The Hardened individual

The Church has frequently ignored that Paul considered the heart to be ametanoetos, incapable of repentance: therefore the Church often zealously requires the individual to repent.But because the heart is ametanoetos, Paul was an evangelist, rather than a preacher of repentance. Hence he was able to bring the individual into relationship with Jesus and thereby implanted in his heart that which is new, which broke apart the old thought constructs and resisted the old pattern of volition Adolf Schlatter: Romans, The Righteousness of God. Schlatter talks about the difference between the prophet, and the evangelist. The evangelist is the one who lives

Books / Romans

“Romans” in @FortressPress Commentary on the Bible: The New Testament

Romans is one of the most difficult New Testament books. It has started Reformations and continues to plague us as the artificer of poor readings today. I am always interested in seeing how Romans is presented… and as my readers know, I believe Romans is a rhetorical set piece designed to represent a dialogue between Paul and his imaginary interlocutor, whereby Paul is able to give his message as an explanation rather than a set of points. First, the introduction includes a reference to Stanley Stowers and his “Rereading Romans.” Yet, nothing is mentioned about the scholarship on rhetorical

Isaiah / New Testament / Old Testament / etc.

On γαρ’d: touché

Here’s the full paper from the HBU Theology Conference. To be read at SBL2014.  

Logos Bible Software / Romans

Some thoughts of the Lexham High Definition New Testament @logosacademic

I can’t tell you why, yet, but I’ve suddenly become interested in highlighting the High Definition series from Logos. This series builds upon the Discourse series, both by Steve Runge, the scholar in residence at Logos. I want to briefly highlight, as a primer, the Lexham High Definition New Testament (based on the ESV) module available now from Logos. Now for the first time, the nuances of discourse grammar are marked in your Logos Bible Software English Standard Version New Testament to expose the subtleties of the Greek text. Without formal Greek or Hebrew training, you can: Enhance your


is this how you describe the “framework” of Romans? (HT: @ivpress)

IVP Books recently published a book titled, Frameworks, How to Navigate the New Testament by Eric Larson. Frameworks is a fresh, innovative and groundbreaking survey of the New Testament that combines compelling stories, brilliant images and simple illustrations (maps, charts) to create context (conceptual frameworks) that guide you through the Bible. Presented in an attractive, less-is-more format with lots of refreshing white space, this book will help you navigate your way through the twists and turns of the New Testament by helping you answer ten questions for each of the 27 New Testament books… On the IVP facebook, they released


Latest on @HuffPostRelig – Romans 1.26-7

So, this is not everyone’s cup o’tea and some may disagree. That’s fine. Let’s talk. The Bible ‘Says’ Homosexuality Is a Sin? | Joel L. Watts. I referred to a previous post that I *think is supported by a recent post by Dagesh. Paul is not speaking about homosexuality, but about judging others as unsavable. The detractor (created) was arguing against the salvation of Gentiles, not sinners in general, but Gentiles. Anyway, there you go. For those who do not get the point of a HuffPost op-ed, it is not a full-blown academic article, but a short (no more

Bible Translation / Church History / Debate/Discussion / etc.

On γαρ’d

Douglas Campbell’s Deliverance of God has generated lots of discussion, especially on Romans 1:18-32. The γαρ in 1:18 has been a problem for interpreters long before Campbell came to it. But Campbell’s work is making folks take another look at the particle in this verse. Koine “traditionalists” (is there a better word?) assert that γαρ is a discourse connector which logically joins two parts of a discourse, normally in an explanatory way.  This sense is typically translated “therefore”. Example: I have a broken leg, therefore I will not be playing football. If one only reads the NT, then clearly this is the most