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Paul’s “Spiritual Body” and Ezekiel 37

Consider a possible echo of Scripture in a letter of Paul, namely, Ezekiel 37:1-14 in 1 Corinthians 15:35-49. This connection occurred to me in my recent wrestling with Troels Engberg-Pedersen’s Cosmology and Self in Paul, which prompted me to ask, “If it’s not … Continue reading

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Genesis 3 as Psycho-Drama

Augustine famously argued that the “fall narrative” of Genesis 3, while depicting a real historical event, was also a figure of the rational soul’s disordered relation, through the imagination, to the sensible world. The story depicts how reason (Adam) is seduced … Continue reading

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Torah-observant Abraham?

There’s a surprising comment in Genesis 26, in which the LORD assures Isaac that he will bless him, “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments (mitzvot), my statutes (chuqot), and my laws (torot)” (26:5). This … Continue reading

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Augustine on the Angels’ Creation

In City of God 11.9, Augustine considers the creation of the angels, or rather, Scripture’s relative lack of attention to it. Genesis doesn’t mention the creation of the angels explicitly, but since Genesis purports to be comprehensive (“created the heavens and the earth,” “rested … Continue reading

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Anti-Adamic Job

Protesting his innocence before God and men, Job distinguishes himself from Adam (the first and only mention of the person Adam in the OT outside of Genesis 1-5): “If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my … Continue reading

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Abrahamic Promise

In the Benedictus, Zechariah joyfully recalls “the oath which [the LORD] sware to our father Abraham” (Lk 1:73). What is this oath? Readers of the NT who spend a lot of time with Paul will immediately think of “the promise, … Continue reading

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The “Integral State” and Evolution

A stray thought inspired by TJ White’s reflections on “pure nature.” For Thomas, the human is created in a state of grace, granted “original righteousness” that elevates his capacities above what his nature alone would admit. the sin of our first … Continue reading

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