Tips for Reading Early Christian Exegesis

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IVP Academic, over the past number of years, is producing accessible and invaluable resources for the modern church. Among these sources are collected in the Ancient Christian Texts series. In 2013, David Maxwell translated Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on John. The … Continue reading

Dale Allison on the History of Interpretation

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Dale Allison observes how the patterns of most commentaries privilege recent works over older sources. Rather, he says the history of interpretation invites serious consideration for the following reasons. “Such history is intrinsically interesting in and of itself.” “It instills … Continue reading

François Bovon on the Sermon on the Plain

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In his 2002 Hermeneia commentary, François Bovon pauses to offer reflective comments on the beatitudes and woes in Luke 6:20–26. He recognizes his current position of privilege and feels the present tension of the message of Jesus. Prior to his … Continue reading

California Baptist University at ETS, AAR, & SBL

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Professors and colleagues from California Baptist University have a number of paper presentations at this years annual conferences. We have a good breadth of disciplines represented: Church History, New Testament, Philosophy, and Systematic Theology. The following will be represented at … Continue reading

Moving Trinitarian Discussions Forward

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(1) Give attention to Historical Methodology: It would be helpful to have someone offer helpful comments on how to use historical data. “Augustine says this…” Followed by, “Tertullian mentions this…” Rounded off with “According to Calvin…” The geographical separation and the temporal separation … Continue reading

Personal Study Schedule: Academic Languages, Early Christian Literature, and Study Habits

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After talking with close friends, academic mentors, and other scholars in the field, I attempted to compile a quasi-“best practices” to undergird my Early Christian discipline and language acquisition. Some of what follows is a result of these conversations. Continue reading