I realized the other day that I never did a “Best of 2016” post for THTW. So, here are the Top Nine posts of last year. Better late than never… Continue reading
My article on cultic centralization is now available on the VT website, and will be published in the next print edition:
Benjamin D. Giffone, “According to Which ‘Law of Moses’? Cult Centralization in Samuel, Kings and Chronicles,” Vetus Testamentum 67 (2017): 1-16.
I am especially grateful to Louis Jonker, Gary Schnittjer, and many participants
in the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (Atlanta;
November 2015) for their constructive comments on this essay. My research is
generously supported by the resources of Stellenbosch University.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! Continue reading
This is a paper I wrote for an independent study with Fred Putnam on the OT Prophets in the Fall of 2009, entitled, “The Roles of the Gentiles in the Book of the Twelve.” Enjoy! Continue reading
“In modern times a rift has opened up between being a pastor and being a theologian, as if a person could be one without the other. While I recognize the danger of generalization, I detect today both a lack of confidence among pastors in the efficacy of Word and sacraments to effect healing and blessing and a failure among theologians to present the gospel in a manner that allows pastors to discern directly the pastoral power of the Word of God. Pastoral work is concerned always with the gospel of God’s redemption in, through, and as Jesus Christ, no matter the presenting problem that someone brings. Pastoral work by definition connects the gospel story, that is, the truths and realities of God’s saving economy, with the actual lives and situations of the people. In other words, pastoral work is at all points guided by biblical and theological perspectives, and these biblical and theological perspectives, properly rooted in the gospel of salvation, are discovered to be inherently pastoral.”
Andrew Purves, Reconstructing Pastoral Theology: A Christological Foundation (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004), xxix-xxx.
This is a paper I wrote in 2009 for a seminary course on Pauline Theology, entitled, “Christology in Second Temple Judaism.” I hope it is informative, but also a bit of a window into my thinking and interests eight years ago as a seminarian. Continue reading
“The great spiritual theologians such a Evagrius of Pontus, Gregory of Nyssa and Maximus the Confessor are ignored by most theologians and pastors. Have we utterly lost them, and many others, because of the rise in modern times of a secular mind that makes them appear old-fashioned? Has the progressive emergence of world culture made them seem provincial? Actually, it is not modern developments that have led us to discard a great deal of our heritage, but church teachings themselves.. It was my theological, not my secular, education that limited me so. I was taught a great deal about the sources used by writers of the Bible, for example—so much that I was afraid to rely on any verse because if I looked around, I expected to find some scholar or other who would say that it was a later addition, with the implication that it could not be relied upon. Both biblical study and theology were cluttered with so many options and so many issues that conversation in the seminary and other academic gatherings resembled the plight of people after the disaster of the tower of Babel rather than the deep communion brought by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.”
Diogenes Allen, Spiritual Theology: The Theology of Yesterday for Spiritual Help Today (Lanham, MD: Cowley Publications, 1997), 4.