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Another Wineskins Post Is Up

I’ve put up a post at Wineskins with a couple of follow up questions to Paula Harrington’s thoughtful post from a few days earlier.

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Spanish Translators?

I just received a message from an American missionary to Latin America asking whether someone might translate my ebooks into Spanish. He writes, My wife and I  lived in Latin America for several years and plan to return to work among … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (Kephalē in Ephesians), Part 3

Kephalē The meaning of “head” in 1 Corinthians 11 is controversial. After all, the entire passage is replete with difficulties. In First Century Greek, “head” can refer to the highest or most prominent part of something, to the beginning, to … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (Female Prophets), Part 2

Prophecy and prayer Plainly, the wives in the Corinthian church were speaking in the assembly. They were praying and prophesying. While we can easily imagine a silent prayer, silent prophecy is quite impossible. To avoid this result, some Church of … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (An Alternative Understanding), Part 1

I’ve tried to exegete 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 several times, beginning with my book Buried Talents, written before I began blogging, and then a couple of times here on the blog. In Buried Talents, I took the view that “head” was … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:2 – 16 (“Head” in Ephesians)

Ephesians 1-2 For nearly any metaphor, the key is to find Paul’s meaning from the context. The dictionaries aren’t much help. (Eph 1:20-23 ESV)  20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:2 – 16 (The meaning of “head” and a detour into Ephesians 5)

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is filled with difficulties, and perhaps the most important one is its teaching that a man is the “head” of the woman (or, better translated, as in the ESV, the husband is the “head” of the wife). … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1: Paul’s Hermeneutics, Part 4 (Exodus as Hermeneutic)

Notice how readily Paul uses the Exodus as a parallel (or “type”) of the Christian experience. (1Co 10:1-5 ESV)  For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1: Paul’s Hermeneutics, Part 3 (On Being a Disciple)

What is a “disciple”? And here’s where we mess up. We can’t even define “disciple.” We aren’t even sure what it means to “follow Jesus.” We keep wanting to define these terms in terms of rule keeping, obedience to certain … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1: Paul’s Hermeneutics, Part 2 (Be imitators of me)

Another key element of Paul’s hermeneutics is his use of his own story to teach the gospel. Beginning in 1 Cor 9:1, Paul uses his surrender of his own rights as an apostle as an example of how to live … Continue reading

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