Saw this article earlier in the week, with the constant softening view of God taught as a defacto standard in many places, it is wise to reaffirm timeless truths and correct misunderstandings about the nature of the Father!
You have heard it many times. Many of the things a preacher reads or hears sound good. So, he repeats it the next time he is speaking on a related topic. Then the members of the congregation begin to repeat it to their friends.
But, is it true that Abba means something like daddy or papa?
In a series of posts beginning with the word FactChecker, Glenn T. Stanton tracks down the origin of this idea to the German Lutheran New Testament scholar Joachim Jeremias in 1971. He also shows that several other reputable scholar responded in a scholarly way to the claim.
One of the sources he cites is a 1988 article by James Barr:
But in any case it was not a childish expression comparable with ‘Daddy’: it was a more solemn, responsible, adult address to a Father.
Ministers should read Stanton’s blog (here)…
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