Spectrum media presents. . .Ivan Blazan: Who was Paul?

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By Alexander Carpenter with special thanks to Gordon Short. Introducing a series of three Spectrum Media lectures: On Thursday I'll post Alden Thompson on Revelation, Inspiration, and Ellen G. White and then on Sabbath I'll post David Larson on Christian sexual morality. Feel free to use these to provoke some discussion in your Sabbath School class. If you'd like to order a DVD ($33) of these paragons of Adventist thinking (includes Rick Rice), email: subscriptions@spectrummagazine.org

But now here's: Ivan Blazen, PhD, Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Theology at Loma Linda University.

He asks: Will the real Paul please stand up?

He also taught at Pacific Union College and for many years at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary as Professor and Chair of the New Testament Department. Dr. Blazen did extensive graduate work at Andrews University and the SDA Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary in New York City, the University of Heidelberg in Germany, Drew University in New Jersey, and Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, where he received his PhD degree. In addition to his teaching, writing, and other scholarly interests, Dr. Blazen is a frequent speaker at church services, campmeetings, worker’s meetings and other church functions. Two of his major concerns are to give the Bible a fair hearing in its own time and place, and then to apply biblical teaching to the practical concerns of everyday life.As Pastor Don Gettys mentions in his April 21, 2007 sermon: When I went to college at Andrews University, my Greek teacher was a fellow by the name of Ivan Blazen. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of such a name. And he was a great Greek teacher. And Ivan Blazen defined grace as God’s unmerited favor given to us. That’s pretty good. And he went on. In other words, grace is the rich flow of God's wealth and covenant blessing to all who accept by faith the merits of Jesus Christ. You’ve got to accept it. Here are a couple of his books: A Call to Ministry, Gospel on the Street, The Essential Jesus, Understanding Genesis.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4240