Larry W. Hurtado (December 29, 1943 – November 25, 2019) was a New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity and Emeritus Professor of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology at the University of
“STOP,” came the warning from the apostle Paul. Stop what? “Stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.’ (Rom. 12:2) Paul wrote those words to the first-century Christians. Why did he find it necessary to give such strong warnings to men and women who were committed, devoted, dedicated to God and anointed with the Holy Spirit?
Do not be deceived my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, (James 1:16-17a)
James did not want his fellow brothers and sisters to be deceived into the belief that God was their cause of trials. Such an idea would distort the character and person of the Almighty God as it would make him the author of evil, meaning
It is no easy task here in deciding which reading was the original one. Both readings have early and weighty manuscript support and neither of the could be considered a difficult reading because they both make perfect sense. What tipped the scales …