The Sacred Scriptures of the Early Church

The Sacred Scriptures of the Early Church

I struggled with the title, as this is almost entirely links, and the issues raised cover so much ground. I’m posting these particularly for my Romans study on Wednesday nights.

In both the current class and my previous series on Hebrews I maintained that the New Testament was not intended to set aside the Old, or the Hebrew scriptures. In fact, I refer to the idea that Hebrews is doing that is an author climbing out on a limb and then cutting it off behind himself.

On the Charisma Magazine web site Dr. Michael Brown responds to a video by Andy Stanley.

I would suggest listening to Andy Stanley and see if you can hear some of the approaches to the Old Testament I mentioned. Michael Brown provides what I consider a good response. I’m glad to note he sent Andy Stanley a copy of his critique (see Brown’s article), but I do not accept that they are not that far apart, as Stanley says. Note that the majority of the issues are in the first five minutes of the video, but I think it then pervades the rest in more subtle ways, then comes out more strongly at the end.

Anyone who has heard me teach will know my view on this.

Here are a couple of related books I publish.


2 thoughts on “The Sacred Scriptures of the Early Church

  1. “Come back, Marcion, all is forgiven”? I’ve heard the argument that “fulfilment” means “replacement” (especially as there is no way Jesus can be said to have fulfilled all prophecy in the Hebrew Scriptures) many times, and it always feels to me like newspeak, redefining an inconvenient word in order to have it mean pretty much the opposite of what it was intended to mean.

    I take your point about cutting off the branch you’re sitting on – Jesus can have no real authority without the Hebrew Scriptures being just as inspired as the NT ones. Though, in conscience, I am still not 100% sure that Paul didn’t cut off the branch he was sitting on sometimes…

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