Recently Discovered Letter of Critique to the Apostle Paul – Justin Taylor and Jared Wilson
I’ve been following Justin Taylor’s blog over at The Gospel Coalition for a few years now. While at times I disagree with what is said, the majority of it has been highly encouraging and edifying. Recently he coauthored a piece with Jared Wilson, another great blogger and pastor. This piece…is brilliant.
Here’s the intro:
Exclusive: In an exciting example of scholarly cross-collaboration and interdisciplinary research, textual critics and archaeologists have just published a translation of a recently discovered first-century letter, apparently authentic, written to the Apostle Paul himself. Scholars believe it was likely written in the late AD 40s or early 50s. The parchment was remarkably well preserved in a jar buried in a cave on the island of Satiricus. It is surmised that the author of the letter, Parodios, was an elder who had met Paul on one of his missionary journeys.
And my absolute favorite part:
Similarly, we find your tone and resorting to harsh language not in keeping with the love of Christ. “Foolish Galatians.” “Let him be accursed.” “Emasculate themselves.” Really? Can you not hear yourself? You think this is Christlike? Does this sound like something our Lord would say? Do you think this flippant, outrageous, personal, vindictive manner of speech speaks well of God’s love or the church? It is clear you are taking this way too personally. Indeed, you ask the Galatians if you are now their enemy. Does everything have to be so black and white to you?
Beautiful satire. Well worth reading! And extremely encouraging to me in light of recent events…