By RichardMansfield …and why you should consider the series, too. I was introduced to the Word Biblical Commentary during my first semester in seminary in Fall 1991. I had somehow managed to place into Advanced Old Testament Survey, allowing me to complete in one semester what usually took two. My professor …read more
By LindaPerry In this previously-recorded webinar, Linda Perry goes over the basics of the Accordance interface, preferences, and essential features for using the software. To take part in our multiple free webinar offerings throughout the week, please see our Accordance Webinars page. And to watch […] …read more
By Henry Neufeld I had hoped to do a bit more writing on how we interpret the Bible before tonight’s discussion. In diving into teaching a bit on eschatology, I have come to feel a bit like someone who has encountered one of the versions of the certification test for senior generalists, or …read more
By James Pate Wendy Doniger. The Hindus: An Alternative History. Penguin Books, 2009. See here to buy the book.The Hindus: An Alternative History is a diachronic study of Hinduism that highlights the complexity and diversity of the religion. Many non-Hindu Westerners have ideas about what Hindus believe. They may be …read more
By Eerdmans For three years, between 2012 and 2014, I spent most of my spare time translating medieval commentaries on Genesis from Latin into English. While other patrons at my favorite coffee shop worked on their New York Times crossword puzzles or used the free Wi-Fi to update their Facebook status, I …read more
By Stephen Bedard Thirty years ago I was an atheist. But the type of atheist I was would not have recognized what is called the new atheism. I was not angry, nor did it bother me what religious people believed.
In this recording, apologist William Lane Craig looks into the origins of aggressive atheism.
The …read more
By Steve Wells As everyone knows by now, Kim Davis is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Rowan County, Kentucky.
It is also well known that she has been married four times and divorced three times, thereby breaking two of Jesus’s commandments.
If a woman shall put away her husband, and …read more
By Todd Bolen Building contractors unearthed and then concealed a unique sarcophagus dating to the Roman period in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon. From a press release from the Israel Antiquities Authority: A unique and extremely impressive stone sarcophagus, about 1,800 years old, was exposed at a building …read more
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- Theses on Professionalization: Jennifer Collins-Elliott by mattsheedy
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- What Would a Biblical Error Look Like? by Stephen Bedard
- I (Still) Believe: Scot McKnight by Ken Schenck
- About the ekklesia / Περί της εκκλησίας by Castellio
- 7 Questions: Michael Stark of the Truth & Life Bible by Timothy
- Complement–Arianism? by Ian Paul
- The Final Battle by Jason
- II Baruch, "Soon" Eschatology, and Grace and Works by James Pate
- Introducing Walker Wright by Nathaniel Givens
- Data, Doctrines, & Doubts: Improving Gospel Instruction by Walker Wright
- 31. For Schools and Colleges by abramkj
- The Gospel according to Luke according to Marcion by Brian LePort
- Casarella & Cardinal Ouellet: Mystery and Sacrament of Love by Eerdmans
- Sue Frumin’s interview on Channel 10 about Philistine invasion biology by arenmaeir
- In Defense of the Revised Common Lectionary by Darrell Pursiful
- Philistines introduced new plants to the coastal plain by ferrelljenkins
Biblical Criticism Posts
- On Racism and Linguistics by Daniel O. McClellan
- Two Great Scholars Speak to Interpreter Gathering by David Larsen
- YCAS 2015 Profiles 8: Timothy Pettipiece by Tony
- Matthew Ferguson Reviews my Book by Michael J. Kok
Radical Criticism Posts
- Falsi Testimoni: nessun Gesù e nessun cristianesimo prima del 70 E.C. by G. Ferri
- Emanuel Tov, “Septuagint and Other Ancient Greek Translations”«Η Μετάφραση των Εβδομήκοντα και Άλλες Ελληνικές Μεταφράσεις» by digiSapientia
- Michael Kok, “The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century” by adversusapologetica
By jps When Peter calls Jesus Messiah (Mark 8:29), and Jesus responds by revealing that he will suffer and rise again (8:31) and by rebuking Peter’s perceptions (8:32), we enter into the unique interpretation of “Messiah” by Jesus and the church: the Messiah will rule, but only after dying the death of …read more
By Matthew D. Montonini Francis Watson, one of the leading NT scholars in the world has already produced such groundbreaking works as Paul and the Hermeneutics of Faith and Gospel Writing, has another work on the way that promises to break new ground on how one should read the Gospels. Instead of focusing …read more
By Mason Slater The following is an excerpt from Chap Clark’s chapter on The Adoption View of Youth Ministry in Youth Ministry in the 21st Century.
The common denominator from the very beginning—despite corrective movements, such as including a greater recognition of the parents’ role in their kids’ spiritual growth, the development of a …read more
By abramkj Last week I finished watching every minute of David Sparks’s OmniFocus Video Field Guide.
