Paul and the Old Testament Scriptures (Childs)

Here's an interesting book that gives an overview of the interpretation of Isaiah from the early church (Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, etc.) to the modern era: The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture by Brevard Childs. I'm still making my way through the book, but so far it's been helpful. I don't always agree with… Continue reading Paul and the Old Testament Scriptures (Childs)

The Conversion of Paul (Machen)

After explaining how Saul persecuted the church, here’s how J. Gresham Machen briefly summarized the story of Saul/Paul’s conversion in Acts 9: And yet he [Paul] attained salvation. It came in the strangest way. He was at the height of his persecuting zeal. He was making havoc of the Church of God (Gal. 1.13). He… Continue reading The Conversion of Paul (Machen)

The Lovely Fruit of Good Teaching (Baugh)

In the opening words of Paul's first letter to Timothy, he reminds his young colleague of the aim or telos of the apostles' teaching: love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith (1 Tim. 1:5 NET). The false teachers in Ephesus neither taught nor practiced these things. But Paul… Continue reading The Lovely Fruit of Good Teaching (Baugh)

How Paul Read and Interpreted Isaiah (Hays)

Richard Hays’ book, The Conversation of the Imagination, is a helpful resource for insight into how the apostle Paul viewed the Old Testament Scriptures. This book is a collection of essays that Hays wrote and published elsewhere; it’s nice to have it in one volume. There are ten chapters that cover topics like the role… Continue reading How Paul Read and Interpreted Isaiah (Hays)

I Paul Write This With My Hand…

  In Philemon 19 it says: "I, Paul, write with my hand: I will repay..."  Paul is telling Philemon that if his runaway slave Onesimus owes him (Philemon) anything, he (Paul) will for sure repay whatever it is to help restore the relationship between the two.  It's interesting that Paul notes he's writing at this… Continue reading I Paul Write This With My Hand…