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On Genesis

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The Protest is Over

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Evangelicals Need Saints Too

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Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Witch of Endor and Luke's Chasm
"Comprehension does not mean denying the outrageous, deducing the unprecedented from precedents, or explaining phenomena by such analogies and generalities that the impact of reality and the shock of experience are no longer felt. It means, rather,…"
yesterday
Addai replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Witch of Endor and Luke's Chasm
"Of course one point is that the Lazarus story is consider by many to be a parable.   (One of the few that is not introduced with the typical phrase "the Kingdom of heaven is like..").    So if it is a parable,…"
Wednesday
Tyrone Flanagan commented on Tyrone Flanagan's blog post The daring life and faith of Miriam eesha Joseph
"Dear Lawrence, You made at least 12 email entries in my mailbox about this issue.  Please, don't do that any more.  I could marshal detailed arguments from the N..T. and Greek word studies to defend my point, but I don't…"
Wednesday
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Witch of Endor and Luke's Chasm
"I think the subject is more than a bit murky.  There was certainly more than one framework for understanding life after death in Luke's time.  Nor are we to assume that these frameworks remained entirely distinct from one another.…"
Wednesday
Frank P. Spinella Jr. replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Witch of Endor and Luke's Chasm
"1 Peter 3:19 seems to refer to a post-resurrection event rather than one between death and resurrection (a la the Apostles Creed).  I'd tend to look more toward Eph. 4:8-10 for a suggestion of "harrowing of hell" -- and even that…"
Wednesday
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Witch of Endor and Luke's Chasm
"With respect to Luke, I think Addai's suggestion of The "Harrowing of Hell" seems to have some explanatory power.  The only biblical basis one can find for the "Harrowing of Hell" appears to be 1 Pet. 3:19-20, which…"
Wednesday
Frank P. Spinella Jr. replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Witch of Endor and Luke's Chasm
"Christ's "decent into hell" is worthy of its own post.  I've always wondered how that got into the Apostles Creed.  (At my church we recite the Nicene Creed instead of the Apostles Creed, so I don't have much…"
Wednesday
Addai replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Witch of Endor and Luke's Chasm
"I believe that "the unbridgeable" can be bridgeable by a special dispensation of God, kind of like how miracles violate established laws of physics set by God at creation.   Luke passage is true "under most normal…"
Wednesday
Addai replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Slings and Giants
"no no I'm not talking about them having them.   I'm talking about fire power and armor penetration, compared to a sling.    An ancient slinger would not have much chance against somone carrying medieval armor that covered…"
Wednesday
Lawrence F. Vincent commented on Tyrone Flanagan's blog post The daring life and faith of Miriam eesha Joseph
"Hi Tyrone; here are my answers to your main queries: What is the apocryphal source of  this belief?  The Protoevangelium of James (also known as Gospel of James). Lawrence, you're free to believe what you want but you must…"
Wednesday
Frank P. Spinella Jr. replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Witch of Endor and Luke's Chasm
"Where do you come down on Luke's unbridgeable chasm?  Fictional or real?  (Perhaps I should say "spannable by voice only" rather than "unbridgeable," to be faithful to the text.)"
Wednesday
Robert Atwood replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Slings and Giants
"I was wrong about composite bows -- the Egyptians had them during this period I think."
Wednesday
Robert Atwood replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Slings and Giants
"I think if you check your history of weapons development it was a bit early for heavy crossbows, composite bows, and longbows,   Other sources indicate that a face shot was not unusual for a skilled slinger during this period.…"
Wednesday
Addai replied to Robert Atwood's discussion Slings and Giants
"Well David did have some HS assist. Goliath could have been a really bad opponent for David.   I've been playing medieval sims the last few years.   I've had some fun with Mount and Blade 2 (shown in the link), which is…"
Wednesday
Tyrone Flanagan commented on Tyrone Flanagan's blog post The daring life and faith of Miriam eesha Joseph
"Dear Lawrence,  I did a goggle search and early apocryphal sources like the Protoevangelium and The History of Joseph the Carpenter were not a part of the officially sanctioned books of the apocrypha listed by the…"
Tuesday
Tyrone Flanagan commented on Tyrone Flanagan's blog post The daring life and faith of Miriam eesha Joseph
"Dear Lawrence,  Thanks for your reply.  The truth that you speak about is strictly extra biblical and a part of a tradition that was not preached as a part of the gospel by the apostles.  Why didn't Matthew the apostle speak of…"
Tuesday
Addai replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Witch of Endor and Luke's Chasm
"I kind of wonder if Saul slaughtering the priests that helped David was basically "an unforgivable sin", as far as the story goes.    A different version of "don't touch God's anointed"  (an offense done…"
Tuesday
Robert Atwood posted a discussion

