Apocryphote of the Day: 10-24-08

Give me your mercy!
O my savior,
save me, for I am yours!
I came from you.
You are my mind.
Bring me forth!
You are my treasury.
Open for me!
You are my fullness.
Take me to you!
You are rest.
Give me what is perfect,
what cannot be grasped!

Prayer of Paul A.3-10 (a Valentinian second century prayer)

Commentary: Now go back and read 2 Corinthians 4:1-18 (in Greek if you are able). I posted a translation of part of this passage yesterday which was correctly identified by Jim Deardorff. What do you make of it now? By the way, I was not thinking about this Valentinian prayer when I posted the entry yesterday. I posted it because it came up in my mysticism seminar since we were discussing Paul and mysticism. Today I thought that we needed a prayer so I decided to pull out this Valentinian text. And wow, as I translated it was I surprised to see 2 Corinthians 4 invoked! These little coincidences always make me wonder...

New Paul Blog by David Capes

Professor David Capes of Houston Baptist University here in Houston has just started up his own blog on Paul. He and I have been working together this summer on a project that I will reveal more about later this semester, but during our many wonderful conservations, he shared with me that he was starting a blog to supplement a class that he is co-teaching for Fuller this semester on Pauline Theology. David and I co-taught a continuing education course last semester on The Lost Gospels for Rice, and he is a superb colleague and teacher, not to mention writer. On the weekends, David cohosts an award-winning radio show called "A Show of Faith" on TALK RADIO 950 KPRC in Houston.

If you haven't heard about it already, he has a textbook on Paul coming out this October called Rediscovering Paul: An Introduction to His World, Letters and Theology. He is using the book in the Fuller course. He plans to try to use his blog dynamically to post assignments and engage in discussion with his readers. So I encourage you to check his blog, where he says he will make at least weekly posts.