I've really enjoyed the interaction on this post. It's what I always hoped blogging would be like, I share a thought from my home in New Zealand and get intelligent critical and friendly discussion of it from a New Testament scholar in the States who I've never otherwise met and an old Lancaster Uni friend who is concluding theological studies at Cambridge and entering Anglican ministry in the UK.
BTW to all my readers who never comment, I blog for interaction, please don't be shy. Let me know what you think. In doing so you will help me think better, blog better, and maybe even be a better person! On the other hand if all you do is read what I write you run the risk of turning me into one of those hideous narcissistic bloggers who live only to pontificate in a strange world of their own creating :-D.