Ephraim Radner challenges the notion that historical-critical study alone leads to a right understanding of Scripture. In its place, he retrieves and restates the basis for a figural reading of Scripture. As might be expected, the scope of Radner’s argument is massive. But Radner appears to have mastered a nearly endless stream of material. [Read more…] about Review of Time And the Word by Ephraim Radner
I recently wrote a review of Ernest Lucas’ Proverbs commentary in the Two Horizons series in Themelios. Here’s part of my conclusion:
I would recommend it to those who do not own a commentary on the book of Proverbs, and to those who desire to read contemporary theological reflections on the text.
To read the full review, click here.
I have found nothing of its kind before. If you want to understand the Byzantine Rite, then read this book. Robert Taft provides a great, short summary of how eastern Christians have worshipped. [Read more…] about A Brief Review of The Byzantine Rite by Robert Taft
Throughout the history of the church, Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper has played a key role. And yet his words have also played a controversial role. During the Protestant Reformation, the fault lines were drawn around the issue of the Eucharist. Did the bread and wine make Christ present by transforming the elements into the body and blood of Christ (Roman Catholic View) or did Christ become present in the elements without this transformation (Reformed view)?
While James Arcadi does not try to adjudicate such historical debates, he does offer a constructive proposal for how one can see the elements making Christ present on the basis of Chalcedonian orthodoxy. [Read more…] about Review of An Incarnational Model of the Eucharist by James Arcadi
Christianity grew from a faith with a few hundred people to 30 million people in under four-hundred years. By the year four-hundred, half of the Roman Empire’s 60 million people believed in Jesus Christ. From being a persecuted minority to being the majority faith among the Romans, Christianity triumphed.
How exactly did this happen? That’s the question that Bart Ehrman asks in his latest work, The Triumph of Christianity. [Read more…] about Review of The Triumph of Christianity by Bart Ehrman
Christianity from its start was a bookish religion. The apostle Paul began writing letters to churches about two decades after the death of Jesus. And Christian communities sprung up across the Empire (and beyond). Yet the disciples of Jesus, although numbered in the hundreds, eventually would die out. How would later generations hear the story of Jesus?
The answer is that eyewitnesses of Jesus would commit their memories to writing to preserve the history of Jesus for future generations. That eyewitness testimony lies behind the Gospels provides a clue not only to the historical transmission of the Gospel traditions about Jesus but also, as Richard Bauckham argues in Jesus and the Eyewitnesses, the theological mode of communication. [Read more…] about Review of Jesus and the Eyewitnesses (2nd edition) by Richard Bauckham