The issue of election is perhaps the most controversial topic of discussion in all of theological discourse. One of the key questions in the election debate pertains to the level of freedom that people hold. Do people have the freedom to respond to the grace of God or is everything predetermined? Our guest today approaches the issue from a different and important perspective. Dr. Chad Thornhill examines the issue of election from the understanding of Second Temple Judaism in his book The Chosen People: Paul, Election, and Second Temple Judaism. Second Temple Judaism influenced the understanding of the New Testament writers, thus such a perspective is critical to our understanding of the issue. Today, Dr. Thornhill discusses some of his findings in his book. He will also talk about the importance of possessing a working knowledge of New Testament Greek in preparation for his latest book's release Greek for Everyone: Introductory Greek for Bible Study and Application.
Dr. Chad Thornhill received his Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics from Liberty University School of Divinity in 2012, his M.Div. and M.A. in Religion also from Liberty University School of Divinity. Dr. Thornhill is the Chair of Theological Studies and also serves as Assistant Professor of Apologetics and Biblical Studies at Liberty University. In addition to his studies, he is an athlete in the American Ninja Warrior games. Join in on the conversation at (323) 784-9617.
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