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The Pre-Pauline Creed of 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

[The following is a paper that I submitted for the Pauline Epistles class at Nazarene Bible College]




INTRODUCTION ORIENTATION AND CONTEXT Significance of Text In 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, we have an incredibly early creedal formulation of the death, resurrection, and post-mortem appearances of Jesus Christ. In fact, there is a consensus among scholars that this passage “contains a carefully preserved tradition pre-dating Paul’s apostolic activity and received by him within two to five years of the founding events” (Ware 475). This creed is incredibly significant for several reasons. First, this pre-Pauline creed is significant because it provides the earliest known formulation of Christian beliefs regarding Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and post-mortem appearances. Kirk MacGregor clearly states the early date for the formulation of this creed when he writes, “the terminus ante quem for the original creed is AD 35, assuming the truth of the majority view that Jesus’ crucifixion occurred …

God's Holiness and Isaiah's Mission (Isaiah 6:1-13)

[The following is a paper that I submitted for the Hebrew Prophets class at Nazarene Bible College]




INTRODUCTION ORIENTATION AND CONTEXT Significance of Text The call of Isaiah is one of the most important, if not the most important, passages in the book that bears Isaiah’s name. This chapter describes a vision in which Isaiah sees God’s majesty and holiness. During this time, Isaiah also receives his call to be a prophet to a people who will not listen to him. In fact, these people will have their hearts dulled to the message of God because of Isaiah’s constant preaching! Despite this, God commissions Isaiah as a prophet and sends him to speak a particular message to the people of Israel. This chapter of Isaiah stands to highlight several aspects of God, including His holiness and majesty. These, of course, are not the only reasons that this text is significant. They are only some of the more prominent reasons. Isaiah’s call in chapter 6 is significant because it paints a vivid picture of…