The video is of professional quality. You don’t even really think about this as you watch, which is a good thing. It is just David Sparks, his OmniFocus (Mac and iOS, excellent explanations, and you.
Sparks …read more
By Brian LePort In the Gospels it is somewhat common to read a passage where Jesus knows the thoughts of those he is encountering. Intriguingly, one manuscript of Luke 3:16 (D 05, Bezae) reads, επιγωους τα διανοηματα αυτων ειπεν (tr. “Observing their thoughts he said…” ). In light of narrative textual criticism, …read more
By Michael Allen and Scott Swain, editors of Common Places The release of a book within a multi-volume systematic theology project makes for a momentous occasion in the world of systematic theology. Over the last few years a number of such projects have launched, none to greater acclaim or worthy of more significant attention than Katherine Sonderegger’s Systematic Theology. In …read more
By Danny Zacharias The Expository Times September 2015; Vol. 126, No. 12 http://ext.sagepub.com/content/126/12?etoc—————————————————————– Articles —————————————————————– Does the Reformation Still Matter? David Whitford The Expository Times 2015; 126:573-577 doi:10.1177/0014524615584734 http://ext.sagepub.com/content/126/12/573?etoc Three Tales of Three Cities in the Book of Judges Roger Ryan The Expository Times 2015; 126:578-585 doi:10.1177/0014524614560295 http://ext.sagepub.com/content/126/12/578.abstract?etoc A Nazorean and …read more
By Steve Bricker This past Sunday, Tim Challies posted a piece entitled Why You Should Not Wear a Crucifix. Because of my social network connections, I saw several responses both pro and con on the issue. The lines were typically drawn along lines with Protestants opposing images in worship or worship …read more
By Ben Witherington I like testimony books, and having written something of that sort for Zondervan some time ago chronicling my journey of faith into being a Biblical scholar (entitled Is There a Doctor in the House?) I am especially pleased to commend to one and all a book that has Christian testimonies …read more
By Michael J. Kok Matthew Ferguson has written a thorough and fair review of my book The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century over at his blog Κέλσος (his blog’s name alludes to a philosopher who composed one of the earliest learned critiques of Christianity, but I do …read more
By Tony This is the eighth in a series of profiles of the presenters at the upcoming 2015 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium to be held September 25-26 at York University in Toronto. Remember, if you register for the symposium, you will receive drafts of the papers in advance, thus enabling you …read more
By abramkj A prayer for schools and students from the Book of Common Prayer, “For Schools and Colleges”:
O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities [and especially ______.], that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach …read more
By Walker Wright I’m grateful for the invitation and excited to participate here at Times & Seasons. The following is a talk I gave in our recent Stake General Priesthood meeting as the newly called Stake Sunday School President. While many of the ideas below were conceived independently, I was heavily influenced by …read more
By Nathaniel Givens After citing him on multiple occasions here at Times and Seasons (for example here and here), I’m very pleased to announce that Walker Wright will be joining us for a guest blogging stint. Walker is an MBA student at the University of North Texas, and his primary interests are in …read more
By David Larsen I had the opportunity to be at a gathering for the Interpreter online journal early in August where scholars Margaret Barker and Stephen Webb addressed the group in a Q&A format. It was an intriguing discussion. Margaret Barker, a Methodist scholar and founder of the Temple Study Group in England, …read more
By Brian LePort I enjoyed Judith Lieu’s review of Dieter Roth’s The Text of Marcion’s Gospel (Brill, 2015) for Marginalia. What interest me most is how recent studies of Marcion’s text seem to be suggesting that maybe we should stop thinking of it as Luke’s Gospel redacted, but just another version of Luke’s …read more
By adversusapologetica Recently NT scholar and fellow blogger Michael Kok (Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield) sent me a copy of a his newly published book–The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century–for me to review on my blog. Kok does not engage in counter-apologetics like …read more
By Darrell Pursiful I love it when liturgists talk smack!
Someone sent me a blog post, Why I Left the Revised Common Lectionary Behind, in which Rev. Chris Duckwortht argues against RCL and in favour of a new lectionary, recently constructed, “the Narrative Lectionary, a project out of Luther Seminary that offers a 9-month, …read more
By arenmaeir Sue Frumin was interviewed a few days ago on the popular program “London and Kirschenbaum” on Israel Channel 10 (in Hebrew), and she spoke about our study on an invasion biology perspective on the appearance of the Philistine culture.
Check it out here – Sue is interviewed from 35:05 onwards.
Way to …read more
By Eerdmans Marc Cardinal Ouellet’s Mystery and Sacrament of Love, newly translated into English, expounds a theology of marriage and the Catholic Church’s understanding of the sacrament celebrated between spouses and God. Today we’re sharing Peter Casarella’s extended praise for the book, followed by an excerpt from the book’s preface.
