Monthly Archives: November 2015

First Family Reads

By Scot McKnight From WaPo: President Obama, a diligent Small Business Saturday shopper, patronized Petworth’s Upshur Street Books for the first time this afternoon. The uber-local independent bookstore, which opened just over a year ago, highlights the city’s “past and present, and work from local authors from poets to politicians.” Obama, along with …read more

Stochastic Terrorism

By Neil Godfrey An interesting take by Valerie Tarico: Christianist Republicans Systematically Incited Colorado Clinic Assault . . . . Citing Stochastic Terrorism Valerie writes: “Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. In …read more

Christian Texts and History • Can Jesus' rising "meta" three days match a 3rd day rising?

By rakovsky On the thread “Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?” (viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1970&start=10), Bernard Muller proposed that Mark’s reference to resurrection “meta” (after or with) three days can only mean resurrection on the fourth day or later, and thus it drastically contradicts the narrative of a third day resurrection in the …read more

Ten Books on Christian Apocrypha to Look For at SBL 2015

By Tony In no particular order:Vernon K. Robbins and Jonathan M. Potter (editors). Jesus and Mary Reimagined in Early Christian Literature. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 2015. Excerpt.
Lincoln H. Blumell and Thomas A. Wayment (editors). Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents, and Sources. Baylor University Press, 2015.
David E. Wilhite. The Gospel according to Heretics. Discovering Orthodoxy …read more

Philo dinner…

By TorreyS It has become a recurring tradition that some evening during the SBL Annual Meeting, Philo scholars are invited to participate in an evening dinner session in some nearby restaurant. Thus, in this way following the traditions of Philo about the sociality in dining together, ‘old’ and ‘new’ Philo scholars can …read more


By Brian LePort Beth M. Sheppard’s The Craft of History and the Study of the New Testament (Resources for Biblical Study; Atlanta: SBL, 2012) is a helpful volume because it creates a dialogue between historians and biblical/New Testament scholars. Historians have a variety of methods that they’ve applied to their discipline and the …read more