Monthly Archives: January 2017

In “Rereading Paul #2” I awakened some interest (as well as disagreement) in the idea that Romans 1-4 is not Paul’s voice. Paul argues here with an unseen opponent, someone he and his audience are all too familiar with. I don’t mean that Paul personally knows this Jewish teacher with whom he is carrying on…

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Paul speaks with two voices it seems in Romans. More correctly, there is a non-Pauline voice in the first four chapters of Paul’s letter to the Romans. This voice mixes with Paul’s in ways difficult for the reader to detect. That’s because “epistles” (letters written with formal style and often meant to be read publicly)…

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In this “Rereading Paul” series, I aim to persuade you of the insights introduced to the world by Douglas Campbell in his massive volume The Deliverance of God. I add my own twist, of course. I will focus persuading you to abandon the “justification theory” reading of Paul and urge you rather to see him…

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Shalom, readers, I am thinking about starting a blog series which will probably be a long one — a lot of posts, but the posts themselves will be short. It would probably run for several months and may accumulate thirty or forty posts (maybe more). The series would be “Rereading Paul.” My focus would be…

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When you think about walking around in the Judean desert, on a typical tour, its June or July and the temperature in the shade is 110 Fahrenheit. Your guide will tell you, “Keep sipping water constantly; the dry heat dehydrates you.” Sigh. It’s so nice to contemplate going on an Israel Tour in December instead…

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We have peace with God, says Paul, and then moves to a further thought in vs. 2. We have already — past tense — been granted access into something. God has initiated for us a new condition of being, a different law of life than we are used to, a state of grace which might…

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The mistranslation of Romans 5:1 is a tragedy. The majority of Bible readers will never know this verse is about Messiah’s faithfulness. None of the standard English versions render the key word as faithfulness. All of them choose “by faith” instead of “by faithfulness.” The “by faith” reading encourages us to see ourselves as the…

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Douglas Campbell taught me something profound about the book of Romans. The heart of Romans is chapters 5-8, not the usually emphasized chapters 1-4. Ever since the day I discovered this great fact from Campbell’s The Deliverance of God I have read Romans 5 over and over again. I will present to you in multiple…

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Our minds yearn for expansion, discovery, engagement. Too often we fill them with drivel. The Hebrew Nerd offers you some reflections on phrases of Torah to widen your intellectual borders and fill your soul horizon. Based on the “Today’s Hebrew” section of the Daily Portion emails (which you can subscribe to for free by clicking…

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So, let’s read a good Jewish book together each month for seven months. I am resurrecting something from the past, J-BOM, the “Jewish Book of the Month.” Way back in March 2010 it was a thing on my old blog site. You can read that post here: https://derek4messiah.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/get-ready-j-bom-is-coming/ Back then a number of Messianic Jewish…

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