The Environment of the New Testament Era

The cognitive and exegetical environment of the 2nd Temple/New Testament era is far more diverse and far different than most biblical readers understand. Relative to the expectations and assumptions of modern readers, the various New Testament authors often utilized creative readings, and even at times deliberate alteration of the text in order to support their […]

Ephesians 1 and Ransom

In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness […]

N.T. Wright on Paul’s Theology

N.T. Wright, New Testament scholar, presents an hour-long lecture on Paul and Christian theology. What Wright demonstrates is that Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, is charged with presenting Jewish theology and theological concepts, to believers in Jesus as the Messiah who have no tradition, education, or history with the Jewish people. How do you […]

Painting a Portrait of Paul

What kind of portrait does the book of Acts paint of Saul/Paul? Does it fit our traditional narratives? How does our view of Paul and his relationship with the early messianic believers impact our reading of his epistles and letters? Let’s start by showing what Paul was like before his Damascus road conversion. We’re first introduced […]