Andrew Perriman: A Podcast about Hell — Why both sides in the debate miss the point

One of my favorite blogs on our links list is Andrew Perriman’s P.OST site. It is always thought-provoking and relentlessly focused on trying to understand the Bible in the context of its narrative history. Now Andrew has begun a podcast, and here is the first episode, entitled “The debate about ‘hell’: why both sides areContinue reading “Andrew Perriman: A Podcast about Hell — Why both sides in the debate miss the point”

Scot McKnight: Justification is about Unification

Note from CM: I saw this on Scot’s blog the other day and requested permission to re-post it here, which he graciously granted. This is such an important issue in understanding the New Testament, a perspective which, honestly, I rarely if ever heard during my days in evangelicalism. I have started reading Thompson’s book, which is an attemptContinue reading “Scot McKnight: Justification is about Unification”

Follow-Up: Answers from Andrew Perriman

NOTE FROM CM: Andrew Perriman was kind enough to send some responses to our post outlining his NT interpretation last week and the comments in the discussion. Because they came later than the first discussion, I thought I would post them today as a means of continuing the conversation. • • • NATE: I don’tContinue reading “Follow-Up: Answers from Andrew Perriman”

The Big Picture of Andrew Perriman’s Narrative-Historical Scheme

UPDATE: Andrew has just put up a new post that complements our piece today, outlining his method and its results in biblical interpretation. UPDATE 2: I have added a brief summary of AP’s position to the end of the post. • • • I continue to be intrigued by the approach to biblical interpretation thatContinue reading “The Big Picture of Andrew Perriman’s Narrative-Historical Scheme”

What Was a “Pharisee”? (and what might it mean to act like one?)

UPDATE: I edited the post by adding a paragraph near the end of the post. It begins with the words, “That is not to say they all acted with equal zeal…” [11:10 am] * * * N.T. Wright notes that “Paul stands where three great roads converge.” Beginning with chapter two of Paul and the FaithfulnessContinue reading “What Was a “Pharisee”? (and what might it mean to act like one?)”

A Surprising Implication of the New Perspective

We haven’t talked much about biblical scholarship lately. I know it’s not necessarily high on the agenda for a number of our readers, but perhaps others might wish we would discuss such matters more often. Honestly, too much time was spent in my former fundamentalist and evangelical circles arguing about who wrote what book ofContinue reading “A Surprising Implication of the New Perspective”

Hell, You Say?

If we are going to understand what Jesus and the authors of the New Testament meant when they spoke about the wrath of God or judgment or Gehenna, we have to come at the matter with an entirely different frame of mind. We have to read historically and contextually rather than theologically and abstractly. WeContinue reading “Hell, You Say?”

Andrew Perriman on “Becoming the Righteousness of God”

Note from CM: One blog I enjoy and learn from regularly is P.OST, Andrew Perriman’s site about “Evangelical theology for the age to come.” Andrew has combined theological studies and writing with pastoral and missional work in a wide range of contexts around the world. I find his writing extraordinarily stimulating. One good place to start toContinue reading “Andrew Perriman on “Becoming the Righteousness of God””

James D.G. Dunn on the Importance of the New Perspective

I think the so-called “New Perspective on Paul” is of tremendous importance for a more accurate understanding of the Gospel and the teaching of the New Testament. I have always felt that way, from the my first exposure to E.P. Sanders, Krister Stendahl, and James D. G. Dunn in seminary back in the 1980s. OnContinue reading “James D.G. Dunn on the Importance of the New Perspective”