Category Archives: Bible-Theology

Article in VT

My article on cultic centralization is now available on the VT website… Continue reading

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The Portrayal of the Nations in the Book of the Twelve

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.” Continue reading

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Christology in Second Temple Judaism

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 … Continue reading

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Allen on “Theological Babel”

“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 … Continue reading

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Papers from Seminary

I was rummaging (metaphorically) through my archives, and discovered some papers I wrote back in seminary. It is both humbling and fascinating to see what was of interest to me at that time.

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Altmann on the Limitations of Economic Analysis

“Ethics-related economics in the sense supported by Sen instead follows Aristotle (thus placing the discussion back in the Persian period!) in the concern for subordinating economics to the pursuit of the good of humankind. The difference lies in the purpose … Continue reading

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Sermon: Jesus and Hanukkah

Audio of a sermon delivered at First Presbyterian Church of Norristown, PA, entitled, “A Newer, Truer Hope.” Continue reading

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America Rejoices/Weeps in Utter Disbelief

A few scattered reactions to the election…

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On National Symbols

“Every nation develops symbols, such as national anthems, which unite it in a common purpose. These symbols are important and can enable a nation to flourish justly and wisely, drawing on its collective experience through the centuries. The danger is that sometimes these very symbols become idols designed to glorify the nation and justify its deeds whether right or wrong, or that the symbols themselves become substitutes for reality.” Continue reading

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How Did Judas Die?

My sister recently asked: I’m reading Acts 1:18 and it says that Judas bought the Field of Blood and burst open with his entrails. I thought he hung himself! She gave me permission to share my answer…

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