Musings on Science and Theology

I have been reading through, leading a discussion class, and occasionally posting on Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels by Richard Hays. I am sure that no one will agree with every connection and echo of the Old Testament Hays finds in the Gospels (he often indicates that some are “faint” and possibly not in the intent of the author). Yet, the insights that come from these references and echoes can (and should) transform the way we approach the Gospels. The description of the identity and mission of Jesus is far deeper and richer than a surface reading reveals … layers of meaning. Biography, even ancient biography, as a genre, doesn’t do justice to the nature of these books. We have, for our benefit, sophisticated depictions of the life and mission of Jesus, grounded in the Old Testament story.

The Gospel of Luke sandwiches the story of Jesus between the…

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