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The Amazing Doctrines of Paul as Midrash – Book Review

Vasicek, Edward J. The Amazing Doctrines of Paul as Midrash. The Jewish Roots and Old Testament  Sources for Paul’s Teachings. Midrash Detective Publications, Kokomo, Indiana, 2014. In Vasicek’s second book, he again contends that the 2nd  Century Church threw away the key to interpreting Scripture because of anti-Semitism. He asks, “What would the original  recipients fluent in the …

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Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul – Book Review

Hays, Richard B. Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul. Yale University Press, New Haven, 1989.  Hays begins defining Paul as a First Century Jewish Christian seeking to come to terms hermeneutically with his Jewish heritage. He uses an intertextual approach to examine Paul’s letters. He explores the hermeneutical significance of reading Paul as a …

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The Testing of God’s Son – Book Review

Gerhardsson, Birger. The Testing of God’s Son. (Matthew 4:1-11 & PAR) An Analysis of an Early Christian Midrash. IPF STOCK, Eugene, Oregon, 1966. Gerhardsson in The Testing describes the origin and meaning of the testing of Jesus by Satan as recorded in the three synoptic gospels. He notes there is a short version of the …

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Greek Genres and Jewish Authors. Negotiating Literary Culture in the Greco-Roman Era – Book Review

Adams, Sean A. Greek Genres and Jewish Authors. Negotiating Literary Culture in the Greco-Roman Era. Baylor University Press, Waco, Texas, 2020. Adams’ book is an historical investigation of the ways that Jewish authors engaged literary culture and constructed texts, that is, Jewish literature written in Greek, participating in the historical, geographical and rhetorical world that …

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Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period – Book Review

Longenecker, Richard N. Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period. Second Edition. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1999. In this Second Edition this classic the author prefaces his work with new material regarding 1st Century exegesis. Longenecker points to books by Richard B. Hays (Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul) and …

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The Amazing Doctrines of Paul as Midrash. The Jewish Roots and Old Testament Sources for Paul’s Teachings – Book Review

Vasicek, Edward J. The Amazing Doctrines of Paul as Midrash. The Jewish Roots and Old Testament Sources for Paul’s Teachings. Midrash Detective Publications, Kokomo, Indiana, 2014. In Vasicek’s second book, he again contends that the 2nd Century Church threw away the key to interpreting Scripture because of anti-Semitism. He asks, “What would the original recipients fluent in …

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