Category Archives: Paul

Classic Repost: Ephesians 1 in Context

I include here an excerpt from an October 2009 post which in itself is a repost of an October 2008 post about Ephesians 1. I first learned that Ephesians 1 could be read this way from a lecture series by … Continue reading

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Conversations About Law and Grace, 4

Chris and Jude pick up their discussion later over coffee. Chris: Okay, I brought my Bible with me this time and now I’m going to make it harder for you. Jude: I thought you believed the gospel should make it … Continue reading

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Messiah for the Greeks

My commentary of the day was on Acts 17:16-34. I thought it appropriate to our ongoing discussions here about Jews and non-Jews in Messiah. What did the apostles imagine the gospel would look like in non-Jewish cultures? To see more … Continue reading

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Rudolph’s “Paul Rule” Article, Part 1

One of the things that astounds me is the depth of scholarship in our tiny little movement. Messianic Judaism, further delimited in my understanding as the Jewish movement by that name and not the slightly larger movement including many non-Jewish … Continue reading

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From PDEP

We need a reappraisal of Paul because Paul did not say what many people have preached for years that he said. We need a reappraisal of Paul because he has been read as superseding all previous scripture. We need a … Continue reading

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What do you do with Paul?

For more on Paul, Jews, Gentiles, Torah, and gospel, please order Paul Didn’t Eat Pork here. Paul is like a father to me. I understand why many people are obsessed with this traveling theologian-spokesperson for Yeshua to the Roman empire. … Continue reading

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Paul’s Practice in the Book of Acts

Over at the Mount Olive Press website, I have posted in full chapter 4 of my book, Paul Didn’t Eat Pork, from 2005. While my theology has been progressing since that time, I would still affirm what I wrote in … Continue reading

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Paul, N.T. Wright, and What About MJ’s?

I am at the Society of Biblical Literature conference in New Orleans with about 8,000 scholars and students of Bible, theology, archaeology, and so on. Last night, I asked N.T. Wright a question in front of 1,000 scholars. For those … Continue reading

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Ephesians 1 in Context

Back in October 2008 I wrote about Ephesians 1 and an important re-reading that would help a lot of people to read the Bible more in context. In recent comments and debates about the role of Jews and non-Jews in … Continue reading

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You Review It: Me on Matthew 5:17

I am working on some text for a possible publishing project coming up soon. I’d like to benefit from some reader response. This piece is a short explanation of Matthew 5:17. It cannot really be longer or at least not … Continue reading

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Classic Reprint: Acts 15

Some time ago, actually August of 2007, I posted a three-part commentary on Acts 15. I get questions emailed to me regularly by Christians wondering if they should start eating kosher style or keeping the Sabbath. As regular readers know, … Continue reading

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Re-Reading Ephesians 1

It’s Sukkot (Tabernacles) right now and several of our families are camping together and enjoying long evenings in our decorated Sukkah (booth) with Christmas lights (just the tasteful white ones), Tiki torches, and a roaring campfire. Every year we read … Continue reading

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Moses and Paul: Israel’s Downs and Ups

Ha’azinu is a Hebrew word meaning, “Give ear.” It is the first word of Deuteronomy 32. Deuteronomy 32 begins with the call for us to give ear because it is essentially the final word of the Torah. It is the … Continue reading

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Fantasy vs. Reality: Luther’s Struggle vs. What Judaism Actually Believed, Part 2

Last time I introduced the idea that Luther misread his Bible. He thought he saw in the Judaism of Paul’s day a reflection of ideas from his own time. He thought of 2nd Temple Jews as legalistic Catholics from his … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Acts 15, Pt 3

This is the third and last in a series of notes on Acts 15, a passage which comes up frequently. Acts 15 is a key to understanding Jewish-Gentile relationships to the Torah in the New Covenant. Acts 15 Notes: Part … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Acts 15, Pt 2

Here is part 2 of some notes I wrote a few years ago on Acts 15. This passage is at the heart of the debate about Gentiles, Torah, and the Yeshua-movement. Acts 15 Notes: Part 2 Reference: Luke Timothy Johnson, … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Acts 15

Acts 15 has come up quite a bit lately. I thought I would post some notes I wrote some time ago. I know it is not the same as writing something fresh for the blog, but I hope you will … Continue reading

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A New Look at Paul, Justification

This is the fifth in a series based on a paper by N.T. Wright about the New Perspective on Paul. There is no one New Perspective, but there is a trend in various scholars (especially E.P. Sanders, James Dunn, and … Continue reading

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A New Look at Paul, Judgment According to Works

This is the fourth in a series on New Perspectives on Paul, especially from a paper by N.T. Wright outlining five crucial points for Paul that have been newly understood with the advancement of our knowledge about Second Temple Judaism. … Continue reading

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A New Look at Paul, The Righteousness of God

This is the third is a series discussing some ideas that are central to Paul and are part of the New Perspective on Paul. As I have said in the previous two articles, there is not one New Perspective, but … Continue reading

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A New Look at Paul, The Gospel

This will be a series of posts about Paul, properly understanding his message and times, and the so-called New Perspective on Paul. I remind everyone from the outset that there is not one view of Paul that is called the … Continue reading

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A New Look at Paul, Introduction

For the next few weeks, I plan to discuss some new perspectives on Paul. This month’s Christianity Today features an article By Simon Gathercole called “What Did Paul Really Mean?” For the last few decades there has been a growing … Continue reading

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