Colossians-Ephesians, The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Early Church

I realize that the title is a wholly anachronistic view of these two books. I admit and I own my guilt, if not shame, here. However, I cannot think of a better analogy by which to view these two books. In reading these books for Sunday School class, in which we surface grazed both books, I read Ephesians first, giving preference to both the canonical order and my favorite of the two. However, in discussing some of this on Facebook that Saturday evening, Jeremiah Bailey said he felt like Ephesians was an expansion of Colossians. While I am not


Ephesians 2.11-22 – The Destruction of the Temple, Theomachy, Necessity of the Gentile Mission

This is a, um, you know… rough draft for a paper for NT2.  What is commonly called Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians is a short letter which is being written to a community that is being built across ancient lines of separation between the Jew and the non-Jew which many believed had been ordained of God. To couch it in the terms of racism and to seek to pin it to recent movements against modern racism is too neat of an analogy as within this epistle, there are physical and psychological barriers which are being torn down. The author

Books / Ephesians

Review: The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God

Did  you know that God is the most high but not  alone on the cosmic stage? It so declares Timothy Gombis in his book, The Drama of Ephesians. What Gombis has done is to take his doctoral thesis and novelize it and in doing so brings to light some modern thoughts in monotheism studies which, at least for him sets the stage for a radically different interpretation of Ephesians which is cosmic in scope. His second chapter calls us to remember that the Jewish worldview at the time included cosmic actors on the supernatural stage and asks not to

Ephesians / Theology

Timothy Gombis on the Church as the Temple

I admit – I enjoy a good historical drama mixed with a lot of science fiction. While not exactly the same, Gombis is highlighting the idea of cosmic warfare in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. He notes that when one god defeated another, the people would set up shop in the national deity’s temple. Paul is using, according to Gombis, the same backdrop in Ephesians. He writes, Paul dramatically transforms this notion, however, because it is not that God’s people gather at the temple to celebrate God’s victory in Jesus. The church gathers as the temple of the victorious

Ephesians / Society and Religion

Montonini’s interview with Tim Gombis, author of The Drama of Ephesians

Matthew Montonini has interviewed Tim Gombis, author of The Drama of Ephesians, which is on my list. 2. Your main goal in this book is to perform ‘a dramatic reading’ of Ephesians (9). Could you explain how this differs from the typical way Ephesians is mined for doctrinal truths in order to produce a coherent theological system? Christians sometimes fall into the habit of reading the Bible as a resource for something else—something outside of the Bible, like a doctrinal system. So, we see Paul mention justification in Galatians 2 or Romans 3 and we call to mind our

Ephesians / Psalms of Solomon

Psalms of Solomon, Psalm 3 – Analysis

Psalm 3 – A Psalm. Pertaining to Salomon. Concerning the Righteous. A psalm of Solomon; concerning the righteous. Why do you sleep, O my soul, and do not bless the Lord? Sing a new song, to God who is worthy to be praised. Sing and be wakeful against his awaking, for good is a psalm (sung) to God from a glad heart. The righteous remember the Lord at all times, with thanksgiving and declaration of the righteousness of the Lord’s judgments The righteous despise not the chastening of the Lord; his will is always before the Lord. The righteous

Church History / Controversial / Cyprian / etc.

De Unitate Ecclesiae, pt 4

16. This evil, most faithful brethren, had long ago begun, but now the mischievous destruction of the same evil has increased, and the envenomed plague of heretical perversity and schisms has begun to spring forth and shoot anew; because even thus it must be in the decline of the world, since the Holy Spirit foretells and forewarns us by the apostle, saying, “In the last days,” says he, “perilous times shall come, and men shall be lovers of their own selves, proud, boasters, covetous, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, hating