Scripture: Scripture […]

The Not-So-Dangerous Theology of Walter Brueggemann

I’ve read and deeply enjoyed Walter Brueggemann’s works on the Old Testament for quite some time now. Brueggemann is nothing if not a rigorous and creative reader of biblical texts. Indeed, his early book, The Prophetic Imagination will always continue to be one of my favorite books. Central to Brueggemann’s whole attempt to read Scripture […]

What is Canonical Theology?

Ever since I first encountered biblical studies I’ve been immersed in discussions about whether or not a “canonical” approach to the Bible is to be preferred over some other sort of approach. One of the difficulties with this discussion relates to a lack of clarity about what such an approach might be. Canonical approaches range […]

Theological Commentary: A Few Thoughts

1. Theological commentary is a practice of  commenting on Scripture. It is not an attempt to excavate the determinate meaning of the text, or make definitive statements about the text as such. 2. Theological commentary is theological. It is a practice of reading and interacting with Scripture from a distinctly Christian perspective that is fundamentally […]

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