Because the list I wrote up last year was so popular, I have decided to continue this Christmas list tradition. As was the case last year, I will include a few of my favorite books related to scripture and/or theology along with their corresponding interviews that I conducted during this past year. As the host of The Mormon Book Review, I have the unique opportunity of reviewing a number of books in realm of Mormon Studies. I will include my top 5 of 2013 here (in no particular order). Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by kirkcaudle on December 9, 2013
Posted by Robert C. on August 23, 2013
(This is the final post for this reading group project. I have updated the index page of all the posts for this project here. Thanks, everyone, for a great ride, and thanks especially to Jim for writing a great book, and giving us the excuse to delve deeper into Paul’s letter!)
In what follows below, I’ll first offer some meta reflections on Jim’s book as a whole (and in the process I’ll give an apology/explanation for the lateness of this final post). Then I’ll group my comments around three topics that summarize this final reading and provide an occasion for me to reflect on several of the themes that stand out to me from Jim’s book as a whole, as well as his writings more generally. The three thematic topics I’ll address are suffering, joy, and universality. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on July 11, 2013
I’m going to discuss this week’s reading by addressing two major, interrelated themes. First, I’ll discuss weakness and the redemptive manner that weakness is treated in the Gospel. Second, I’ll discuss the plan or purpose of the Gospel and the manner in which our existence can be understood as teleological. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by joespencer on July 1, 2013
This will be my last post to contribute to the project, so I’ll take a moment to say my thanks to Robert for organizing it. It’s been most worthwhile, and I’ve learned a great deal. I hope we can have more similarly successful reading groups here at Feast. It’s something we’ve tried several times without success. But this has been encouraging and insightful.
Okay, on to what Jim has to say about Romans 8:12-25. To put all my cards on the table, I’ve been looking forward to this part of the book for a long time. I’m in the thick of writing (when I’ve got time!) a book on hope, the first half or so of which is dedicated to a study of what Paul says about hope in Romans 1, 4, 5, and 8. I’ve benefited from Jim’s readings of Romans 1 and 5 (as well, though less obviously so, from his summary of Romans 4). I hoped to glean more still about hope in his reading of Romans 8. I could say that I’ve been disappointed, but it’d be unfair. Jim’s beginning from different presuppositions and different concerns that I was. That he says as little as he does about hope here is probably to be expected, given his focus on what it means to live the life of holiness.
So let me set my own obsessions aside and say a few things about what Jim does say on this part of Romans 8. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on June 27, 2013
This week I’ll just provide a list of the highlights I took from my reading, basically in the order they occur in the reading (also, the discussions get progressively shorter, as I was running out of time…). I came up with a list of 9 points, so I’m counting on you readers to help me come up with a 10th point, since a “Top 9 List” doesn’t quit sound right. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by kirkcaudle on April 24, 2013
The following notes come from Cheryl McGuire:
After spending 181 pages (actually160 pages plus the Introduction) Jim gives us a transition from Chapter 1 to Chapter 5, outlining Chapters 2, 3, and 4 much more briefly.
Jim reminds us that the thesis of the letter to the Romans is found in 1:17. However, I think we should encompass all of verses 16-17. Using Jim’s translation (and which uses the word trust in place of faith) we read:
Posted by kirkcaudle on April 4, 2013
The section that I will be dealing with in this post is pages 111-138, Romans 1:16-17. The following are Jim’s translation (first) and the KJV translation (second) of these verses:
(16)I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is God’s power to bring salvation for all those who thrust, both to the Jew first and to the Greek. (17) For God’s justice is revealed in it by means of trust to those who trust, even as it has been written, “And the just will live by trust.”
(16) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (17) For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by kirkcaudle on March 6, 2013
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One thing that I really appreciate that Jim does in this book is that he includes the actual text that he is working with. He provides both the KJV and his own translation. One thing that I suggest when reading the Bible is to reference alternative translations. I know that some of us can read Konie Greek, but I recognize that the vast majority of people cannot. Therefore, consulting alternative translations (especially for difficult verses) can be an excellent resource for one’s own study.
I will be dealing with pages 21-46 in this post, which encompasses Romans 1:1. Yep, that’s it…one verse. With Jim’s help, I will attempt to provide a few thoughts on this opening verse of the book. Jim spends 15 pages on this one verse. I, however, will spend nowhere near that much time in this post! I will assume that most of the people reading these notes will have easy access to a KJV. Because of this, the verse that I quote below will come from Jim’s own translation. I suggest comparing it will others that you find.
Posted by Robert C. on March 1, 2013
(See the introductory post to this series here.)
In the introduction, Jim first addresses some helpful background issues pertaining to the to Romans (pp. 1-6); then he discusses the structure and over-arching message of Romans (pp. 7-10); then he touches on some substantive thematic issues (pp. 11-20). I’ll first offer a quick summary with some thoughts on these first two sections. Then, I’ll discuss the substantive issues Jim raises, focusing first on faith and works, then on covenant. Finally, I’ll add a couple other thoughts about my own interest in these themes, and some other themes like universalism. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by joespencer on March 1, 2013
If you’re not yet aware, go take a look at the Church’s announcement of a 2013 edition of the LDS scriptures. The new edition is already available online and will be available in print in August. Changes are in many ways minimal, but significant often enough. Following links from the announcement page, you’ll be able to find a full account of all changes made. Here, though, are some of the highlights: Read the rest of this entry »