Category Archives: Bible

Who Was James of Jerusalem?

by Addison Hodges Hart It can be said, without much qualification at all, that James of Jerusalem, the “brother of the Lord,” was the most influential and respected leader of the early church before the year 62. So accustomed are … Continue reading

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A Conversation with St Paul on Exegesis and Authorial Meaning

Have you ever found yourself reading the Epistle to the Romans and thought, “It sure would be nice if St Paul were here and could explain to me what he meant when he wrote, ‘For we hold that a man … Continue reading

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When Scripture Becomes Scripture

The writings of the Bible exist as historical artifacts and may therefore be read as historical artifacts. For this purpose, we seek to understand them within their historical context. We need to know all sorts of things: we need to … Continue reading

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Reading Scripture as non-Scripture: Sola Scriptura and the Hermeneutics of Historical Artifact

“By what right do you claim the Bible for your church and exclude mine?” Let me come clean right from the start. I believe that the Holy Orthodox Church is the Church founded by Jesus Christ and his Apostles. I … Continue reading

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Pontifications, Bible Reading, and Stanley Hauerwas

I did some Google-searching last night. I wanted to see if I could find somewhere a reference to when I first started my long-defunct blog Pontifications. I think it was sometime in 2003 but the Wayback Machine could only show … Continue reading

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How to Read the Bible from a Universalist Perspective

by Thomas Talbott, Ph.D. Introduction I begin with a confession. For I must confess here at the outset that I am now utterly confident in the exegetical case for a universalist reading of the Bible as a whole, and I … Continue reading

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Sometimes Eternity Ain’t Forever: Aiónios and the Universalist Hope

When discussing the question of eschatological judgment, defenders of traditional doctrine immediately appeal to our Lord’s teaching on hell. It is simply obvious that Jesus taught the eternal damnation of the reprobate. Certainly that is how almost all the English … Continue reading

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