A brief consideration of Spencer McDaniel's view that the Jesus of Mark knew how to read.
Daniel Marguerat, The First Christian Historian: Writing the 'Acts of the Apostles,' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 233-234.
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"I will lift up your skirts over your face; and I will let nations look on your nakedness and kingdoms on your shame." Nahum 3:5, NRSV The Bible is full of sex. This is sometimes masked by English translations of the text, but it is most certainly there. For example, in Genesis 26 the Philistine king Abimelech,... Continue Reading →
For those who need some reading material, Peter Goeman (PhD, The Master's Seminary) has posted the most recent iteration of the Biblical Studies Carnival which includes a section on Christmas. This carnival also includes some more conservative evangelical authors than I care to read (e.g., Denny Burk, Kevin DeYoung, John Piper) but that's just me.... Continue Reading →
What was letter writing like in the ancient world? In this episode, we will explore the subject of ancient letters and letter writing, providing context for an exploration of Paul's epistle to the Thessalonians.
Gerda Lerner, The Creation of Patriarchy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986), 15. The shreds of hard evidence - tools, graves, pottery shards, the remains of dwellings and shrines, the ambiguous artifacts on cave walls, skeletal remains and the story they tell - all these lie before us in bewildering diversity. We tie them together with... Continue Reading →
Back when I was a youth director, my pastor said something that has continued to stick with me even now as an atheist: we need to practice a “long obedience in the same direction.” This idea wasn’t original to him, but I cannot for the life of me remember where he said he got it... Continue Reading →