In Christian Archy, Dr. David Alan Black examines the New Testament to find the truly radical and all-encompassing claims of God's kingdom. In doing so, he discovers that the character of this kingdom is widely different from what is commonly contemplated today. Its glory is revealed only through suffering — a point that Jesus' disciples, then and now, have been slow to understand. This truth has tremendous implications for church life. The kingdom of God is in no way imperialistic. It has no political ambitions. It conquers not by force but by love. It is this humble characteristic of the kingdom that is a stumbling block to so many today. Christ's claim to our total allegiance is one we seek to avoid at all costs. But there is only one way to victory and peace, and that way is the way of the Lamb.
This is the first volume in the new Areopagus Critical Christian Issues Series from Energion Publications. We believe it is an appropriate way to begin that series by addressing this foundational question of who we are as part of the Christian church, and why it is important for us to immerse ourselves in God's word.
David Alan Black was born and raised in Hawaii. He received a BA in Biblical Studies from Biola University, studied at the Talbot School of Theology where he majored in New Testament Greek, and then received his Doctor of Theology degree from the University of Basel in 1983. He has taught New Testament Greek for over 30 years.
He has written or edited more than 20 books, including The Myth of Adolescence, Interpreting the New Testament, Its Still Greek to Me, Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek, Using New Testament Greek in Ministry, New Testament Textual Criticism, The Jesus Paradigm and Why Four Gospels? He has also published more than 100 scholarly articles in a variety of journals. He teaches at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He lives on a 123-acre working farm in southern Virginia and continues as a self-supporting missionary to Ethiopia and other countries as he is called by God.
Author Web Site: Dave Black Online
Though Markan priority is the dominant position still in Biblical scholarship, Dr. Black argues that this position is not based on the best evidence available, that the internal evidence is often given more weight than it deserves and alternative explanations are dismissed or ignored. If you would like an outline of the basis for accepting both early authorship of the gospels and the priority of Matthew, this book is for you.
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