Slings and Giants

I found this video showing some boys with slings.  Given David's probable skill level with a sling poor Goliath didn't stand a chance.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj4_3ynNj8oSee More
Tuesday
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Witch of Endor and Luke's Chasm
"May I venture to interject that the Witch of Endor story is part of a much larger story which is technically tragic.  The visit to the Witch begins the final act of the "drama" in which Saul comes to grips with the fact that he…"
Tuesday
Robert Atwood replied to Frank P. Spinella Jr.'s discussion The Witch of Endor and Luke's Chasm
"Advancing a long ways into the land of speculation, I would guess that when the text says "Then Samuel said to Saul" it may have been through the voice of the witch. There is a roughly contemporary story in Homer's Odyssey…"
Tuesday

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The Witch of Endor and Luke's Chasm

Started by Frank P. Spinella Jr. in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood yesterday. 16 Replies

Did the story recounted in 1 Sam. 28 really happen?  Wherever you come down on this, you’re going to be in good company.  Smelik, “The Witch of Endor: I Samuel 28 in Rabbinic and Christian Exegesis…Continue

Slings and Giants

Started by Robert Atwood in Theology (General). Last reply by Addai on Wednesday. 4 Replies

I found this video showing some boys with slings.  Given David's probable skill level with a sling poor Goliath didn't stand a chance.…Continue

The Weather and God's Approval?

Started by Addai in Theology (General). Last reply by Addai on Sunday. 40 Replies

In the OT there are a number of passages and situations where God withholds rain from countries and causes droughts and famines especially to show his disapproval toward those nations sin and…Continue

Context

Started by Robert Atwood in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood on Sunday. 7 Replies

I sometimes think that when I write about “context” not everyone is on the same page.  In ordinary language a given knowledge-ascribing sentence can express different propositions in different…Continue

Rabbi Cahn, "The Harbinger"

Started by Addai in Theology (General). Last reply by Tyrone Flanagan Nov 21. 17 Replies

I'm a little loathe to bring up apocalyptic writers and such.    We've probably all seen our fair share of Hal Lindsey's come up to the plate, strike out, only to continue writing books and making…Continue

Paul's authority

Started by Jim Zeirke in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Nov 18. 26 Replies

I've been thinking about this issue for the last few days:  Do we assign the same authority to Paul's letters that we do to Jesus' words in the Gospels?  Specifically, Jesus instituted several…Continue

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Thought for the Day

Started by Robert Atwood in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Nov 17. 2 Replies

 [Emil] Cioran ... intensifies the Sartrean theme that ‘hell is other people’ by rendering it into a virtue: he asserts that ‘we are here to make each other wretched, and that to rebel against this…Continue

Luke's Historical Research and the Inerrancy Hypothesis

Started by Frank P. Spinella Jr. in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Nov 16. 19 Replies

The prologue to Luke's gospel refers, in Luke 1:3, to his "investigating everything carefully from the very first" (NRSV).  The oral and written accounts of decades-old events that he gathered before…Continue

Crusader Kings 2

Started by Addai in Theology (General). Last reply by Addai Nov 13. 1 Reply

I've had a lot of fun playing this PC game the past year or so and would recommend it to anyone that likes strategy games or even "role playing games and for anyone interested there's a review link…Continue

Puzzled about Paul

Started by Robert Atwood in Theology (General). Last reply by Robert Atwood Nov 13. 33 Replies

I am afraid that I have been around academic theology so long that the notion that there is a definite cleavage between the teaching of Paul and Jesus seems to be my own de facto view.  It is,…Continue

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