Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Apostle Paul on Radio 4

I should be revising, but I gave myself 45 minutes off to listen to In Our Time, which today was on the subject of the Apostle Paul. The contributors were:
  • John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews;
  • John Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University; and
  • Helen Bond, Senior Lecturer in the New Testament at the University of Edinburgh.

The treatment of Paul was generally very good. It was good to hear Haldane's comments on the influence of philosophical thought on biblical criticism, on the progression from rationalist scepticism to the acceptance that belief in the miraculous is not absurd, and the concomitant shift back towards a straightforward reading of the NT documents; and Barclay's continual emphasis on Paul's eschatological belief that the cosmos was turning on its hinge with the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. There are also good comments on the reconciling death of Jesus.

Listen to the programme at 9.30pm tonight or here.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Brueggemann on Easter

In the same vein as my recent post on NT Wright and Easter, I offer this quote from Brueggemann. I especially love the first sentence...!

Easter is the extreme case of God's sovereign action. The resurrection of Jesus must not be trivialized around a biological question of resuscitation of a dead body, nor around questions of curiosity about immortality or life after death. That Jesus is risen is not a statement about heaven, but about the transformation of earth. Proclamation of the Resurrection in the OT, Journal for Preachers, 9 no 3 Easter 1986