remember that one time….
One of the classes I’m taking this fall is the History of Christian Interpretation, taught by Dr. Mike Pasquarello. This course seeks to situate the student within the vast history of Christian interpretation of scripture from the early church fathers up through the modern period. The bent of this class is on the theological interpretation of scripture or in more simple terms ‘reading the bible with and for the church.’ Below are the course texts I just purchased for this course.
Recently I have become interested in autobiographies. The first one I read was Eric Clapton’s autobiography. It was quite the interesting life, amidst the brokeness, he has had an incredible story. I love blues music, so it was fun to read about his musical history and all the people he’s played with. Dr. Turner, one of my professors, was the one to recommend that I read it as it would be relaxing. He was right!
I had so much fun reading that autobiography that I thought I would start another one. This autobiography relates to another one of my passions which is theology and academics. I am currently reading about the life of Stanley Hauerwas, the theologian at Duke University. I’m about two chapters in and have loved it.
At my core, I’m a fan of history, whether that be ancient Rome or Greece, or the history of a person’s life. Which is probably why I love autobiographies so much.
“ote, “Those who insist that America was founded as a Christian nation run roughshod over the historical record. They… selectively choos(e) texts from the writings of the Founders without any effort to explore them in the context of the 18th-century world in which they were written. Just because John Adams and George Washington quoted from the Bible or made reference to God does not mean that they were trying to construct a Christian nation. Granted, the Founding Fathers were the products of a Christian culture, but most of them were never comfortable with the beliefs that defined this culture. Very few of them would qualify for membership in today’s evangelical churches.”
-John Fea, Messiah College
full article: http://hnn.us/articles/42835.html
My first book… self-publishing my Master of Arts Thesis. Here is the cover…will soon be on Amazon.com
As I’m busy translating a german article, in preparation for a German test at Asbury…the article I’m translating has been fascinating. The article’s main thesis is that since Paul was in Corinth writing Romans, why would he not discuss the letter with the Corinthian community? Furthermore, Thiessen and Hartwig argue that Paul continues themes from the Corinthian correspondance in the letter to the Romans. I’m pretty convinced of the first part of the thesis (although its only a possibility), the second part is still working on me…
Here is a good paragraph summing up part of Thiessen and Hartwig’s thesis:
“Finally it gives the possibility of “secondary” oral communication by writing the Roman letter in the Corinthian community. The community who knew well, that Paul wrote a long letter to the Romans. They had a high respect for his letters (2 Cor. 10:10). Although some had missed his rhetorical brilliance and wisdom. Paul affirms for that reason in 1 Cor 2:6: “among the mature we do speak wisdom.” In Romans he is now presenting a letter, because of a high intellectual level a way to impress the “Wise.” Paul had a reason to read this letter to the Corinthians, before it is sent to Rome (and Ephesus?). Whether it really did, we of course are not able to know. ” pg. 232
From: Die korinthische Gemeinde als Nebenadressat des Römerbriefs. Eigentextreferenzen des Paulus und Kommunikativer Kontext des längsten Paulusbriefes
This will be a bummer!