Tag Archives: Luke

Comment on Understanding the Emotional Jesus: temple tantrums, name-calling and grieving by John MacDonald

By John MacDonald Interpreting Matthew’s Jesus in the light of stoicism seems to be more of a pseudo-scientific unfalsifiable theory rather than a genuine hermeneutic framework. Apparently recalcitrant evidence like that Jesus is a glutton and a drunkard (Matt. 11:16-19/Luke 7:31-35), his mean-spirited chastisement of the disciples (Matthew 17:14-17) , his …read more

Comment on Understanding the Emotional Jesus: temple tantrums, name-calling and grieving by John MacDonald

By John MacDonald Interpreting Matthew’s Jesus in the light of stoicism seems to be more of a pseudo-scientific unfalsifiable theory rather than a genuine hermeneutic framework. Apparently recalcitrant evidence like that Jesus is a glutton and a drunkard (Matt. 11:16-19/Luke 7:31-35), his mean-spirited chastisement of the disciples (Matthew 17:14-17) , his …read more

Fear not!

By jps Anxiety, as neuropsychologists today tell us, is toxic; our brains are wired to avoid anxiety. Anxiety corrupts the chemistry of the brain and leads us to depart (emotionally or physically) from the others to protect ourselves. Jesus’s words to his disciples “to fear not” (Luke 8:50 NRSV) become of utmost …read more

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