Quora Questions w/the Amateur Exegete: #6 – The Ending of Mark and the Other Gospels

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvEKlQ2o0pQ Recommended Reading •Mary Ann Beavis, Mark, Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011), 22-23.•John R. Donahue and Daniel J. Harrington, The Gospel of Mark, Sacra Pagina (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2002), 29-34.•Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In the Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark’s Gospel (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000), 41-69.

Evangelical (Atheist) Eisegesis: 'The Skeptics Annotated Bible' (#2)

As is so often the case with atheistic readings of biblical texts, the annotations of Steve Wells in his Skeptic’s Annotated Bible are bewildering. At times, SAB gets things precisely correct, like when it decries what amounts to divinely sanctioned marital rape in Deuteronomy 21:10-14. Wells summarizes the passage by writing, “If you see a pretty woman among the... Continue Reading →

The Weekly Roundup – 2.14.20

Happy Valentine's Day! To both of my readers, I love you! Over at Is That in the Bible? readers can find a lengthy post on the story of Joseph entitled "From Robes to Riches: The Fairytale of Joseph." In this piece, Paul Davidson discusses issues related to genre, sources, redaction, and more. This is not... Continue Reading →

Caught in the Act: SJ Thomason Is At It Again

"You shall not steal." Exodus 20:15, NRSV This year pop-apologist SJ Thomason finally published her long-awaited book titled Why Christianity Matters: Historical, Sociocultural, and Moral Reasons to Follow Jesus Christ.[1] It is little more than blogposts she has written in the past warmed over with little to no editing. Expectations, in other words, aren’t very high. The... Continue Reading →

Text of Triggerman's Recent Talk

Today Triggerman posted the content of his talk that he gave at the same event in which I gave my own. You can find it here. I won't offer any commentary at this time other than to say Triggerman's worldview and the worldview I had about eight years ago would have been almost perfectly aligned.... Continue Reading →

The Bible's (Mis)Use in Society

Below is the text of a brief talk I gave for my friend Doug Carpenter today. Doug approached me a while back and asked if I'd be willing to speak on the role of the Christian scriptures on society. My talk was balanced by Christian blogger Triggerman1976 and I hope to link to his talk... Continue Reading →

The Weekly Roundup – 2.7.20

You didn't want it, ask for it, or need it, but nevertheless the Weekly Roundup has returned! Andre Gagne (PhD, Université catholique de Louvain/Université de Montréal) posted the first in a series on eschatology entitled "Unraveling the 'End Times,'" complete with that charming Canadian accent we've all come to love in our neighbors to the... Continue Reading →

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