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According to Bart Ehrman, the Synoptic Gospels teach that the human Jesus was at some point ‘exalted’ to a divine status, but not that he was pre-existent.
But, responds New Testament scholar Simon Gathercole, this is to ignore the significant number of ‘I have come’ statements found on the lips of Jesus. Here are some of them:
And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.…
There are some strange things going on with numbers in the Bible – especially in the Old Testament.
How do we make sense of them?
The biblical use of numbers should be understood in the same sorts of ways that we should understand other parts of God’s ancient revelation: in its historical and cultural context. It is unreasonable to expect number to be used with anything like the degree of precision that we expect nowadays.…
The book of Proverbs has much to say about ‘the fool’ and his ways. The title does not belong to those of limited intelligence, but rather to those who choose and cultivate folly. Kidner: ‘the book has in mind a man’s chosen outlook, rather than his mental equipment.’ The fool returns to his folly as a dog returns to his own vomit (Prov 26:11).
In Proverbs, both wisdom (Prov 9:1-6) and folly (Prov 9:13-18) are personified as women inviting the young and impressionable to her banquet. …
Compared with some other books of the Old Testament, it is not quite so easy to find Jesus in the Proverbs. So writes David Murray, in Jesus On Every Page, pp175-186. [The substance of this section of his book can be found here]
But, since all Scripture witnesses to Christ, we will look for him, and expect to find him there. Of course, the witness of Proverbs to Jesus will be ‘temporary, provisional, preparatory, and prophetic’, because in Jesus himself, “A greater than Solomon is here.”
William Barclay (Daily Study Bible on Mark 15:5) writes:-
There is a time when silence is more eloquent than words, for silence can say things that words can never say.
(i) There is the silence of wondering admiration. It is a compliment for any performance or oration to be greeted with thunderous applause, but it is a still greater compliment for it to be greeted with a hushed silence which knows that applause would be out of place.…
Thom S. Raynor notes that leaders often fail to apologise properly for their failures and mistakes. They thereby sacrifice integrity and lose credibility.
Among the worst examples of nonapologies, Raynor suggests the following:-
Actually, I think I can top these. Recently, I purchased a motor vehicle and as soon as I collected it I noticed, and reported, that a piece of equipment was missing. The salesperson’s response? “Apologies if this was not something you noticed prior to sale…”! …
What the Exodus story means for us will depend to a large extent on our own point of view. John Goldingay discusses a number of ‘lenses’ through which Exodus has been, and continues to be, seen.
1. Pietism. The pietist ‘lens’ is concern with my personal relationship with God. Biblical stories then become ‘lessons’ or templates for how God deals with us today. In typical Goldingay fashion, however, there is a reluctance to affirm that the story of Moses and exodus prefigure God’s saving work in Christ. …