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Aug 28, 2016


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A peer-reviewed, weekly, open-access journal, now in its seventeenth year.

Volume 17 Number 35


 Weekly Bible Commentary

Studies.gif (2544 bytes)Written each week by our publisher and editor, Dr. John W. (Jack) Carter, these are original expository commentaries that may be used for individual study or small-group discussion.  You may receive these commentaries in your Email free by clicking on the "Subscribe" button.  Visit the Archives.

  Click on the Bible icon or the link below for a printer-friendly version of this week's commentary:  
 1 Samuel 30:1-31. 
 Receiving the Providence of God

 Theological Research

Peer-reviewed research articles that explore many of the doctrines and issues concerning Biblical theology.  New papers published weekly.  You may contact the author by clicking on the author's name.  Visit the Archives.


17(35) The Problem of Prosperity Preaching in the Light of Matthew 26:6-13.  A Ukoma, A Naachi, O Eseni.  


17(34) Unholy Compromise.   J. Skeen


17(33) The Missiological Implications of Jael's Role in Israel-Canaan Battle for Contemporary Christian Women   D. Akintola


17(32) Thomas Traherne: A Viewpoint for Our Time   J. Skeen


17(31) The Legitimacy of Typological Interpretation of the Scriptures   P. deVries


17(30) The Emerging Church: from Mission to 'Missional'   W. Wade


17(29) An Aesthetic Analysis and Theological Reflection on Marian Art: An Interpretive Perspective   R. Porter


17(28) Extaticism in Israel: Prophetic Tradition and African Pentecostal Movement.   Olagungu, O.


17(27) Life Balance:  The Need for Blessedness in Our Lives   J. Skeen

 Book of the Month, August 2016

Mark D. Owens.  As it Was in the Beginning: and Intertextual Analysis of New Creation in Galatians, 2 Corinthians, and Ephesians   James C. Clark & Company.  209 Pages.  ISBN: 9780227176016

The meaning of Paul’s comments about the new creation in 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 6:15 has long been obscured. Debate has raged for years, with some arguing that the phrase “new creation” solely refers to the inward transformation believers have experienced through faith in Jesus Christ, and others that this phrase should be understood cosmologically and linked with Isaiah’s “new heavens and new earth”. Still more advocate an ecclesiological interpretation of this phrase that centres Paul in the new community formed around Jesus Christ. In As It Was in the Beginning , Mark Owens argues that the concept of “new creation” should be understood within the realm of Paul’s anthropology, cosmology, and ecclesiology. Paul’s understanding of new creation belongs within an Urzeit-Endzeit typological framework, especially within 2 Corinthians 5-6 and Ephesians 1-2. Owens’s reading of “new creation” gives due weight to the use of Isaianic traditions in Paul’s letters, and demonstrates that the vision of new creation in 2 Corinthians and Galatians is in striking harmony with that of Ephesians.  $37.00 from


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