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Marcion on the Elbe

Accusations of anti-Judaism are flying in Germany. In a 2013 essay, “Die Kirche und das Alte Testament” (The Church and the Old Testament), Notger Slenczka, a Protestant theologian at the Humboldt University of Berlin, argued that the Old Testament “should not have canonical validity in the . . . . Continue Reading »

Man, Lion, Calf, and Eagle

The Fourfold Gospel: A Theological Reading of the New Testament Portraits of Jesusby francis watsonbaker academic, 224 pages, $24.99 Ever since the pathbreaking work of Brevard Childs in the 1970s, what has come to be called “canon criticism” (as distinct from source criticism and form . . . . Continue Reading »

All Things to All People

Paul as a Problem in History and Culture: The Apostle and His Critics through the Centuriesby patrick graybaker, 274 pages, $32.99 Albert Schweitzer once remarked that the quest for the historical Jesus revealed more about the questers than it did about Jesus: They saw in the historical figure . . . . Continue Reading »

Free University Orthodoxy

During the debate over “biblical inerrancy” that raged among evangelicalism for several years in the late 1970s, I remember someone observing that Harold Lindsell’s 1976 book, The Battle for the Bible, which pretty much got that debate going, was more a theory of institutional change than it . . . . Continue Reading »

The Curious Case of Robert Gundry

Ivan Karamazov worried that if God is dead then all things are permissible. Likewise, so evangelicals have been told, if there is no magisterial authority, then all biblical interpretations are permissible. But even if this is not the case, we could still argue that “biblicism” results . . . . Continue Reading »

On Keeping Goats

The Book of Proverbs says I should look after my flocks, because if I do my goats will take care of me in an economic time of trouble.Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations? When the grass . . . . Continue Reading »

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