- Dr. Josh Bowen of the Digital Hammurabi duo released a video not too long ago explaining Daniel 9 in its historical context, specifically the 70 weeks. Many Christians see the text as a prophecy about Jesus but this doesn’t seem to be a natural fit at all and is likely about such characters as the priest Onias III, Antiochus Epiphanes IV, and others. But Dr. Bowen lays it all out.
- Alex of Scribes for the Kingdom has an interesting post highlighting the ways in which Jesus interacted with the Jews and with how he interacted with the Gentiles. “Jesus’ kingdom message,” he writes, “was Israel-specific.” But the kingdom was taken from Israel and the Gentiles were made to be included by the ministry of the early church in anticipation of the impending return of the Son of man.
- Though he hasn’t blogged in a couple of years, the work of @A_Pasta_Sea is well worth looking into. His website, A Pasta Sea, has some must reads including a response to Canon Revisited by Michael Kruger and a hilarious piece on contradictions in the Gospels based upon an analogy involving a flat tire. You should really take a look at his excellent work.
- Over at Reading Acts, Phil Long has been doing a series on the epistle to the Galatians, beginning with a post about his recent book Galatians: Freedom through God’s Grace. Long is also the curator for the Biblical Studies Carnival so if you’re a blogger who would like to host a carnival, let him know!
- Michael Kok has a post introducing the various theories on what is going on with the “We Passages” in the Acts of the Apostles. The standard apologetic response is that it indicates that the author is an eyewitness to the events described (the first option). Ehrman thinks the last option is what is going on. For what it’s worth, I think the third option is what is actually going on. But I’m not a scholar so who cares what I think?