It is axiomatic among students of the New Testament that the Cross and Resurrection of Christ are the bi-focal points of the Christian faith. The number of well-known theologians and New Testament scholars who advance the bi-focal approach is extraordinary in both quantity and quality, so that anyone who demurs should do so cautiously. I … Continue reading Major Neglect of Ascension and Enthronement
Elephantine Papyri and A Diaspora Jewish Temple
(Photo of the papyrus requesting aid in rebuilding the Jewish temple in Elephantine) The artifacts associated with archaeology can serve several functions. In addition to the illumination of the life of known persons or social practices or historical events from antiquity, they can also document circumstances and practices that are surprising and challenging to our … Continue reading Elephantine Papyri and A Diaspora Jewish Temple
What Happened to “Church” After the Seven Letters in Revelation?
Since the early-to-mid 19th century, Western Christianity has been influenced by Premillennialism. Without opening the lid to that eschatological Pandora’s Box, I do want to discuss one facet of that theology and hermeneutic. It is axiomatic for Premillennialism's doctrine about the book of Revelation that "the church" is raptured at a time soon following the … Continue reading What Happened to “Church” After the Seven Letters in Revelation?