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My Kingdom Is Not of This World (5)

Today we turn to Thomas Aquinas’ commentary on John. He discusses John 18:36 in the sixth lectio on ch. 18. His comments are rather lengthy, and so a follow-up post with the rest will be required. Text Hic ponitur responsio Christi, et primo removet suspicionis de regno suo falsitatem; secundo astruit veritatem, ibi dixit itaque ei […]

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“My Kingdom Is Not of This World” (4)

Today we get into our DeLorean and step further back in time for the fourth part in our series for a patristic witness. John Chrysostom’s comments from his 83rd Homily on the Gospel of John follow. Text My Kingdom is not of this world. He leads upwards Pilate who was not a very wicked man, […]

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“My Kingdom Is Not of This World” (3)

(Parts 1 and 2 here and here.) Our next selection comes from the In Quatuor Evangelistas, Matthaeum, Marcum, Lucam et Iohannem, item in Acta Apostolorum Comentarij of the Swiss Reformed theologian, humanist, and Christian Hebraist Konrad Pellikan (1478-1556). As previously, the text will be followed by a translation and a few remarks. Text Haec quoniam Pilatus simpliciter […]

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“My Kingdom Is Not of This World” (2)

This is the second in a series on the history of the exegesis of John 18:36 (“My kingdom is not of this world”). (Part 1 here.) Today’s selection comes from Wolfgang Musculus’ Commentarii In Evangelivm Ioannis: In Tres Heptadas Digesti. Yesterday I said that Hemmingsen’s commentary was massive. I was wrong. Musculus gives an entirely new […]

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“My Kingdom Is Not of This World” (1)

I plan to do a brief series on interpretations of John 18:36 (“My kingdom is not of this world”) in the history of exegesis, especially focusing on Protestant commentators, because (1) it is extremely important for political theology and (2), like anything else, it is open to misreading. To paraphrase Aratus, let me begin with […]

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Getting the Grammar Right

Quick! Review Conditional Forms! Conveniently: The difference between indicative and counterfactual conditionals, in a context of past time reference, is one of emphasis, and can be illustrated with a pair of examples in which the if clause is in the past indicative in the first example but in the pluperfect subjunctive in the second: If […]

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Is Christianity Politically Subversive?

One often sees the question in my title posed, and also regularly sees generically affirmative or negative answers given to it. However, the question–like many others of its kind–is nonsensical as framed. There is no answer to it. Or, rather, there is an answer; and that answer is, “It depends.” I would submit that the […]

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On Rebuking the Prince

One might conclude, if he reads John Calvin’s political theology selectively (especially the passages on obedience to the magistrate howsoever despotic he may be), that the disciplinarian master of Geneva (sic) doesn’t do much more than make citizens into toadies for tyrants. That’s not quite the case, however, as is well known from his doctrine of […]

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The Locus of Church Unity

Denominationalism defines the modern church. By denominationalism is meant the social existence of the church as a congeries of groupings (congregations) invested by private law with a certain degree of collective or “moral” personality, grouped together voluntarily in associations of greater or lesser geographic extent, whereby these associations are separated the one from the other […]

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“Did Nineveh Stand, or Was Nineveh Overthrown?”

(This post should be read in tandem with the recent citation of City of God 2.19 on Augustine’s use of Psalm 148:11-12.) In The Desire of the Nations, Oliver O’Donovan, in his discussion in the chapter titled “The Obedience of Rulers,” refers to two passages in Augustine to illustrate his view of what happens when the people […]