By Richard Fellows Ryan Schellenberg has kindly taken the time to respond to my last blog post, in which I commented on his JBL paper “The First Pauline Chronologist?” I paste his reply below, with his permission. I plan to comment again sometime in the next few days………………………………………………………………………………………………………….1) It’s not clear to me …read more
Monthly Archives: September 2015
By Loren Rosson What a terrific book. Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz are model conversation partners as they discuss the un-discussable. Harris is a well-known critic of Islam, Nawaz a former Islamist radical who now calls for progressive reform. Their dialogue is so organic and respectful that half the time it doesn’t even …read more
By Matthew R. Malcolm Recently, my review of Paul J. Brown’s Bodily Resurrection and Ethics in 1 Cor 15 appeared in the Review of Biblical Literature, here.
Here’s the publisher’s description of the book:
Description: New Testament scholars have long recognized a relationship between the future resurrection and ethics. Paul J. Brown contributes to this ongoing …read more
By Daniel O. McClellan The newest issue of the Journal of Biblical Literature has been released, and it features an article by Mark S. Smith entitled “The Three Bodies of God” that I found both interesting and somewhat problematic. Here’s the abstract:
Considerable attention has been devoted to God’s body in the Hebrew Bible, but …read more
By Stephen Bedard Is it permissible for Christians to meditate?
The Bible does speak about meditation, but that meditation is on God’s Word and is not the same as what many people mean when they speak of meditation. By meditation, we usually mean some practice of breathing and muscles to clear the mind and …read more
By Greek Mythicists Mythicist Milwaukee & King’s Tower Productions are going to produce a well-researched film about the Jesus myth theory that deliberately eliminates the flaws of past films (like that awful Zeitgeist thing) and pays attention to the best scholarship on the issue, while also introducing a lot of entertaining features as …read more
By Richard Carrier Mythicist Milwaukee & King’s Tower Productions are going to produce a well-researched film about the Jesus myth theory that deliberately eliminates the flaws of past films (like that awful Zeitgeist thing) and pays attention to the best scholarship on the issue, while also introducing a lot of entertaining features as …read more
By James Pate Fred Sanders, ed. How God Used R.A. Torrey: A Short Biography As Told Through His Sermons. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015. See here to buy the book. R.A. Torrey (1856-1928) worked with renowned evangelist D.L. Moody, and he also was instrumental in the creation of The Fundamentals, in …read more
By Phillip J. Long In 1 Thessalonians 4:9–10 Paul encourages the church at Thessalonica to pursue “brotherly love.” What is brotherly love? The noun used here (φιλαδελφία) was only used for literal family relationships before the Christian community began to use it as a metaphor for members of their community (EDNT, 4:434). The only …read more
By Bart The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture argues that there are textual variants still preserved among our manuscripts of the New Testament that were generated by scribes who were trying to oppose various kinds of “heretical” Christologies, including the one I discussed yesterday, which said (at least which its opponents said that …read more
By abramkj Any time you see a T. Muraoka volume that retails at under $30, it’s worth paying attention to.
Peeters has released the short but sure-to-be excellent volume, A Biblical Aramaic Reader: With an Outline Grammar.
Here’s the publisher’s description:
This reader is for anyone very eager to read the story of Daniel in …read more
By Tony It has become tradition to offer some postmortem comments about the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium here on Apocryphicity. It helps me gather my thoughts about the event while everything is still fresh. I present these comments in three separate posts.
Peter Dunn and Brent Landau
The first day of the 2015 York …read more
By jps Randy Balmer, one of America’s finest historians of evangelicalism, after years of studying the relationship of evangelicals and politics, concludes on a similar note in his God in the White House: “My reading of American religious history is that religion always functions best from the margins of society and not …read more
By Dirk Jongkind Minuscule 1573 writes the section Mt 25:22-23 twice. Not good.This is the relevant section (images available here and here at the NT.VMR):I don’t know who is responsible for crossing out the duplicated words, it may be the scribe, it may be a later reader / corrector. What makes this duplication …read more
By Jeremy Bouma Sola fide has been the rallying cry for generations of Christians. Yet in his new book Tom Schreiner wonders, “Does sola fide still matter today?”
Faith Alone is one of five new resources exploring the five sola rallying cries of the Reformation (including sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratis, and soli …read more
By George Athas Recently, people have been asking Prof. Aren Maeir, excavator at the ancient site of Gath (Tell es-Safi) about a news article that claims the Philistines originated in southern Turkey. His answer: No, they didn’t.
Read the longer (but still brief) answer here:
Philistines from the North? | The Ackerman Family Bar-Ilan University …read more
By Andy Naselli This is a book well worth reading if you teach Greek or if you are a relatively advanced Greek student:
Constantine R. Campbell. Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015.
Many modern grammars seem like they are stuck in the late 1800s …read more
By Ian Paul Having commented from time to time on politics and the elections, I found it fascinating to see the rather muted response to John McDonnell’s speech at the Labour party conference. Reaction to the appointment of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader has mostly focussed on things he said in the past …read more
By James E. Snapp, Jr. In the sixteenth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, between verses 8 and 9, the English Standard Version has a prominent heading-note: “(SOME OF THE EARLIEST MANUSCRIPTS DO NOT INCLUDE 16:9-20).” Some other versions contain a similar note at this point, and most of them are similarly vague. …read more