Monthly Archives: March 2016
By Mike Aubrey This is my Good Friday post. Linguistics and Greek grammar about Good Friday on Good Friday.
I mentioned in my previous post about Klaas Bentein article on academia.edu (Aspectual choice and the presentation of Narrative. An application to Herodotus’ Histories. Glotta 92 ) that Bentein’s insight has relevance to the …read more
By Stephen Bedard One of the hottest topics in religious conversations has been the relationship between the God of the Muslims and the God of the Christians. Are they the same God? Are we discussing two different Gods or describing one God in two different ways?
I was able to listen to the recent …read more
By David Lamb Jesus’ Entry into Jerusalem by Pietro Lorenzetti
Has anyone ever asked you to steal a brand new car for them? It’s never happened to me, but I’m not sure about the rest of you.
Jesus appears to do something roughly equivalent to his disciples shortly before his death, which will be …read more
By Giuseppe In this thread I would list all the more strong arguments supporting the priority of Marcion’s Gospel (Mcn) over Mark:1) So Robert M Price:Mark‟s gospel, for instance, holds what can hardly be calledother than a Marcionite view of the buffoonish twelve disciples anda Gnostic view of secret teaching which, despite …read more
By James F. McGrath This cartoon by Kevin Frank came to my attention via Facebook. It brings together Easter and quantum science. There is a sense in which the thought experiment is an interesting one. Would you look inside the tomb and see either that Jesus’ body is still there or that it is …read more
By James F. McGrath Click here to view the embedded video.The above discussion of theology and ethics in Star Wars at Conway Hall includes Biblical scholar Francesca Stavrakopoulou. It uses LEGO Star Wars images, discusses orientalism and radicalization in the films, and includes reading from the scripts (the stage directions in which are often …read more
By ferrelljenkins The Romans were adept at crucifixion, according to many historical sources. The first archaeological evidence of crucifixion was uncovered in 1968 when, during a controlled archaeological dig under the direction of the late Vasillios Tzaferis, an ossuary (bone box, or receptacle) was found north of Jerusalem containing the bones of …read more
By RichardPerry In this webinar originally recorded on March 10, 2016, Richard Perry demonstrates five foundation features of Accordance Bible Software that all users should know about for best use and practice. Taking part in our free Accordance Webinars is easy. Check out our Webinars page for more […] …read more
By Phillip J. Long Boxall, Ian. Discovering Matthew: Content, Interpretation, Reception. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2015. 216 pp. Pb; $22. Link to Eerdmans
Ian Boxall’s Discovering Matthew is the first of two contributions to the new Discovering Biblical Texts series from Eerdmans, joining Discovering John by Ruth Edwards. The sub-title for the …read more
By Holly Marr John Piper’s groundbreaking resource Look at the Book is free through the month of March, and guess what? It’s going to stay that way. That’s right—the Logos edition of Piper’s hit Look at the Book will be a free download for the foreseeable future!
One might think, “Well, no hurry then; …read more
By Roger Pearse Heraclius arrives at Jerusalem, and massacres the Jews.
6. When he entered the city and saw that everything had been destroyed and burned by the Persians, he felt a deep sadness; then when he saw that Modestus had [re]constructed the Church of the Resurrection, of the Skull and the church …read more
By Tim Widowfield In my previous post, I discussed the basic element of Bart Ehrman’s understanding of Maurice Halbwachs, the founder of the study of collective memory. This time, I’d like to focus on his remarks concerning Formgeschichte (form criticism) as it applies to the New Testament in general and memory theory in …read more
By Neil Godfrey Raphael Lataster in Jesus Did Not Exist: A Debate Among Atheists shows readers that one does not have to personally like Richard Carrier to agree and critically engage with his arguments. Lataster addresses the “stumbling block” of Carrier’s abrasive blog comments and his promotion of controversial relationships values that have …read more
By Scot McKnight By John Frye Having read all four views of hell in Zondervan’s second edition of the book, I find myself drawn to John G. Stackhouse’s view: terminal punishment. Stackhouse expands this to mean that after unrepentant sinners are punished for their sins, they will cease to exist. Having refused Jesus’ …read more
By James F. McGrath I really like this cartoon about hymns by Dave Walker. It mirrors my own experience in other non-Anglican church contexts as well, although the cardboard numbers are not an issue in other traditions. I’ve enjoyed introducing the congregation not only to new music in the strict sense, but also to …read more
By Tyler Smith This Easter season saw the release of two major films about Jesus: The Young Messiah, based on Anne Rice’s 2005 novelization of Jesus’ earliest years, and Risen, a biblical epic recast as a historical mystery starring Joseph Feinnes. Depicting biblical stories on the screen is always a risky business, as …read more
By James Crossley From Culture Matters: “The Death and Resurrection of the Radical Jesus, from Life of Brian to Jeremy Corbyn”If you want to find out if Jesus and the Bible aligns with your politics, don’t forget the new updated edition of Harnessing Chaos: The Bible in English Political Discourse since 1968, is …read more
By Bart For this week’s Readers Mailbag I have two questions, one about the sales of my new book and one about the apostle Paul (the meaning of a particularly important verse). If you have a question you would like me to address, simply ask it here!
Are you pleased with how …read more
By Marlowe Amos 9 begins with Amos’s fifth vision, in which he sees God standing beside the altar. Which altar is not specified, but the the implies that Amos had a specific altar in mind (accepting the limitations of finding linguistic clues in a translation, obviously). Given the focus of Amos’s prophecies, …read more
By Jacob J. Prahlow “When students are first introduced to the historical, as opposed to a devotional, study of the Bible, one of the first things they are forced to grapple with is that the biblical text, whether Old Testament or New Testament, is chock full of discrepancies, many of them irreconcilable…. In some …read more
By Sean Fracek There was a buzz in the air upon introduction to the debate. Shank Hall watched, filled to capacity, as Drs. Richard Carrier and Justin Bass dueled their respective arguments on the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Mythicists, we believe that it is all lore. Tonight was not about …read more
By Walter van Beek At the moment I am teaching a course on ‘Religion and Violence’ for Leiden University in the Netherlands. The topic is all too obvious these days, especially after the last brutal terrorist attacks in Brussels. As a text we use Karen Armstrong’s Fields of Blood. Religion and the History of …read more
By Timothy National Gallery, Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens Image caption: Andreas Pavias”And when they reached the place which is named after a skull, they crucified him there; and also the two criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. Jesus meanwhile was saying, Father, forgive them; they do …read more