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Dr. Ward Crocker will present a Paper at the Evangelical Theological Society Far West Regional 2019

Dr. Ward Crocker will be presenting a paper at the ETS Far West Regional Event. The event theme is A Conversation on Reading the Old Testament: Hermeneutics and Implications and the plenary speakers are Dr. Daniel I. Block, Wheaton College, and Dr. Craig Bartholomew, Tyndale House, Cambridge. Please be sure that you register for the event at your earliest convenience. The ETS Far West Regional event is in Riverside, CA on March 29. 2019 at California Baptist University  The registration page can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-far-west-regional-meeting-evangelical-theological-society-tickets-55026588006
Title: 2 Peter 2:20 Conditionally Speaking: Reconsidering the Hypothetical in this Verse
Abstract:  Whereas most exegetes consider the hypothetical in 2 Peter 2:20 as true, this paper argues that there are good reasons to conclude the first-class condition is actually false. After sketching the main views on 2 Peter 2:20, this paper reviews the first-class condition and then moves on to establish why the condition should be considered false (e.g., 1 Cor. 15:12–14). If this proposed view of 2 Peter 2:20 is accurate, the controversies surrounding this passage (apostasy of the false teachers, conflicting views of the salvific language [ἐνἐπιγνώσει τοῦ κυρίου καὶ σωτῆρος Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ- by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ], and even some creative theology such as regarding the believers as redeemed but not saved) will no longer be a factor and Peter’s case against fellowship with false teachers is further strengthened. One goal of this paper is to expose the need for better understanding of conditional clauses and their rhetorical force on passages such as 2 Peter 2:20.

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