Category: Biblical Studies

Does the Author of Hebrews Condone Capital Punishment? A Response to Paul Copan (#12)

  In his critique of Crucifixion of the Warrior God (CWG), Paul Copan argues that several New Testament authors condone capital punishment as directly willed by God. The most challenging for my thesis, in my estimation, is Hebrews 10:26-29, which reads:
For if we willfully persist in sin after having received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has violated the law of Moses dies without mercy “on the testimony of two or three witnesses.” How much worse punishment do you think will be deserved by those who have spurned the Son of God, profaned the blood of the covenant by which they were sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of grace?
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I have a hard time relating to literal enemies as the psalmist in #3. I don’t think I have a relationship with people I despise so much that I wish God would destroy them but if I think of enemies metaphorically, perhaps this psalm is more identifiable for me. There are diseases that I wish God could eradicate and there are systems and power structures whose “teeth” [power to rip and devour] could gladly be broken! […]

Epiphany of the Lord: Gospel Passage & Old Testament Passage – The identity and might of the Lord God Jesus Christ

Today is the Epiphany of the Lord, the day when the evidence of Jesus as the Son of God is considered and pondered. Sometimes this day points to God identifying Jesus at his baptism. And within this same week the lectionary scripture passages take up the theme of Jesus’ baptism. But for today our focus and setting is when the Wise Men come to see the baby Jesus. Ad if it seems slightly out of step from the other passages, that is because the RCL separates out this day from whatever other passages might be used. […]


I was planning to post a formal introduction to the disorientation theme but it became a bit long and perhaps being more personal and less wordy are of greater value. [The introduction to disorientation is posted under the “Psalms Project” tab.] Psalm 6 seems to be coming from the perspective of one who is suffering […]

Jesus and the “Eye for an Eye” Command: A Response to Paul Copan (#10)

  As I noted in my 9th response to Paul Copan’s critique of Crucifixion of the Warrior God (CWG), Copan argues that Jesus merely repudiated wrong applications of OT laws in his sermon on the mount, not any OT law itself. He thus thinks I’m mistaken when I argue that Jesus placed his own authority above that of the OT and when I argue that the revelation of God in the crucified Christ radically transforms the meaning that we should find in much of the OT. [...] The post Jesus and the “Eye for an Eye” Command: A Response to Paul Copan (#10) appeared first on Greg Boyd - ReKnew.

Holy Name of Jesus Day & New Year’s Day: Old Testament Passage, Gospel Passage, Psalms Passage – What’s in a new name?

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. “ (Numbers 6:22-26)  […]

Baptism of the Lord: Gospel Passage – A small glimpse of the Spirit that is to come

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.” (Mark 1:4 – 6) […]

A Year in the Psalms

This year I’m doing something different with my blog. I am using it as a gathering place for reading and reflecting on the Book of Psalms as a virtual collective. If you have been a previous follower you are invited to be part of this collective experiment. If you received an invitation to participate and you accepted the invitation, welcome to my website; feel free to browse previous posts on various topics. If you happened upon the site, welcome to you also! A reading schedule for the year is available when you click the “Psalms Project” tab above.  […]

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