In “Peter’s synonym for Gehenna,” Jefferson Vann explains how Peter, Paul, and the other apostles described the ultimate fate of the lost.You know that passage in the Bible where the apostle Peter confronts Simon the sorcerer and tells him “May your silver perish with you”? He didn’t actually say that. What he said was much more interesting.But first – a little … [Read more...]
Articles in this category reflect on the theological subjects as treated systematically in the biblical texts. Theological subjects treat the questions asked and the answers given to those questions by people throughout all ages.
In “Stephen’s murder,” Jefferson Vann shares some notes on his translation of Acts 7:55-8:2. The text serves as a case study of Luke’s use of metaphors for death and murder. It shows that the theology of Acts is thoroughly conditionalist, with no trace of traditional dualism.My independent translation project continues, and this morning I found myself in the last part of … [Read more...]
The creation account in Genesis is foundational to the understanding of Biblical anthropology. God is the creator of all that we experience as humans, and we are his creation. While there may be some topics in the Bible that demand that we take into account the possibility of progressive revelation, Biblical anthropology seems to remain constant and consistent throughout the … [Read more...]
In “two case studies – the meaning of ἀπόλλυμι in Acts” Jefferson Vann shows that the word expressing the fate of the wicked properly means “to be destroyed.”Seven years ago, Tarnya wrote a small article in which she contrasted two theological opinions on the meaning of the Greek word ἀπόλλυμι (apollumi).She quoted Bill Mounce as arguing that the word can mean … [Read more...]
In “expiration date,” Jefferson Vann explains why the death of Ananias and Sapphira was a real death, not simply the departure of their “immortal souls.”I have a routine that I like to follow every morning. Part of that routine is writing a short devotional thought, and posting in online (https://marmsky.com/). After I do that, I usually go back to the scriptures, and … [Read more...]