Divvying Up the Writers of the 66
John Mark Reynolds takes up an interesting task over at First Things: Identify the Biblical writer’s denominational affiliation. Here’s how he kicks it off:
Ecumenical dialogue is important. One problem in discussions between Christians has been the failure to recognize that each group quotes different Biblical authors. We all know that Paul is a Protestant, for example, but few recognize that Paul himself can be divided between early Paul (hyper-Calvinist) and late Paul (Presbyterian).
Theologians, of course, have long known that Obadiah was a papist, but the rest of us have been clueless. For example, the shift of Jeremiah from Calvinism to Catholicism over the course of his life explains a great deal about the text.
Many problems related to our ignorance of denominational affiliation would be solved if the Biblical players came with a program. I have provided you one with a one sentence reason for the designation . . .
Here are a few of my favorites:
Why? Likes crusades and building shrines.
Court Chronicler: Anglican
Why? Only Christian group interested in sustained sucking up to monarchs.
Ezra: Southern Baptist
Why? Has a great church building program.
Why? Good looking women leaders.
Why? Guy willing to work with good looking women leaders.
Why? Stuff happens, don’t complain.
Solomon (Proverbs): Evangelical
Why? Advice fits on church sign.
Paul: (Late Period, see II Timothy) Presbyterian
Why? Very mellow and more concerned about heritage than present.
Why? Luther hated him
You can read the entire list here.