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Richard Bauckham on Biblical and Patristic Theology

Dr. Bauckham kindly sent me a reply to my previous brief post about his Hellenization thesis (as I termed it, not him): I read your piece after comments were closed. Just for information, my concept of personal identity is not Hegelian. It follows Paul Ricoeur in his book Oneself as Another. The difference I am […]

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Did Adam Know His Liberator Would Be the God-Man?

Niels Hemmingsen (yes, him again) thought so–particularly from God’s words in Genesis 3. At the beginning of the chapter of his Enchiridion Theologicum called Promissio Reparationis, sive Evangelium (“The Promise of Restoration, or the Gospel”) he discusses the teaching he believes to be present in Genesis 3:15, which, he says, is the first place in which […]

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Diognetus on Why the Son Was Sent So Late

Derek Rishmawy shares an excerpt from the ancient Christian work, and notes how similar it sounds to the fathers of the Reformed faith.

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The Goal of Natural Law is God’s Glory

The ever-intriguing Eric Enlow has posted an item on Calvin and natural law, arguing that for the Genevan reformer, If knowledge of our redemption by Christ is “the principle” of all duties, then proponents of natural-law philosophy must admit either (1) that natural-law philosophy teaches Christ as the principle of all duties, or (2) that […]

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Begetting and Christology in Matthew 1

Just an observation on the opening of Matthew’s Gospel, the “book of the origin of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham.” Obviously, Matthew wasn’t familiar with the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, or the Definition of Chalcedon, but perhaps we can already see moves in that direction on a literary level in the construction […]

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John Calvin on the Universal Sovereignty of Christ

The opening chapters of Colossians and Ephesians are two places in which one can see Paul making a claim for universal, cosmic sovereignty belonging to Christ, rather than ascribing it to “God” in general terms, and rather, on the other hand, than limiting Christ’s sovereignty to the “church” (which I will leave undefined for the […]

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Prudentius’ Hymnus de Trinitate: Dogmatics and Poetics

Writing intensely dogmatic poetry within the constraints of classical meters is not easy to do. One of the best and most interesting of those who have made the attempt is the most erudite and virtuosic Christian poet of Late Antiquity, Aurelius Prudentius Clemens (late fourth/early fifth century). Below is the hymn on the Trinity that […]

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Christ, Savior and Judge of the “Secular”

Gasp! It is well known that the Latin term saeculum, whence our “secular,” etc., has a variety of meanings. Roughly the Latin equivalent of the Greek term αἰών, it sometimes means this passing “age,” in contrast to the age to come; sometimes “age” in a generic sense; sometimes “world.” There is nothing in the word’s […]

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The Scholarly Status of “Early High Christology”

Larry Hurtado reports that the concept of Jesus receiving attributions of divinity and religious devotion in the years immediately following his crucifixion is now something of a consensus position among scholars of the field. He gives some further commentary and explanation here, concluding with these remarks: But the earliest clear indications of believers treating Jesus […]

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Buchanan: Hymnus matutinus ad Christum

I had intended to post this before Christmas, but the theme is never out of season. What follows is a short hymn to Christ by George Buchanan. After having made an unpoetical translation, I discovered that there have been a handful of translations of it over the past couple of centuries. But I’ll warrant I’m […]