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This …read more
By Jason Ben Witherington had this to say about the final cosmic battle in Revelation:
There is such a strong stress on God’s control over the final eschatological
situation in apocalyptic literature that when in fact one gets to
the final showdown, it turns out not to be a battle between human
forces, which we might …read more
By Stephen Bedard Recent years have brought much discussion about inerrancy. Ironically skeptics and certain Christians often agree on a very rigid form of inerrancy. It is possible to find people on both sides who would agree that if the there is one error, then the entire Bible’s reliability is cast in doubt.
Because …read more
Emanuel Tov, “Septuagint and Other Ancient Greek Translations”«Η Μετάφραση των Εβδομήκοντα και Άλλες Ελληνικές Μεταφράσεις»
By digiSapientia Emanuel Tov, “Septuagint and Other Ancient Greek Translations”The Septuagint, also known as the LXX, is a Greek translation of Jewish scripture that was prepared in Alexandria and Palestine. The Hebrew source of the LXX differed from the other textual witnesses (the Masoretic Text [MT] and many of the Qumran texts), …read more
By G. Ferri Un Cantico Per Paolo Perché sei nato al cader della neve?Dovevi arrivare al richiamo del cuculo,o quando verdeggiano i grappoli d’uvao quando sinuose le rondini si radunanoper volare lontanodall’estate che muore.Perchè sei morto al tosare del gregge?Dovevi morire al cader delle meleal tempo funesto per le cavallettequando i campi di …read more
Top 20 Biblical Commentary Posts
- New Release: Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Five Views by Mason Slater
- Streaks: Tracking Habits by abramkj
- New Testament Studies 61/4 by Danny Zacharias
- On My Bookshelf: Cornelius Plantinga Jr. by Eerdmans
- Sure it's good, but by jps
- Don’t Forget! by Jason
- How Ice Cream Contributes to Christian Theology by Darrell Pursiful
- Review: The Choice of the Family by Bishop Jean Laffitte by Timothy
- Tim Keller on Prayer by Andy Naselli
- And When You Fail … by Steve Bricker
- 10 Practical Steps for Living as an Ecclesial Theologian by Jeremy Bouma
- The Unity of the Bible and Expository Preaching by Charles Savelle
- State of the Projects, September 2015 by thepatrologist
- Irish Biblical Studies on-line by Rob Bradshaw
- Sequences of accents in the Hebrew Bible by Bob MacDonald
- Approaching the rest, an analysis by Bob MacDonald
- An Apocalyptic Vacation— Why Not Book Now? by Ben Witherington
- An Apocalyptic Vacation— Why Not Book Now? by Ben Witherington
- The Maimonidean Controversy in 1305-6: Gregg Stern–Philosophy and Rabbinic Culture by Alan Brill
- August 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival by Darrell Pursiful
Biblical Criticism Posts
- Ancient Manuscripts Are Not Necessarily More Reliable by James E. Snapp, Jr.
- 2015-09-02 03:27:42 by Brian Small
By mattsheedy Thesis #11. While higher education is organized so as to train ever increasing specialists–a process that begins with surveys and broad course work, examines candidates on their knowledge in general areas, and then culminates in writing a dissertation on a highly technical topic–eventual full-time employment can just as easily depend …read more
By Daniel O. McClellan Richard Dawkins recently described the headline of an Independent article by Yasmin Alibhai Brown (“I like Corbyn, but let’s face it: we don’t need another white man at the head of a political party”) as “disgustingly racist & sexist.” Alibhai begins the article by sharing an anecdote about her assertion …read more
By Ken Schenck The book is out, John Byron and Joel Lohr’s, I (Still) Believe! You can now get it for reals! Although I’m finishing the book, I’m being more selective now in my posts. Here is a post on Scot McKnight’s testimony.Previous posts include:Richard BauckhamWalter BrueggemannEllen DavisJames DunnGordon FeeBeverly Roberts GaventaJohn Goldingay1. …read more
By Castellio Most religions today, seek to superimpose the idea of “organization” or “denomination,” with an accompanying authority structure (to the word ekklesia [gr. εκκλησία]), as necessary to validate any gathering as a “real” Christian congregation (and, unfortunately, most people today, have accepted and espoused such a view). The Scriptural message does …read more
By Ian Paul Kevin Giles has a long track record of engaging with the debate about the implications of ‘conservative’ views of gender and their relation to our understanding of God. He has written three major volumes: The Trinity & Subordinationism: The Doctrine of God & the Contemporary Gender Debate in 2002; a …read more
By Ben Witherington We here at Apocalyptic Vacations like to think that Christians, like everyone else, like options, even when it comes to the afterlife. We have noticed that quite a goodly number of you Evangelical Christians have become tired of the regular drumbeat about the coming rapture, and don’t really think a …read more