In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, Ian Mills and Laura Robinson published an episode of The New Testament Review that covered an agraphon of Jesus that was purportedly discovered by the late classical scholar Paul Coleman-Norton while he was serving in World War Two. (Coleman-Norton was one of Bruce Metzger’s professors.) Without giving too much away, the story of this discovery is complicated.
Mark Edward posted a short piece on the new covenant in Jeremiah, showing that it isn’t “new” but renewed. He begins by looking at the letter to the Hebrews and its appropriation of Jeremiah’s language and then moves on to a comparison of the language of Deuteronomy to that of Jeremiah. In short, Edward shows that Hebrews messiah-focused use of Jeremiah misses the point. Jeremiah wasn’t calling for the establishment of a brand-new covenant, making the “old” one obsolete, but was instead speaking of a covenant renewal.
Καταπέτασμα wrote a post on the function of Christian apocalyptic rhetoric in its ancient context. Fundamentally, apocalyptic is about reversal, especially of the egg on God’s face for allowing the world he created to go to hell. For Christians, resurrection fit into this because it is God taking shamed and humiliated bodies and restoring them to a more glorified and honored state. This was a thought-provoking piece.