Posts in Historical Theology

The Dead Sea Scrolls in Los Angeles

By Kenneth Way Jun. 30, 2015 9:00 a.m. Culture, Old Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the California Science Center offers a historic opportunity to see artifacts and manuscripts from what is arguably the most significant archaeological discovery of the twentieth century. The Dead Sea Scrolls are precious to Jews and Christians of all backgrounds because of what they contribute to our understanding of textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, the beliefs and practices of ancient Judaism and the cultural background of the New Testament.

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Justin Martyr: The First Great Apologist of the Christian Church

By Doug Geivett Jun. 10, 2015 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Historical Theology

Justin Martyr (ca. 100-165 AD) is considered by many to be the first great apologist of the Christian church. The apostle Paul is surely a better candidate for that distinction. But Paul was an inspired author of Scripture. This is not true of any of the other great Christian apologists. And Justin apparently was the first of these. Certainly, he is the first whose writings have survived and are available in English translation ...

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Paul’s 4th Missionary Journey (And I Don’t Mean His Trip to Rome)

By Kenneth Berding Apr. 14, 2015 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Historical Theology

“Paul’s fourth missionary journey? I thought he went on three missionary journeys!” Yes, according to Acts, Paul embarked on three missionary journeys. Then he was imprisoned in Palestine for a couple years, transported under guard via ship to Rome (a journey that included a shipwreck on Malta), and spent a couple more years under house arrest in Rome. End of story? No. That is where the book of Acts ends, but it is not the end of the story. There are enough biblical and historical hints floating around to allow us to reconstruct some of what happened next. As a result of such a reconstruction, perhaps we ought to start talking about Paul’s fourth missionary journey ...

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Reject Jesus for Judaism?

By William Lane Craig Mar. 27, 2015 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

Dear Dr. Craig,

On Jan 5th I made a statement that I was not going to allow doubt in regards to Jesus into my life, Jesus appears to be the best choice and that’s what I’m going with and I’ll reevaluate at the end of the year. Well, a few days after I made this statement some books by Rabbi Tovia Singer (Let's Get Biblical) that I ordered earlier arrived and I couldn’t help myself to start reading them. I hate that I’m so inconsistent, but I will not apologize for yearning for truth ...

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A Helpful Ecclesiology

By John McKinley Mar. 18, 2015 10:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Theology, Historical Theology

When I offered a new seminar course on Ecclesiology last semester, one of the books we discussed is Gregg R. Allison’s Sojourners and Strangers: the Doctrine of the Church (Crossway, 2012). This is the latest volume in the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series edited by John Feinberg. The book has several features to commend it for evangelical readers interested in ecclesiology. One characteristic throughout the book is the clear and well-organized writing style that is a model for students to see how ideas are presented, supported with evidence, and critiqued or nuanced. It is difficult to misunderstand Allison’s meaning and how all of his claims fit together.

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A Tribute to Dr. Robert Saucy

Mar. 13, 2015 2:39 p.m. Ministry and Leadership, Theology, Historical Theology

A tribute to our beloved brother in Christ, Dr. Robert Saucy, who went home to be with the Lord on March 12, 2015.

 

 

 

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Should You Pray to the Holy Spirit?

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 10, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology, Historical Theology

The short answer, I believe, is that there is nothing wrong with offering a prayer to the Holy Spirit since God the Spirit is, of course, fully God, just as is God the Father and God the Son. However, most prayers in the New Testament and in the church of the second and third centuries were to God the Father, with a few exceptions.

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