Seneca: The Fate of an Unused Bookroll — The Textual Mechanic

There has been a lot of talk in recent years on the length of time an ancient book, or even “autograph” may have been in use. I briefly addressed this topic in “Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism,” Chapter two “Myths About Autographs.” In that chapter I cite a comment from the second… Seneca: The Fate of an Unused Bookroll — The Textual Mechanic Continue reading Seneca: The Fate of an Unused Bookroll — The Textual Mechanic

Hating Vain Thoughts — The Scriptorium Daily

Just a quick note here on the blog, to hold a link to a helpful sermon from Richard Chenevix Trench, “On the Duty of Hating Vain Thoughts.” It’s from an 1886 collection of sermons freely available at various places online, but I excerpted the sermon itself and am sharing it (along with my own highlighting)… Hating Vain Thoughts — The Scriptorium Daily Continue reading Hating Vain Thoughts — The Scriptorium Daily

Atonement in Heaven

This article argues effectively that Christ presented Himself in heaven for the forgiveness of humanity’s sins. The only quibble I have is that no ancient Jewish or early Christian source labels the high priest’s inner-sanctum blood manipulation an “offering.”  https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/our-welcome-to-heaven Lev. 6.30 explains: But any sin offering whose blood is brought into the tent of meeting to make atonement in the Holy Place must not … Continue reading Atonement in Heaven

Salt Losing Its Savor (Part 2)

Here is Part 1: https://beliefspeak2.net/2014/09/22/salt-losing-its-savor-luke-14-34-35-matthew-513/ The first post was produced nearly 6 years ago and additional thoughts about the reference to “salt” in the scriptures have occurred to me while studying the bible as a whole. Probably the greatest impediment to find meaning in the text is to treat it atomistically, that is to divide or view parts of the bible as unconnected fragments. Instead, … Continue reading Salt Losing Its Savor (Part 2)

Paul and Jesus Disclaim a Divine Council

In him we were also chosen,  having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will (Eph. 1.11 NIV) In this verse, Paul affirms God’s working in all things, solely by His own will. This, of course, does not mean He cannot teach and interact with angelic beings. It seems appropriate that The Divine would … Continue reading Paul and Jesus Disclaim a Divine Council