Re: Subject: Acts 20:28 Whose blood?

From: Rodney J. Decker (
Date: Tue Mar 30 1999 - 06:22:59 EST

Perhaps the most extensive discussion of this problem is to be found in
Murray J. Harris, *Jesus as God: The NT Use of THEOS in Reference to
Jesus*, ch. 5, pp. 131-41. He addresses both the text critical issues as
well as the grammar and theology, concluding that: "the most appropriate
translation of these words is 'the Church of God which he bought with the
blood of his own one' ... with hO QEOS construed as a christological title.
According to this view, hO QEOS refers to God the Father, not Jesus Christ"
(p. 141). Even if one does not agree with Harris (and this is a notable
crux), he leaves few stones unturned in his discussion. It well repays
careful study.


Rodney J. Decker, Th.D. Baptist Bible Seminary
Dept. of NT P.O. Box 800, Clarks Summit, PA 18411
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