Monthly Archives: January 2016
By James F. McGrath From Cartoon Movement. That’s the trouble with the magi delivering their gifts, according to Matthew, when Jesus would have been old enough to talk…For those who want something more serious on the occasion of Epiphany, I will point out that not only is Jesus a toddler in the story in …read more
By Taylor Blomquist During the Epiphany One-Day Sale, save up 60% on the Life Application Bible Commentary series (LABC). You’ll get 17 volumes of intensely practical commentary on the New Testament for under $90. Act now to lock in your savings because this sale ends at midnight tonight (PT)!
What’s special about the Life …read more
By James F. McGrath There is an interesting call for papers for a conference in Helsinki, Finland next September, on the synagogue in ancient Palestine. Sounds fascinating! Click through for more information.Of related interest, here is a photo of Butler students at the synagogue in Capernaum: …read more
By James F. McGrath Having attempted to do away with contradictions between Matthew and Luke for Christmas, Ian Paul has now offered a blog post claiming that Matthew’s story of the arrival of the magi can be treated as historical.I am not persuaded. Infancy stories featuring miracles are a common feature in ancient literature, …read more
By Mark Ward Internet meanderings recently landed me on the Amazon product page for the bookmark below. It’s the kind of bookmark you’re supposed to give to a friend or loved one, and it bears two Bible verses. Notice the citation from Genesis 31 in particular.
Do you see what I see?
Somebody forgot to …read more
By Scot McKnight What do you think? NBC: Evangelist Franklin Graham is launching a nationwide effort to urge Christians to get out and vote in 2016, but the son of the legendary Billy Graham isn’t backing any one candidate or party, insisting his aim is to launch a “campaign for God.” In an …read more
By Scot McKnight Todd C. Frankel: LOS GATOS, CALIF. — It’s Sunday, which means house-hunting for Barry and Katie Templin. They have been on the prowl for months and saving for years, looking for a place with reasonable commutes to their technology jobs and good public schools for their two young children. They …read more
By Scot McKnight Sean Palmer is Lead Minister at The Vine Church in Temple, TX. Read more from Sean at The Palmer Perspective (www.thepalmerperspective.com), follow him on Twitter: @seanpalmer or follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/seanpalmerwriter. In a time of resolutions and goal setting, God may not care about your success. Yeah. It’s …read more
By Scot McKnight I am honored that Larry Hurtado, well-known NT scholar and who blogs here, has offered to the Jesus Creed blog this review of Robert Gundry’s new book on Peter. Along with Helen Bond, Hurtado recently edited a book on Peter, so he’s particularly ready to examine Gundry’s thesis. Image In …read more
By ferrelljenkins Announcement was made this week of the discovery of a Canaanite citadel in the middle of the Israeli northern coastal town of Nahariya. The Israel Antiquities Authority and the University of Haifa announced an agreement that would allow construction on a high-rise apartment building to continue with the inclusion of …read more
By larryhurtado In his most recent book, seasoned and respected New Testament scholar, Robert H. Gundry, presents the bold thesis that the Gospel of Matthew presents the Apostle Peter as an apostate who is irredeemably damned: Peter: False Disciple and Apostate according to Saint Matthew (Eerdmans, 2015; publisher’s online description here).
Most readers …read more
By abramkj Here, in no particular order, are some ideas for how to memorize a verse or paragraph of text. I have Bible memory specifically in mind, but this could work for any text.
There are some advantages to memorizing in a corporate context. I suggest some options here. I suppose any of …read more
By mattsheedy by Adam MillerNote: This post originally appeared on the author’s blog.While reading Jan Nattier’s translation of The Inquiry of Ugra (Skt. Ugraparipṛcchā), a work most all scholars associate with the early Mahāyāna, I came across three apparently common sayings in the turn-of-the-Common-Era Buddhist world (Nattier calls them “well-known sayings”). I’m …read more
The Never Sinking Ship: How Thunderf00t Sucks at Science (or Else He’s a Liar; Probably He’s Just a Liar)
By Richard Carrier Something really funny happened yesterday. Thunderf00t tried to lie, and got caught. And embarrassed, he threw out a bunch of insults and blather, and ran away. The event was amusing. It was so easy to catch him out. And his response to having been caught was so pathetic and bizarre. …read more
By Stephen Bedard Become a Specialist
Last time I encouraged you to become a generalist, that is to gain a good understanding of a number of subjects. That is important but it does not negate the need to be a specialist.
