Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I. Howard Marshall on Pauline Theology in the Thessalonian Correspondence

The following article is now on-line in PDF:

I. Howard Marshall, "Pauline Theology in the Thessalonian Correspondence," M.D. Hooker & S.G. Wilson, eds., Paul and Paulinism. Essays In honour C.K. Barrett. London: SPCK, 1982. Hbk. ISBN: 028103835X. pp.173-183.

Professor Marshall compares and contrasts the theology of the two letters to the Thessalonians with the rest of the Pauline corpus and concludes that despite some omissions many of the main elements of Pauline Theology are present. For further reading see:

Thursday, October 25, 2007

F.F. Bruce on the Authority and Power of the Bible

The following article is now on-line in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "The Lausanne Covenant - 2: The Authority and Power of the Bible," The Harvester 55 (November 1976): 320-333.

F.F. Bruce explains and critiques the section of the Lausanne Covenant which deals with the authority and power of the Bible.

F.F. Bruce on the Holy Spirit in the Qumran Texts

The following article is now available on-line in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "Holy Spirit in the Qumran Texts," Annual of Leeds University Oriental Society 6 (1966/68): 49-55.

F.F. Bruce compares the teaching about the Holy Spirit in the New Testament and in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Giving Developing Countries "The Internet in a Box"

Since its inception a major aim of the Theology on the Web project has been to make available high quality theological material in countries where it would otherwise be impossible to obtain. Being part of the Widernet Project goes a long way towards making that vision a reality. Run by the University of Ohio the E-Granary Project now provides Universities in developing countries with 750GB of data from selected websites on a hard drive - effectively giving them "the Internet in a Box". I warmly commend the project - you can read their latest newsletter here.

F.F. Bruce on Jesus and Paul

The following article is now on-line in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "Jesus and Paul," Theological Students Fellowship Bulletin 46 (Autumn 1966): 21-26.

F.F. Bruce surveys the progress of the debate concerning the relationship of Paul and Jesus in the mid-sixties. My thanks to All Nations College library for their help in supplying originals of this and a number of other F.F. Bruce articles. All Nations is one of two UK Bible Colleges who are currently assisting the development of the website by providing copies of articles free-of-charge. I am attempting to develop relationships with other colleges who may be prepared to help in this way.

F.F. Bruce on the Fourth Gospel in "recent" Interpretation

The following article is now on-line in PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "The Fourth Gospel in Recent Interpretation," Terminal Letter of the Theological Students' Fellowship (Spring 1958): 2-6.

"Recent" is a relative term in this case, but I still found much of the material of interest. My thanks to UCCF for their kind permission to reproduce it on-line.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Bible Translator Vol. 11 - 20 Table of Contents On-line

As I mentioned before The Bible Translator has been on-line for some years. I have created a more search-engine and user-friendly front end for the PDF documents in the form of a HTML table of contents. Here are some of the articles from volumes 11-20 that caught my eye:

J. Harold Greenlee, "'If' in the New Testament," Bible Translator 13.1 (Jan. 1962): 39-43.

Harold Keeling Moulton, "The names and attributes of God," Bible Translator 13.2 (April 1962): 71-80.

J. Clifford Hindley, "The meaning and translation of covenant," Bible Translator 13.2 (April 1962): 90-101.

Harry Mowvley, "The concept and content of "blessing" in the Old Testament," Bible Translator 16.2 (April 1965): 74-80.

Edgar V. McKnight, "Is the New Testament written in 'Holy Ghost' Greek," Bible Translator 16.2 (April 1965): 87-93.

William A. Smalley, "The place of linguistics in Bible translation," Bible Translator 16.3 (July 1965): 105-112.

Peter R Ackroyd & Michael A. Knibb, "Translating the psalms," Bible Translator 17.1 (Jan. 1966): 1-11.

Ronald E. Clements, "Divine titles as a problem of Old Testament translation," Bible Translator 17.2 (April 1966): 81-84.

Charles R. Taber, "Exegesis and linguistics," Bible Translator 20.4 (October 1969): 150-153.

Friday, October 19, 2007

F.F. Bruce on Myth & History

The following article is now on-line on PDF:

F.F. Bruce, "Myth & History," Colin Brown, ed., History, Criticism & Faith. Four Exploratory Studies. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 1976. Pbk. ISBN: 085111315X. pp.79-99.

My thanks to IVP (UK) for their kind permission to reproduce this article.

Bruce concludes:

Let us repeat: it is the person and work of Christ that are at issue. How much mythology has entered into the traditional concept of the combining of the divine and human natures in his person? None, we may say, in the sense that the long-accepted formulations are cast in metaphysical and not mythical language. But if the term ‘myth­ical’ or ‘mythological’ is used with a wider range of meaning, it can properly be applied to any statement about Christ which gives the impression, however faintly, that there was something vaguely ‘un­real’ about his manhood―that his temptations, his sufferings and his death were not as ‘real’ as ours are. Since God created man in his image, humanity provided a congenial medium for the revelation of God to this world. The ‘human face of God’ is a real face, not a mask assumed for a dramatic purpose. It is in the manhood of Jesus, not merely through it, that the divine glory shines for those who have eyes to see it. It was in ‘the form of a servant’ that the ‘form of God’ was most adequately displayed on earth (Phil. 2:6 f.). John the Evan­gelist knows what he is doing when he speaks of Jesus’ being ‘lifted up’ on the cross as the means of his being ‘lifted up’ in glory: the royalty of the God whom we adore is fully seen in the crucified one. To the same effect Mark the evangelist associates the moment of Jesus’ death with the rending of the temple veil and the centurion’s confession: ‘Truly this man was the Son of God’ (Mk. 15:38 f.). It is not on the dying and rising god of a ritual drama but on the once­-for-all event of the passion and triumph of Jesus of Nazareth that the gospel of our salvation is firmly based.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

C.F.D. Moule on New Life in Colossians 3:1-17

The following article is now available in PDF:

C.F.D. Moule, "'The New Life' in Colossians 3:1-17," Review & Expositor 70-4 (Fall 1973): 481-493.

