Episode #147: David Bentley Hart – The Gloves Come Off

Jason Micheli —  April 13, 2018 — 2 Comments

What happens when you read the Easter story in the present tense? What can we learn about Paul’s personality in the original Greek? Who put together the worst translation of the New Testament? These questions and more on this episode of Crackers and Grape Juice with David Bentley Hart who responds to another giant, NT Wright, over whose translation of the NT is right.

Full disclosure, while I’m a committed Protestant and DBH is an aggressively evangelical Orthodox, David was my first theology teacher in college at UVA and he turned out to be a gateway drug to taking this Christianity crap seriously enough to give one’s life to it. I now count him a mentor, a friend, and a fellow baseball fan.

His new New Testament translation is really a wonderful read, bracing and fun in its surprises. If you’re a lay person, check out his short book The Doors of the Sea. You can find them here.

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Jason Micheli


2 responses to Episode #147: David Bentley Hart – The Gloves Come Off

  1. Another interesting interview, Jason. Thanks!

    Perhaps in a future interview it would be good to hear DBH’s take on the passage in Luke where Jesus says, “a spirit [pneuma] does not have flesh [sarx] and bones, as you see I have,” particularly in light of his discussion of angel/spirit concepts of resurrection in Luke/Paul, and that Paul says “flesh and blood” cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Having read and listened to some of N.T. Wright’s treatments on the resurrection, it’s not clear to me that he and David are talking about different concepts here; at the very least, Wright does make a clear distinction between “resurrection” and mere “resuscitation,” even if perhaps his language is not as precise as it should be.

    And I thought it was funny referring to Wright as being popular with evangelicals. If folks at my (fairly stereotypical evangelical) church would read Wright, that would probably be a step in the right direction (pun not intended).


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