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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

New Testament

jesus's death

The (Not So) Radical Idea of Jesus’s Death Atoning for the Sins of Others

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Ever wonder what it means for Jesus to die “for” others? Yeah, me too. I get how someone can take a bullet for his buddy, or pleading with the kidnappers […]

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old testament origins

Christians and the Old Testament: Don’t Expect Jesus to Solve Your Problems (Or Do; It Depends)

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

When Christians run up against interpretive challenges in the Old Testament–like killing Canaanites to take their land or the meaning of the Adam story vis-a-vis science–a common way of handling […]

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quiz

Who’s Up for A Little New Testament Quiz? (You are. Do it.)

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

We’re in finals week here at Eastern University, so I am in testing/grading mode. So here you go (all answers must be completed in the space provided): What do all […]

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Creative interpretation in the New Testament

What Permanently Screwed Me Up About the Bible (But It Turned Out Well)

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

The New Testament writers had a habit of saying things about the Old Testament that are not in the Old Testament but are in these creative, Jewish writings of the period.

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Paul's biblical interpretation

Paul: Well, Technically Speaking, He’s Not REALLY “Winging It”

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

What we might call a fast and loose use of the Old Testament was for Paul and his contemporaries a normal and expected approach to biblical interpretation—creatively connecting the past with the present.

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Paul New Testament Writer is Winging It

Paul: It Looks Like He’s Sort of Winging It

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Paul appeals to the Old Testament in order to support what is hardly an obvious notion to Jews at the time: that Jesus, a crucified and risen son of a working-class family, is the long-hoped for Jewish messiah and that Gentiles as Gentiles are full and equal partners along with Jews in this messianic age.

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