Happy New Year

by dmwestfall6

Happy New Year, everyone! I thought I’d take this chance to give an update on plans for the blog in the near future. Now that I’ve had a semester to get settled into my program and get a sense of what a normal daily schedule should look like for me, I’ve allotted a bit of time weekly for blogging, so hopefully posts will become a bit more frequent. In terms of what I’ll be doing, most immediately I’ll be continuing to look at Martin Hengel’s book, Crucifixion. After this, there are a few directions I could take. For one, I do want (as one commenter asked in an earlier post) to spend some time with Michael Gorman’s recent book, The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant, mainly because I think Gorman puts forward just the methodology we need for talking about the atonement—and then mysteriously fails actually to employ it! At any rate, I’d still highly recommend his book (which isn’t too expensive, especially on kindle) to anyone interested in this topic. Other than that, I might try to bring together some of the research I’ve been doing over the past semester, which has consisted mainly in a review of literature about ‘substitution’ and ‘participation’ in Paul. If you find these topics as interesting as I do, feel free to ‘subscribe’ via email at the bottom of the page, and to share this blog with anyone else you know who might be interested.

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A collect for Christmas:

Almighty God, who wonderfully created us in your own image and yet more wonderfully restored us through your Son Jesus Christ: grant that, as he came to share our humanity, so we may share the life of his divinity; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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