How to Approach Difficult Bible Passages

As a teacher, I am regularly asked about Bible passages and the theology they convey. Sometimes the questions are straightforward; other times, not so much. Some time back, for example, as I was innocently trying to lead our community group through Romans 8:18-30, I was asked how to interpret verses 29-30 in light of thatContinue reading “How to Approach Difficult Bible Passages”

Ep26: Which Bible Should Christians Read?

In this episode of the Church Debates series, we look at the history of the Bible, textual criticism, and Bible translation as we think about the question, which Bible should Christians read?

SSP: A Comparison of Patrician Scripture Registers

This post is the final contribution to the series on the Scriptures of Saint Patrick of Ireland. As Fraz Stuhlhofer notes, one important aspect of considering scriptural citations in early Christian literature is to consult the findings of previous studies, especially those involving scripture registers. Accordingly, I have offered a summary of the major scriptureContinue reading “SSP: A Comparison of Patrician Scripture Registers”

The Scriptures of Saint Patrick: Bibliography

This post is part of an ongoing series on the Scriptures of Saint Patrick of Ireland. Aland, Kurt and Barbara Aland. The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism, Second Edition. Translated by Erroll F. Rhodes. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989. Bieler,Continue reading “The Scriptures of Saint Patrick: Bibliography”

The Scriptures of Saint Patrick: Conclusions

This post is part of an ongoing series on the Scriptures of Saint Patrick of Ireland. This (lengthy) study has argued that a contextualized approach to the historical Patrick requires extensive study of his Biblical text. To these ends this study has examined the context, influence, and shape of the Biblical text in Patrick’s Confessio.

SSP: Findings on the Form of Patrick’s Bible

This post is part of an ongoing series on the Scriptures of Saint Patrick of Ireland. Before summarizing the findings of this comparison, I must note the necessarily tentative nature of the following conclusions and the need for additional comparative work on this topic. This study has examined but six examples of Patrick’s work; givenContinue reading “SSP: Findings on the Form of Patrick’s Bible”

SSP: Confessio 55 and Psalm 54

This post is part of an ongoing series on the Scriptures of Saint Patrick of Ireland. Confessio 55 & Psalm 54:22   Patrick O’Loughlin (168) ‘Cast your burden on God, and he will sustain you.’   Bieler (88) & Conneely (48) Jacta cogitatum tuum in Deum et ipse te enutriet. Psalm 54:22      Continue reading “SSP: Confessio 55 and Psalm 54”

SSP: Confessio 40 and Matthew 28

This post is part of an ongoing series on the Scriptures of Saint Patrick of Ireland. Confessio 40 & Matthew 28:19-20   Patrick O’Loughlin (161) ‘Go therefore,’ now, ‘and teach all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe allContinue reading “SSP: Confessio 40 and Matthew 28”

SSP: Confessio 25 and Romans 8

This post is part of an ongoing series on the Scriptures of Saint Patrick of Ireland. Confessio 25 & Romans 8:26   Patrick O’Loughlin (154) ‘Likewise the Spirit helps the weakness of our prayers; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with ineffable sighsContinue reading “SSP: Confessio 25 and Romans 8”

SSP: Confessio 11 and Isaiah 32

This post is part of an ongoing series on the Scriptures of Saint Patrick of Ireland. Confessio 11 & Isaiah 32:4   Patrick O’Loughlin (147) ‘The tongue of the stammerers will learn quickly to speak peace.’   Bieler (63) & Conneely (32) Linguae balbutientes velociter discent loqui pacem. Isaiah 32:4       Vulgate linguaContinue reading “SSP: Confessio 11 and Isaiah 32”