What do I mean by a specialist? It does not necessarily mean that you …read more
By Rob Bradshaw The Problem of Suffering in the Old Testament, written by Arthur S. Peake in 1904, is now available online in PDF. Click here to download.
According to Wikipedia, Arthur Samuel Peake [1865-1929] “…was the first holder of the Rylands Chair of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis in the University of Manchester, …read more
By Jennifer Guo Originally posted on Imagine with Scripture:Truth be told, I am an academic by nature (although I am not very smart). I am not a practical person. In high school, I liked Pure Maths, but didn’t enjoy Applied Maths. At University I liked browsing the academic journals in the library. When …read more
By Todd Bolen Israeli archaeologists working in the northern coastal city of Nahariya have uncovered a Canaanite citadel dating to 1400 BC. From Haaretz: The Bronze Age citadel apparently served as an administrative center serving Mediterranean mariners, stated the Israel Antiquities Authority. It had been destroyed at least four …read more
By Alistair C. Stewart A version of the following has already been posted on academia.edu. Its purpose is to provide a conspectus of the church orders. I hope it will prove useful.
The genre of church order is a phantom which was conjured up in the nineteenth century to classify a number of texts which …read more
By Jason Like the majority of NT Greek students who began their journey with Koine Greek in a theological seminary, I was introduced and reared on the Erasmian scheme of pronunciation. I learned it, practiced it, and reinforced it over the years since I first cracked open Mounce’s intro text. However, more …read more
By jps Why do American people need such enormous levels of firepower in both weapons of war and domestic handguns? Why do we need extended magazines for semi-automatic weapons filled with cop-killer bullets to penetrate so-called bulletproof vests? Why do law-abiding citizens need silencers for their guns, or grenades, or the latest …read more
By John Loftus Steve Stewart was formerly music pastor in a large Evangelical church who is now an atheist. —————For almost all my life I have been taught, have believed, and have taught others that the Bible from cover to cover is absolutely and infallibly true and inerrant, having been inspired by the …read more
By Joel L. Watts As with yesterday, this is a draft. Constructive, polite, and wonderful comments only. Proposal This volume proposes to draw out a model not yet properly offered. I will attempt to present the death of Jesus not as one who was sacrificed unwillingly; committed suicide in a traditional sense; or suffered …read more
By Bart In my previous post I explained how Jewish thinkers began to develop the idea of an afterlife when they devised the idea of a future resurrection of the dead, an apocalyptic event that explained how God would ultimately make right all that was wrong, rewarding those who had sided with …read more
By John Loftus Jack Cottrell is a Christian professor and author of many books and articles. I know him personally as a professor within the Christian Church and Churches of Christ (non)-denomination of which I was a part of before my deconversion. I’ve run into a lot of defenders of Christianity like Paul …read more
By Brian LePort My review of David M. Allen’s The Historical Character of Jesus: Canonical Insights from Outside the Gospels (MN: Fortress Press, 2014) was published in a recent edition of The Conrad Grebel Review (33/3 ) on pp. 394-396. It’s a solid book that examines the “character” of Jesus as he is …read more
Phil Torres: "Is this how World War III begins? Religion, end times, terror and the frightening new Middle East tinderbox"
Political columnist H.A. Goodman, writer for The Baltimore Sun, The Hill, Salon, and Huffington Post explains in an article what the polls are missing in the current presidential race, and names who he believes will clearly win the next election.
By John Loftus I’m linking to an updated post that now includes a video discussion. In the video the claim is made that the millennials are under-represented by the polls when showing Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers to be higher than Bernie Sanders’s poll numbers. The fascinating thing is that land lines are used …read more
By Gavin R Chapter 13 of Mythmaker focuses on the tensions between Paul’s ministry and the Jerusalem Church. The action centers around Acts 15 and the so-called Jerusalem conference. Maccoby’s contention (and he makes a good case) is that James’ ruling was firmly based on the concept of Noahide law. Righteous Gentiles were …read more
By larryhurtado Once again, I advertise the programme of the Vacation Term for Biblical Study offered each summer. Again this year, it is run as “Summer Biblical Study in Cambridge,” meeting this time in Westminster College. As in previous years, there are two one-week terms: 31 July – 05 …read more
By James Olsen The first conspicuous element here is the replacement of Lehi’s test or opening—all that time walking in darkness—with Nephi’s being questioned by the angel. Nephi does not walk in darkness—his vision begins, after the opening angelic interchange, with looking directly on the vision of the tree.
And this too is different. …read more