Todd Scacewater

Todd Scacewater

Todd (PhD, Hermeneutics) is a pastor and Research Fellow in Christian social ethics.

My Recently Published Articles

I recently updated my publications page as a way of making my work easily available to any who might be interested in the topics addressed.  I uploaded PDFs of my three peer-reviewed articles, which may be of interest to anyone working in these areas. Any feedback is appreciated. Scacewater, Todd. “Galatians 2:11-21 and the Interpretive Context of ‘Works of the Law’.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 56 (2013), 307-23. I argue here that Gal 2:15-21 should be interpreted in…

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Articles on Martin Hengel’s Life and Work

I found this paragraph in a post by Wayne Coppins: For further reflections on Martin Hengel’s life and work, see esp. my translation of his essay “A Young Theological Discipline in Crisis” in Earliest Christian History (cf. e.g., Larry Hurtado 1 and Michael Bird) and Roland Deines’ heavily documented essay in this same volume. See also e.g. Roland Deines, John Dickson, Larry Hurtado 2, David Neff, Daniel B. Wallace, and The Telegraph. Check these out, especially the ones with personal stories about students and professors dining with Hengel at his home, which I…

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Science vs. Religion Debate: Craig, Plantinga, Gale, Smith

Check out here a debate on the relationship between science and religion between the following participants: Christian debater (1): William Lane CraigChristian debater (2): Alvin C. PlantingaAtheist debater (1): Richard M. GaleAtheist debater (2): Quentin P. Smith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXWTr0QjCoM#t=3044 The arguments they bring up aren’t groundbreaking, but it was at least entertaining to see Craig and Plantinga team up in a debate. I will note that Smith’s argument that (1) there is no “first moment” of the universe and therefore (2)…

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Hafemann’s Review of Beale’s NT Biblical Theology

Scott Hafemann reviewed G. K. Beale’s NT Biblical Theology at least year’s annual ETS conference. Beale has recorded some replies to Hafemann’s concerns. Here, I provide a summary of Hafemann’s critiques and Beale’s replies, as well as an evaluation of the discussion. Hafemann first objects to Beale’s method of reading the OT in light of its “transformed” fulfillment in the NT, citing Beale’s agreement with Hays’ theory of creative transformation of meaning in light of Christ’s fulfillment. He also suggests…

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D. Wallace’s Plan for Reading Gk. NT in 1 Year

Daniel Wallace has provided students a 1 year plan for reading through the Greek NT in 1 year. He orders the reading plan from easiest (John) to most difficult (Hebrews) and recommends reading three chapters a day, one being a new chapter and the other two being review (see his longer explanation). He has grouped them in segments of 6-10 chapters, so that if you tackled one segment a day you would finish the entire plan in a month, a…

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Carson’s 7 Elements of NT Theology

The variety of views on biblical theology current in the academy are interesting, perplexing, and at times daunting. Finding the most faithful methodology for reading Scripture as both historical and theological is perhaps one of the most pressing Christian academic pursuits today. D. A. Carson’s article on NT Theology lists seven elements that he believes are essential for NT Theology.[1] Seven Elements 1) Theology cannot be left out (contra Baur), nor can it be divorced from history (contra Bultmann). 2)…

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Preaching Syllabus for Hebrews

Hebrews is rarely preached. It is considered impractical due to its heavy use of the OT, frequent quotations, and first-century argumentation and subject matter. I, however, believe it is perhaps the most practical book in the NT, since it addresses the dire situation of imminent apostasy, which is a perpetual concern for the church. More preaching of Hebrews would facilitate greater stability and perseverance in the faith. That is why I am providing here a syllabus for preparing to preach or teach Hebrews….

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Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures, by Herman N. Ridderbos

This book is a classic and deserves to be read still today for the topics of canon, apostleship, authority, and redemptive history. Ridderbos, writing during a time dominated by existentialist interpretation, subjectivist hermeneutics, and canonical turmoil sought to establish a connection between the NT Scriptures and redemptive history. General historical investigation….

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Discourse Analysis of Biblical Literature, ed. by Walter Bodine

Walter Bodine opens the work with an essay on a brief history of discourse analysis and why biblical scholars should be interested in it. In conclusion, Bodine says the “purpose of the volume is to encourage biblical scholars to join in welcoming into their circle this now established and rapidly growing field (11).

In chapter 1, Robert Longacre examines Exodus 25:1-30:10 with the intention to “delineate clearly instruction as a discourse type and to present in some detail the structure and discourse-effectiveness of this passage” (23). He examines both the macrostructure of each section, as well as microstructures within each section, explains the discourse features of the Hebrew….

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