“Rulers of this Age” as part of an Interpolation into 1 Corinthians

This post questions the authenticity of the section in Paul’s writings where we read that “rulers of this age” crucified “the Lord of glory” followed by a passage said to be a citation of Scripture but that appears only elsewhere in the Ascension of Isaiah. The arguments for interpolation are derived from William O. Walker … Continue reading ““Rulers of this Age” as part of an Interpolation into 1 Corinthians”


Paul’s “Rulers of this Age” — Conclusion (Part ?)

Is this really the concluding post? No doubt I will find more reasons over time to add to the arguments. Earlier posts in this series: Are the “Rulers of the Age” in 1 Cor. 2:6-8 Human or Spiritual? – the sea change Who Killed Christ? Human rulers and/or angelic rulers. Addressing 1 Cor 2:6-8. Who … Continue reading “Paul’s “Rulers of this Age” — Conclusion (Part ?)”


More older arguments for Paul’s “rulers of this age” being spirit powers

Previous posts in this series: Are the “Rulers of the Age” in 1 Cor. 2:6-8 Human or Spiritual? – the sea change Who Killed Christ? Human rulers and/or angelic rulers. Addressing 1 Cor 2:6-8. Who Crucified Jesus – Men or Demons? Continuing Miller’s Study of 1 Cor 2:6-8 What they used to say about Paul’s … Continue reading “More older arguments for Paul’s “rulers of this age” being spirit powers”


What they used to say about Paul’s “rulers of this age” who crucified the “lord of glory”

In the previous post we looked at the arguments that “the rulers of this age” were human authorities or a combination of spiritual and human authorities as set out by Robert Ewusie Moses (REM) from his Duke University Doctor of Theology thesis of 2012, Powerful Practices: Paul’s Principalities and Powers Revisited. We now begin the … Continue reading “What they used to say about Paul’s “rulers of this age” who crucified the “lord of glory””


Seven problems for the view that Paul’s “rulers of this age” were human authorities

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age [ἀρχόντων τοῦ αἰῶνος τούτου], who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. … Continue reading “Seven problems for the view that Paul’s “rulers of this age” were human authorities”


Are the “Rulers of the Age” in 1 Cor. 2:6-8 Human or Spiritual? – the sea change

Up till the 1980s it was the accepted view that the “rulers of this age” who crucified the Lord of Glory according to Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians were spirit beings. Several scholars explained that they did so by influencing their earthly counterparts to carry out the deed. The passage reads*: * Two outlier … Continue reading “Are the “Rulers of the Age” in 1 Cor. 2:6-8 Human or Spiritual? – the sea change”


“Rulers of this age” – Dale Allison’s shotgun argument for human rulers

I like to marshal the most complete and best arguments for and against any proposition of interest to me and when I saw Dale C. Allison’s list of arguments that “rulers of this age” in 1 Cor 2:6-8 (the rulers of this age being responsible for crucifying Jesus) means “human rulers” and not demon spirits … Continue reading ““Rulers of this age” – Dale Allison’s shotgun argument for human rulers”


“Rulers of this age” and the incompetence of the historicist case against mythicist arguments

It is a sad thing to see scholars who are doctors and associate professors and holders of chairs demonstrate a complete muddleheadedness and inability to grasp the simplest of logical arguments when attempting to gainsay mythicist challenges to the historical Jesus paradigm. One such scholar continues to insist that Earl Doherty has constructed an argument … Continue reading ““Rulers of this age” and the incompetence of the historicist case against mythicist arguments”


Ascent of the Sage: “From Adapa to Enoch”, part 2

Continuing our discussion of From Adapa to Enoch (Seth Sanders), begun at Heavenly Journeys, from Babylon to Judea . . . . In the previous post we saw the earliest account of a return journey to heaven was that of Etana. Etana ascended to heaven with the aid of an eagle he mercifully restored after … Continue reading “Ascent of the Sage: “From Adapa to Enoch”, part 2″


Once more on the “Spiritual Rulers” in Paul’s Cosmic Drama

Posts in this series: Are the “Rulers of the Age” in 1 Cor. 2:6-8 Human or Spiritual? – the sea change Who Killed Christ? Human rulers and/or angelic rulers. Addressing 1 Cor 2:6-8. Who Crucified Jesus – Men or Demons? Continuing Miller’s Study of 1 Cor 2:6-8 What they used to say about Paul’s “rulers … Continue reading “Once more on the “Spiritual Rulers” in Paul’s Cosmic Drama”


Who Killed Christ? Human rulers and/or angelic rulers. Addressing 1 Cor 2:6-8.

I continue my recent post, Are the “Rulers of the Age” in 1 Cor. 2:6-8 Human or Spiritual? – the sea change: this post begins to address  Gene Miller’s argument that when Paul wrote that the “rulers of the age” crucified “the Lord of Glory” he meant human, worldly authorities, viz. Pilate, crucified Jesus. Miller’s article, “Archontōn … Continue reading “Who Killed Christ? Human rulers and/or angelic rulers. Addressing 1 Cor 2:6-8.”


“Christ crucified” — Was Paul’s message really anti-imperialist as Borg and Crossan assert?

In a recent post, I mentioned a new publication, The First Paul, by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. I said it contained some interesting bits, but also some bits that one might suspect are arguably on the dubious side of method and logic. I discussed a positive for my first post, now for a … Continue reading ““Christ crucified” — Was Paul’s message really anti-imperialist as Borg and Crossan assert?”


the creation of past golden ages, or beware what you dream . . .

Michelle Goldberg’s description of Christian nationalism in her book Kingdom Coming has been an eye-opener for this non-American on a number of levels. Till having read this book I had heard or read the odd strange comment from a US citizen that implied they believed the framers of the US constitution were divinely inspired, or … Continue reading “the creation of past golden ages, or beware what you dream . . .”