I recently updated my publications page as a way of making my work easily available to any who might be interested in the topics addressed. I uploaded PDFs of my three peer-reviewed articles, which may be of interest to anyone working in these areas. Any feedback is appreciated.
- I argue here that Gal 2:15-21 should be interpreted in light of the Galatian situation, not the Antioch situation. This has particular relevance for the NPP, since reading Gal 2:16 in light of the Antioch incident is fundamental to the entire position. This paper was fun to write, and I hope to get some feedback on it in one form or another.
- I argue that John’s view of typology is that it is a form of prophecy. I believe he sees the prophecies in Isa 6:9-10; 53:1 as typological in that the rejection of Isaiah the prophet foreshadowed Jesus’ rejection. But John treats this fulfillment in the same he does other direct prophecies. There is also evidence within Isaiah that the Servant in Isa 53 is a prophetic figure, and is therefore the directly prophesied antitypical fulfillment of Isaiah’s own suffering. So typology is really a form of prophecy, at least for John. I hope to write a follow-up article arguing the same point from a passage in one of Peter’s epistles.
- Several scholars had discussed the purpose of this law — to protect women, to discourage divorce, etc. All the purposes are man-centered (anthropocentric .. I actually used that word; a bit pretentious in retrospect…). I argue that the purpose is explicitly stated in v. 4, to protect the land from defilement, and then weigh in on the rationale behind the law, which is what the other commentators were searching for, although they were calling it the “purpose.” I find that the rationale behind the law is the idea of corporate identity in the one-flesh union of marriage, and that, rather than supporting divorce and remarriage in this passage, Moses actually implicitly condemns it by referring to it as defiling. This is certainly a difficult passage, but one that I believe is important to deal with when pastorally counseling believers who want to follow God’s will in marriage.