Ephesians

Ephesians is a unique book of the Bible with a unique contribution to make to our understanding of the gospel. No other New Testament book was written with its primary purpose being to answer the question: How ought a Jesus-believer conduct himself? How should we who believe in Jesus behave? Directed to a mostly Gentile audience, it has a very distinctive flavor and a distinctive set of emphases.

Jack Crabtree is currently teaching through this book at Reformation Fellowship in Eugene, Oregon. Sound Interpretation Project will post a link to each new talk in the series as the audio file becomes available. 

To access the first talk in the series, click on the following title: 

Ephesians: Preliminary Concerns (audio file)

Jack will also be supplying his own English translation of Ephesians in installments throughout the series.

To access the first installment of his translation of Ephesians, the translation from which he is teaching, click the following title: 

Ephesians, First Installment of JAC’s English Translation

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Faith versus Works: The Role of the Law in the Life of a Jesus-Believer

Audio Files on Toward a Biblical Philosophy by John A. “Jack” Crabtree

No issue discussed in the New Testament gets more time, energy, and attention than what relationship a believer in Jesus ought to have to the Law of Moses. And, indeed, no issue is more important. Unfortunately, the perspective held by many modern Christians is governed by slogans, formulas, and prejudices rather than a careful analysis of the biblical perspective. Arguably, to master how the biblical authors would approach this question is to master an understanding of the gospel itself. The biblical perspective on this question is much more nuanced than most Christians appreciate. In the latest section of notes that Jack Crabtree is writing for his manuscript, Toward a Biblical Philosophy, Jack attempts to analyze the biblical teaching on this subject in all of its complexity.

Biblical scholar, Earle Craig, has created a series of recorded audio files where he and Jack Crabtree are discussing Jack’s notes in Toward a Biblical Philosophy. In these audio files, Jack reads through his notes, elaborates on them, and converses with Earle about their substance.

The issue being discussed in their most recent audio files is the role of the Law in the life of a believer, and faith versus works generally. Their discussions of this issue can be found beginning with recording session #57 under “Toward A Biblical Philosophy—The Document and 62 Audio Files” on the BiblicalPhilosophers web site. Note that you can download a pdf file of the written notes being discussed by clicking the second “View Document” button listed there.

Click here to be directed to the portion of the BiblicalPhilosophers web site where the document and audio files can be found.

Recording session #57.

Download pdf file by clicking the appropriate View Document button.

 

SIP Offers Free Copy of “Most Real Being”

The Most Real Being: A Biblical and Philosophical Defense of Divine Determinism

by John A. “Jack” Crabtree

In 2004, Jack Crabtree published a book entitled The Most Real Being: A Biblical and Philosophical Defense of Divine Determinism. In that book he advanced the perspective that God is the ultimate cause of literally every aspect of everything that exists and of everything that occurs—a perspective he called “divine determinism.” We believe it is an important book. Anyone who is serious about understanding the God of the Bible must—one way or the other—come to terms with the position advanced in his book.

Sound Interpretation Project has just taken possession of the hardback copies that remain of this book. For as long as copies remain, we would like to make a copy of it available to you at no charge, for just the cost of shipping it to you. We only ask that you request a copy only if you have serious intentions to read the book.

To request a hardback copy of The Most Real Being, send us an email at the following email address: soundinterp@gmail.com

Indicate that you would like to receive a copy of The Most Real Being and include your name, shipping address, and email address. Once we have determined the exact shipping costs, we will notify you by email of the amount and give you instructions for how to pay us.

This offer will not be practical for everyone. If you reside in a part of the world where the shipping costs would be prohibitive, there is another option available to you. There is a reasonably accurate reproduction of the book in a pdf file format that can be found at the Biblical Philosophers website. Just click on the title below to download a more or less accurate facsimile of The Most Real Being

> > >      The Most Real Being     (facsimile in pdf file format)

Is this book worth getting? Here is how Jack himself responded to the question: “Should everyone read your book?”

That is very difficult to answer. On the one hand, The Most Real Being is not a good book; that is, it is not a “good read.” It is difficult, and probably tedious at times. It is more like reading a textbook than anything else. But it is not written to be enjoyable to read. It is written to be as clear and thorough as possible. So, while it is not “well-written,” I hope it is well-argued. And, while it is not a “good” book, I think it is an extremely important book. 

The Most Real Being advocates for a revolution in the way we understand the relationship between God and the reality we inhabit. The revolution in my thinking that led to (and was worked out during) the writing of The Most Real Being has affected everything I know, understand, and believe from the Bible. My understanding of what the Bible teaches has been completely transformed by this new and different understanding of who God is. 

I was not the least bit open to divine determinism (the position I defended in my book) until my attempts to understand the message and worldview of the Bible forced me to finally consider it as an option. Once forced to consider it, I became intent on convincing myself—one way or the other—whether divine determinism was reasonable or unreasonable, whether it was biblical or unbiblical, whether it was true or false. In the end, I became convinced that it was reasonable, biblical, and true. But it was utterly revolutionary. It involved an entirely different paradigm for understanding who God is and the exact nature of his relationship to created reality. He is not the God that Christians have always taken him to be. And his relationship to reality is not what Christians have always assumed. It took me several years working within the new paradigm before I was comfortable with it. It was so very different, so very unfamiliar. Since publishing The Most Real Being, I have continued to discover how far-reaching the implications of this new paradigm really are. It affects everything that theology explores.

If the view of God that I advance in my book is right, then all of Christian theology—in every nook and cranny of every tradition—is off kilter, because Christian theology, traditionally and typically, is set on the wrong foundation. It believes in and studies the wrong God. It is pursuing a God of its own creation, not the God of the Bible. Obviously this is very important. For, if I am right, traditional Christianity has many things wrong and is desperately in need of repair. 

When I first published The Most Real Being, most Christians were not ready to consider the possibility that I might be right. The required paradigm shift was too extreme for them to even consider. Things have changed in the ensuing years. I have heard other voices beginning to entertain perspectives closer to the one I advocated in my book. Perhaps, today, Christians are becoming more open and receptive to rethinking exactly who God is. 

MISCELLANEOUS ISSUES

Does Paul Forbid Women from Teaching?

by John A. “Jack” Crabtree

One of the more difficult interpretive challenges in the New Testament is how one should understand Paul’s statement in 1 Timothy 2:12 which reads (in the NAS translation),  “I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man… .” In this two-talk series (delivered to Reformation Fellowship on December 3 and December 10, 2017 in Eugene, Oregon), Jack Crabtree takes a fresh look at 1 Timothy 2:1–15 in the light of his recent studies in the opening chapters of Genesis. He argues that, contrary to the apparent meaning of Paul’s statement as rendered by our English translations, Paul is not saying (in 1 Timothy 2:12) that he does not allow a woman to teach. To download the audio files of these two talks, click the title for each talk below:

• > >  Does Paul Forbid Woman from Teaching? — Part One (Genesis 2–3)

• > >  Does Paul Forbid Woman from Teaching? — Part Two (1 Timothy 2)

Click HERE for the handout that accompanies Part Two above. The handout is the Greek text and a translation of 1 Timothy 2:11–3:1a with some accompanying notes.

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Why Tell It On the Mountain?

by John A. “Jack” Crabtree

Here is a brief Christmas message by Jack Crabtree entitled “Why Tell It On the Mountain?” It was delivered to Reformation Fellowship in Eugene, Oregon on December 17, 2017. In this brief message he summaries the significance of Jesus to our lives, describing what one will need to understand in order to find joy in Jesus’ birth. To download the message, click on the title below.

• > >  Christmas message: “Why Tell It On the Mountain?