Imagine, at the end of your life, someone gives you the opportunity to go back and insert a thousand more “I love you”s, from you to your children, in their formative years. Would you take that opportunity? Well perhaps that opportunity is opening today.
Here’s a little thing I do: I write each of our three kids a little note to go in their school lunch boxes, every day. Here are today’s three notes:
They’re just short and sweet. Usually they’re just a friendly note about what we’ve done recently, or something that child has said or done or been looking forward to. Or sometimes it’s a picture, or a cryptic message that only the two of us will understand. Occasionally it’s something more serious – reminding them that they can pray, or encouraging them not to lose heart. But whatever the message, it always ends by telling them I love them.
This way, however else I fall short and stuff up and fail, at least my kids are hearing from their dad every day that he cherishes them. It’s not always meaningful to them – my son often forgets to even read his note until he gets home and I remind him! But if they bring them home, the notes get put aside in a box, and perhaps when I do die and the kids have to clear away all my junk, they’ll come across a thousand dusty “I love you”s, and remember how much they have always been valued…
I hope it is a blessing if you choose to try it.
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This is the theme of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) conference this year, which will be held here in Western Australia. The keynote speaker is Oxford University’s Graham Ward.
The Call for Papers closes at the end of this month. So far we have had paper proposals coming in from Australia, New Zealand, North America, and Asia. Papers are especially welcome if they relate to the main theme of the conference, but papers in all theological disciplines and on a variety of topics may be accepted. Proposals should come to me, at the email address provided on the Call for Papers.
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I’m glad to see this consideration of Pauline authorship of Hebrews. This is the only book traditionally assigned to Paul that conservative evangelicals are allowed to consider non-Pauline without having to worry about pseudonymity, so they often take up the opportunity with relish. Just to be different, I like to affirm Pauline authorship of the letter, along with many throughout history.
Here’s my new tagline:
Proudly affirming Pauline authorship of Hebrews since 2011. ™
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Well most of the time you can, but you have to remember it’s inputted by humans, who make decisions, make mistakes, and copy other humans.
The other day in our Hebrew exegesis class we noticed that although a verb appeared to all of us to be a normal 3rd person plural, it was treated as 3rd person singular in our software and in English translations. In this instance we decided that there must be some reason that the software and translations treated it so, so we’d have to provisionally trust its judgement, without fully understanding its reasoning.
Then just today, a colleague showed me the verb ἐδολιοῦσαν in Romans 3:13, which all available analytical lexicons (and logos) say is a 3rd person plural imperfect. This is a little odd, because it appears to have an aorist ending (although I would have expected the slightly different ἐδολιῶσαν as the aorist, and ἐδολιοῦν as the imperfect)… so why is it listed as an imperfect? Perhaps it is genuinely an imperfect, for reasons I don’t fully understand – as with the Hebrew issue above.
BUT WAIT! In this instance, the word is part of a quote from Psalm 5:10 (LXX), which carries exactly the same word: ἐδολιοῦσαν. But whereas in the NT citation Logos says it is a 3rd person plural imperfect, in the LXX Logos says it is a 3rd person plural aorist. So is it an aorist or an imperfect? And why do all the NT parsing aids say it’s imperfect – did they all copy each other?
Anyway, who knows? Let’s all just have a cup of peppermint tea and not worry about it.
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I was intrigued to come across Bede (673-735) reflecting on what is happening hermeneutically when Christians read the Old Testament: they are able to gain nourishment by drinking it in as “water”; but this water is transformed into “wine” when they perceive its full christological significance:
David was allotted the kingdom of the Israelites in place of Saul. He was a humble, innocent and gentle exile, yet he was for a long time tormented by [Saul’s] unjust persecution…. Whoever upon hearing these things begins to strive after humility and innocence and to drive pride and envy from his heart has, as it were, found a draught of the clearest water, by which he may be refreshed. But if he recognizes that Saul signifies those who persecute, and David signifies Christ and the church; and if he recognizes that on account of the [persecutors’] lack of faith, both their material and spiritual sovereignty has been destroyed, while the reign of Christ and the church will always remain; [with this understanding] he will perceive a cup of wine made from the water, for he will know that he is reading not only about that king but about his own life and reign, where before he read [the story] as if it were an ancient history about others. (ACCS: Josh-Samuel, p. 286)
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I’m grateful to James Korsmo and Baker for these two volumes in the Teach the Text commentary series. I look forward to commenting on them in due course…
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While we were in Kuala Lumpur, we visited an art exhibition dedicated to celebrating scientists. It showed life size photos of numerous award winning scientists, along with key quotations and depictions of their findings. I found the following quote intriguing:
It is like the thirsty traveller who at first sincerely sought the water of knowledge, but who later, having found it plain perhaps, proceeded to temper his cup with the salt of doubt so that his thirst now becomes insatiable though he drinks incessantly, and that in thus drinking the water that cannot slake his thirst, he has forgotten the original and true purpose for which the water was sought.
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