Tag Archives: Second Temple Judaism

Uncreated and Created: How Flexible is Your Monotheism?

And then there was Arius … The Arian crisis of the fourth century dramatically changed the theological landscape of catholic Christianity. Historians of the past few decades have published important works on the crisis, shedding new light on the important … Continue reading

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Larry Hurtado and the gods

I do not understand what Larry Hurtado, summarizing a forthcoming scholarly article, means when he writes of the 2nd Temple period: I engage the terminological issue of whether and/or how “monotheism” can be a suitable term for ancient Jewish religious … Continue reading

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Inclusive and Exclusive Monotheism

In his essay “The ‘Most High’ God and the Nature of Early Jewish Monotheism,” Richard Bauckham helpfully distinguishes between inclusive and exclusive monotheism. Inclusive monotheism declares the God is the highest being within the class of deities to which he … Continue reading

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Ruminating Romans: Saul of Tarsus and the Righteousness of YHWH

How did Saul of Tarsus understand the righteousness of God before his conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ? To address this question we first need to explore the eschatological hope of Second Temple Judaism. In his book The New Testament … Continue reading

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