Sunday, January 30, 2011

Is new inclusive or exclusive, is ἐν incorporating

A thorough post on the use of the Septuagint in Ephesians here. I do not agree with the way the conclusions are expressed but perhaps it depends on how I read new in the phrase new Israel. Later in the post he expresses the incorporation image somewhat better.
the terms Χριστω and ηγαπημενος are used as incorporating (ἐν) terms. Regarding the former, N.T. Wright says, “I suggest, in other words, that Paul uses ‘Christ’ here as a shorthand way of referring to that unity and completeness, and mutual participation, which belongs to the church that is found ‘in Christ’, that is, in fact, the people of the Messiah” (Climax of the Covenant, 54; cf. 46).
John Hobbins has summarized posts from 2007 on the canon here. He has a nice open line:
God has left himself a reliable witness among the people he has called and gifted at various times and in various ways.
Jim Gordon liked the King's Speech for some beautifully expressed reasons.

Jim has heard rightly. John raises the question "Whether the scriptures are heard rightly, of course, is a separate question.".  When I read about careful argumentative reasoning, I wonder what is being heard. True though that many do not understand what I write. Understanding me is neither the problem nor the solution.

I am / we are in the realm that belongs to a discourse based on something other than precision or accuracy. There is meaning to be sure, but not one that improves on the good that is its foundation in knowledge in the holiness that is in God and that was demonstrated in the flesh in the death and resurrection of the anointed Jesus.

Christ as a shorthand is a nice idea. Thank you NTW.