Further to my post a while back on Jesus and Nathanael in John 1, it's interesting to note that in the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (Midrash in the Gospels, 546) the intepretation offered by Carson (with help from Clowney) is mentioned, that is, that in Genesis 28 the angels are ascending and descending not on the stairway or ladder, but on Jacob himself. This interpretation is supposedly supported by Genesis Rabbah 69.3. In Gen. Rab. 68.12, the angels come down to gaze on Jacob - giving the focus as Jacob, not the stairway. Then, as I posted before, Christ's words to Nathanael in John 1:51 become not about Christ as stairway, but Christ as the new Jacob, the new Israel; and the one whom the angels come down to gaze upon.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
'promote the reading of Scripture as one unfolding story by providing resources for reading and teaching.'
We have fragmented the Bible into bits—moral bits, systematic-theological bits, devotional bits, historical-critical bits, narrative bits, and homiletical bits. When the Bible is broken up in this way, there is no comprehensive grand narrative to withstand the power of the comprehensive humanist narrative that shapes our culture. The Bible bits are accommodated to the more all-embracing cultural story, and it becomes that story—i.e. the humanist story—that shapes our lives.
The issue is urgent: only then can we submit to Scripture’s authority; only then can we understand our missional identity; only then can we resist being absorbed into the dangerous idolatries of our time. The church needs pastors and leaders, and the academy needs scholars and teachers who are in the grip of this story, and discharge their task in a way that calls church members and students to find their place in the true story of the world.Thanks again to Jason Hood for the heads-up on the site
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
1. Inspiration and Incarnation by Peter Enns. This book has helped me a great deal. Despite the hassle that Mr Enns has endured from some, I want to declare my thanks for this book. OK, it may have flaws, but for me it's an important one.2. The Interpretation of the New Testament 1861 -1986 by Stephen Neill and Tom Wright. Never before in the (my) history of reading has a book with such a stuffy title been such a good read. Neill is an excellent story teller and right at the start he brings you into the excitement and industry of Westcott, Lightfoot and Hort in a way that just keeps you reading. It really is excellent (oh, and I haven't finished it yet - so the ending might not be as good!).
Friday, March 16, 2007
1. The Story of the Kingdom. When Jesus told these parables, the kingdom of God (in NT terms) was himself and twelve disciples. He told of a time when that kingdom would have grown in such a way that the gentiles would find a home in it among many nations. Whilst the full glory of the kingdom is yet to come and we look for continued fulfilment in every age, Jesus parable-prophecy has been fulfilled in an amazing way. There's a corrective here to the despondancy that can creep into the church if the navel is gazed upon. Jesus' parable has been and is being fulfilled. A wide-perspective approach to the kingdom is what Jesus had - we should adopt the same.2. The Inherent Power of the Kingdom. Since the kingdom is Christ's, is God's, it has the power of the king within it. The spirit dwells within the church, the word is living and active, Christ himself is building his church. Again, there is a corrective here to the evangelistic angst that can be exhibited in churches today through headless-activism, which at times seems like a panic-response to the apparent rejection of the Christian message by a secular society. We can try to genetically modify our own seed and leaven, but we forget that where God's authentic kingdom is, there is the power of the seed, the power of the leaven.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
The body cannot be left out of the meaning of the image; man is a totality...The importance of this understanding of the image is obvious; the value of the body is strikingly affirmed...
The doctrine of the image is thus the protological counterpart of the eschatological doctrine of the resurrection of the body; like eschatology, protology is basically concerned to depict a truth of existential significance, in this case, that of the indivisible unity of man's nature...
...the image does not primarily mean similarity, but the representation of the one who is imaged in a place where he is not. If God wills his image to be corporeal man...he thereby wills the manner of his presence in the world to be the selfsame uniting of physical and spiritual.
DJA Clines, The Image of God in Man, TynBul 19, 1968, 87
As Clines then says, at this point the doctrine of the incarnation lies close at hand! Not only the incarnation of Christ, now seated at the right hand of the Father, but the indwelling of the Spirit in the Church.