When I wrote to him Professor Moule was very enthusiastic about having his work placed on-line and so I am pleased to upload this article on Colossians 3, thanks to the kind permission of the Review & Expositor.

G.R. Beasley-Murray on Colossians Chapter 2

The following article is now available in PDF:

G.R. Beasley-Murray, "The Second Chapter of Colossians," Review & Expositor 70-4 (Fall 1973): 469-479.

This article provides a detailed exposition of Colossians 2. My thanks to the editorial board of Review & Expositor for their kind permission to reproduce this and other articles from the journal.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Vox Evangelica Volume 12 (1981) now on-line

The following articles are now on-line in PDF format:

Alan Millard, "Solomon in all his Glory (Laing Lecture for 1979)," Vox Evangelica 12 (1981): 5-18.

Most studies of Solomon concentrate on his wisdom rather than his wealth. In this article Professor Millard demonstrates that the account of the great wealth attributed to him is quite credible.

Richard T. France, "The Worship of Jesus (Laing Lecture for 1980)," Vox Evangelica 12 (1981): 19-33.

A helpful study of how the worship of Jesus in the Gospels demonstrates how the early church understood his nature.

John W. Baigent, "Jesus as Priest," Vox Evangelica 12 (1981): 34-44.

The article concludes (in part):

Ideas are expressed in various parts of the NT which do indeed bear a distinct affinity to the high priest concept of Hebrews. Some statements could imply that the author had the beginnings of such a concept, or are consonant with the possibility that he held such a concept. Some statements could even have sparked off, or been the spring-board for, the development of the high priest concept of Hebrews. But no reference which we have examined compels us to attribute to the writer a priestly concept of Jesus. Certainly we are unable to follow those who think that a sacrificial interpretation of the death of Christ necessarily involves the idea of his priesthood. This assumes that when a person uses a metaphor (e.g. sacrifice) he inevitably has all aspects of the picture in mind. It is clearly not the case. We cannot resist the impression that those who claim to find a priestly view of Jesus in other parts of the NT have imported the idea from Hebrews and read it back into these passages.

M. Max B. Turner, "Spirit Endowment in Luke-Acts: Some Linguistic Considerations," Vox Evangelica 12 (1981): 45-63.

Donald Guthrie, "The Lamb in the Structure of the Book of Revelation," Vox Evangelica 12 (1981): 64-71.

A.N.S. Lane, "Did Calvin believe in Freewill?" Vox Evangelica 12 (1981): 72-90.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Charlie (C.F.D.) Moule dies at age 98

I was saddened to read today in The Telegraph of the death of the Reverend Professor C.F.D. Moule. I correspondended briefly with Prof. Moule last year after contacting for permission to use his Ethel M. Wood lecture, which is mentioned in Telegraph obituary:

Rev. Canon C.F.D. Moule, Man and Nature in the New Testament. Some Reflections on Biblical Ecology. The Ethel M. Wood Lecture delivered before the University of London on 9 March 1964. London: The Athlone Press, 1964. Pbk. pp.22.

I am sure that he would not mind me sharing the contents of his second letter of 7th July:

Dear Mr Bradshaw,

Thank you for your letter of 5 July and for taking the trouble to follow-up my remark. I that that of all my books there are 3 I would venture to think not to have been superseded and out-dated; but, on further reflection, I believe that two are in fact in print. (My uncertainty and vagueness are due to the fact that, at 97 1/2, I am severely restricted in movement and almost bereft of books, and so unable to check up on the facts; but perhaps you may have means of ascertaining details.)

(1) The Origin of Christology (C.U.P.,? 1977; out of print).

(2) The Birth of the New Testament, 3rd revised edition (A. & C. Black [or perhaps another publisher, A. & C. Black puvlished 1st & 2nd editions]), about 1981. In print.

(3) The Holy Spirit went out of print from its original publishers, but was re-issued about 4 or 5 years ago by other publishers, using, I think, simply photographic reproduction.

If any of this is worth following up, I hope you might find the information, one way or another; and perhaps you will kindly let me know any proposal you may have.

Yours sincerely,

Charlie Moule

P.S. My concern for the Origin of Christology is that I am not aware of another book which assembles so much detail to refute the popular but (I believe) totally worthless theory that a 'high' Christology was reached by the enthusiastic exaggerations of imagination. I try to show that a 'high' Christology already existed in our earliest datable source, St. Paul, and is reflected also in sunsequent, but still early, sources.
In my reply, after speaking with his publishers, I was able to reassure Professor Moule that his books would be in-print for many years to come.

I feel privileged to have been able to exchange these brief letters with him.

Professor Moule's article on the Holy Spirit is available on-line here:

C.F.D. Moule, "The Holy Spirit in the Scriptures," Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Biblical and Theological Essays. London: SPCK, 1998. Hbk. ISBN: 0281051399. pp.119-131. = The Church Quarterly, 3 (1971), pp. 279-87.