Parable of the Prodigal Son: Arland Hultgren

This post is part of our ongoing series examining interpretations of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Arland J. Hultgren’s interpretation of the Parable of the Prodigal Son found in The Parables of Jesus offers a commentary style interpretation that will function within this paper as an example of several facets of the “traditional” ChristianContinue reading “Parable of the Prodigal Son: Arland Hultgren”

Parable of the Prodigal Son: Introduction

The parables of Jesus have long been perceived by Christians and scholars alike as instances of impressive theological reflection and noteworthiness within the writings of the Church for their simplicity, depth, and history of diverse interpretation. Building upon a long scholastic history of reading and interpreting the parables of Jesus found within the synoptic textsContinue reading “Parable of the Prodigal Son: Introduction”

Cultural Differences and Biblical Interpretation

One of the biggest challenges for those studying the Bible involves reading and interpreting the scriptures in a manner consistent with their original context. Modern readers are distanced from the earliest written messages of the Christian tradition not only by time and space, but also by key cultural differences. In their book Understanding the SocialContinue reading “Cultural Differences and Biblical Interpretation”

On Approaching Difficult Bible Passages

Nothing can be more frustrating (or worrisome) as reading something in the Bible and a) not understanding what is going on or b) finding some sort of apparent contradiction in the text. Below are some suggestions on how to best to approach and make sense of these difficult passages. 1. Context is key. Before tryingContinue reading “On Approaching Difficult Bible Passages”

Head Coverings in Corinth: Conclusions

This is the final post in our series on Head Coverings in Corinth. In this series we have examined interpretations of First Corinthians 11.2-16 by three notable New Testament scholars, Richard B. Hays, Richard A. Horsley, and Dale B. Martin. To briefly summarize their respective interpretations and understandings of Paul’s views of the human body,Continue reading “Head Coverings in Corinth: Conclusions”

Head Coverings in Corinth: Comparing Interpretations

This post is part of our ongoing series on Head Coverings in Corinth. Having examined the respective perspectives of Hays, Horsley, and Martin, we now place their understandings of Pauline conceptions of the body in conversation with each other. First, we note the importance of the reconstructed socio-historical context for each of the scholar’s respectiveContinue reading “Head Coverings in Corinth: Comparing Interpretations”

The Polluted Body: Dale B. Martin

This post is part of our ongoing series on Head Coverings in Corinth. Our third perspective on Head Coverings in Corinth comes from Dale B. Martin in his work The Corinthian Body, which examines the constructions of body and sexuality within Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth. Here we will examine the contextualContinue reading “The Polluted Body: Dale B. Martin”

The Ordered Body: Richard A. Horsley

This post is part of our ongoing series on Head Coverings in Corinth. Today we turn to Richard A. Horsley’s perspective as found in I Corinthians (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries). Upon examining Horsley’s contextual concerns, his interpretation of First Corinthians 11.2-16, and the conceptions of the human body within that passage, we will note thatContinue reading “The Ordered Body: Richard A. Horsley”

The Socially Gendered Body: Richard B. Hays

This post is part of our ongoing series on Head Coverings in Corinth. We begin with Richard B. Hays’ perspective found in First Corinthians: An Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. As we examine the context, his interpretation of First Corinthians 11.2-16, and the conceptions of body that come from this passage, weContinue reading “The Socially Gendered Body: Richard B. Hays”

Head Coverings in Corinth

The next two weeks Pursuing Veritas is running a series on contemporary scholar’s perspectives on Head Coverings in Corinth. This series is based on a paper written for a graduate seminar at Wake Forest University that focused on topics surrounding the human body and sexuality in Early Christianity. The topic of head coverings is oftenContinue reading “Head Coverings in Corinth”