Biblical Interpretation

Did God Assist the Israelites in the Violent Battle with the Amalekites? (podcast)

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Greg keeps his hands in the air as he battles against Old Testament interpretations that portray God as violent.  http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0748.mp3

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When Do Bible Characters Become Historically Real People? (podcast)

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Topic: Historical characters. Genre: Mind-Bending Historical Analysis. Players: Greg Boyd & Dan Kent (both real)  http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0746.mp3

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Please Explain the Olive Tree in Romans 11 (podcast)

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Greg unpacks a tricky passage. Dan feverishly takes notes.  http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0739.mp3

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The Flood Through a Cruciform Lens (podcast)

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Greg considers the flood story in light of the cross. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0737.mp3

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How is the Bible “God-Breathed”?

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The historic-orthodox church has always confessed that all canonical writings are “God-breathed” (1 Tim 3:16). But what exactly does this mean? How could God guarantee that the writings that his “breathing” produces are precisely what…

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Podcast: Has Greg ‘Gone Liberal’ in His Cruciform Hermeneutic?

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Greg consoles a disappointed fan and discusses Cruciform Hermeneutics.  http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0365.mp3

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

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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,…

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Jesus Repudiates OT Commands on Oath-Taking: A Response to Paul Copan (#9)

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In his critique of Crucifixion of the Warrior God (CWG), Paul Copan argues that “Boyd pushes too hard to make Jesus’ teaching appear more revolutionary than it really is” [italics original]. Whereas I argue that…

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Reinterpreting the Law, Violence and Nationalism of the OT

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The law of the OT was intended to serve a negative object lesson. This finds its clearest expression in Paul. To begin, Paul interpreted Jesus’ death on the cross largely in sacrificial and substitutionary terms….

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Jesus, the Word of God

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“[T]he standing message of the Fathers to the Church Universal,” writes Georges Florovsky, was that “Christ Jesus is the Alpha and Omega of the Scriptures both the climax and the knot of the Bible.”[1] It…

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Reviewing the Reviews: Tom Belt (Part 2)

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In my previous post I reviewed Tom’s critical review of volume 1 of CWG, and in this post I’d like to do the same for his critical review of volume 2. As he did in his…

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The Problem with Christocentrism

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As we’ve discussed in the previous posts, there has been a growing move toward a Christocentric orientation in theology since Barth, and especially over the last fifty years. I enthusiastically applaud this trend, for I’m…

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Overemphasizing Christ?

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In response to my work, some have argued that I tend to overemphasize Christ. In light of the claim that in Jesus we have the one and only definitive Word of God and that no…

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Modern Theologians and the Centrality of Christ

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During the twentieth century the development of a Christocentric reading of the Scriptures—which is crucial to understanding what I argue in Crucifixion of the Warrior God—surged in the wake of Karl Barth’s publication of his…

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Early Anabaptists and the Centrality of Christ

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In a previous post, I wrote about the Christocentric interpretation of the Scriptures espoused by the magisterial Reformers, specifically Luther and Calvin. Their hermeneutic was focused on the work and the offices of Christ, but…

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Reviewing the Reviews: Rob Grayson (Faith Meets World)

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Well folks, Crucifixion of the Warrior God (CWG) has been out three weeks and it’s already in its third printing! That blows me away! Thank you!! We’re already getting deeply moving testimonies of how this…

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Divine Accommodation in the Early Church

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One of the basic points made in The Crucifixion of the Warrior God is that the Old Testament reveals how God adjusts his revelation and instructions to accommodate the weakness of his covenant people. This…

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The Entire Old Testament is About Jesus

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Jesus himself taught that he carried more authority than any prophet that predated him. Though Jesus regarded John as the greatest prophet up to himself (Matt 11:11), he claimed his own “testimony” was “weightier (megas)…

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Can Good Theology Be Innovative?

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For many in conservative Christian circles innovation in theology and biblical interpretation is viewed as suspect, if not sinful. To this I would simply respond by pointing out that the attitude that would dismiss hermeneutical…

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Approaches to Reading the Bible

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As early as the 17th century, certain Bible scholars began to apply the scientific model of knowledge that evolved during the Scientific Revolution to the study of Scripture. This new “scientific” approach is broadly referred…

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