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)
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…
One of John Newton's lesser known works is called "A Review of Ecclesiastical History." It's a book that basicaly summarizes church history from Christ's birth until the end of the apostolic era. I've really enjoyed it so far, and I do recommend it. In one section, Newton discusses the character of the apostle Paul (book… Continue reading The Leading Principle of a Faithful Minister (Newton)
Are there apostles today? Can someone make a valid case that he is an apostle of Christ? Speaking of the apostles, what is an apostolic church? I appreciate Gerald Bray's explanation of these questions in chapter two of his book The Church: A Theological and Historical Account. Bray first notes that to be an apostle according to the NT, one… Continue reading Apostles: Then and Now?
Nabeel Qureshi's soon-to-be released book, No God But One: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity, has an excellent section where Qureshi discusses the relationships between Paul and Christianity, Paul and Jesus, and Paul and the apostles. Many critics of the NT - including Muslim scholars - say that Paul was the… Continue reading The Problem with the Islamic View of Paul (Qureshi)