Thursday, February 20, 2014

Scholars At Baylor University Views On The Rising of the Saints

David Garland, dean at Truett Seminary at Baylor University, [1] seems to confirm that the darkening of the sky, tearing of the veil, earthquake with the tombs opening, and the risen saints going into Jerusalem are literal historical events. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Possible Textual Issues With Matthew 27:52-53

John Nolland, NT scholar out of Trinity College Bristol[1] and Anglican chaplain, analyzes the textual criticism issues with Matthew 27:52-53.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wesley On Schisms Within The Church

      John Wesley on schisms within the Christian Church:

      If there be any word in the English tongue as ambiguous and indeterminate in its meaning as the word Church, it is one that is nearly allied to it,—the word Schism

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Is the Rising of the Saints in Matthew's Gospel a "Tall Tale" or a "Monomyth?"

Is it? I do not think so but others do. 

        Kenneth Waters expresses that the rising of the saints passage, “…is not history, nor is it presented as history.” [1] Also David Senior

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The First 750 Years

Good series on where different Church leaders from the end of the first century to around 750 A.D. stood on different verses in the Bible. 

Pittsburg Theological Seminary's Douglas R.A. Hare On Matthew 27:52-53

         Douglas R. A. Hare out of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary[1], does not directly indicate if the rising of the saints is a historical event.
         However, he does suggest that Matthew is focusing on this account as being a glimpse into what the general resurrection will be like. He writes that the, “…resurrecting of the saints, prefiguring the general resurrection, suggests that the death of Jesus has conquered death and prepared for the final victory of those who die in faith.”[2] Historically and theologically speaking he notes that, “…the temporal note of verse 53, ‘after his resurrection,’ is meant to prevent any misconception; Jesus will be the first to be raised from the dead. That is, Matthew does not mean to present the appearance of the saints as an event in the history of salvation but as a sign only.”[3] (emphasis original to author). It is not clear what he means here. Yet, Hare is at least recommending that Matthew’s intention is to concentrate on what is to come and not what did occur even if it did take place.


[2]Douglas R. A. Hare, Matthew, Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Louisville, KY: John Knox Press, 1993), 324.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Rising of the Saints: R.T. France's View

NT scholar and Anglican cleric, the late R.T. France, comes to swallow that the report in Matthew 27 about individuals that had passed away but rose after Jesus' death “has no parallel in the other gospel accounts” while at the same time “leaves plenty of unanswered questions for the historically-minded interpreter.”[1]