The script for episode 2 of this season of 'Amateur Exegesis.'
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Michael D. Coogan, "In the Beginning: The Earliest History," in The Oxford History of the Biblical World, Michael D. Coogan, editor (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 20. The ancient Israelites did not live in a cultural vacuum. From prehistoric times on Palestine was linked by trade with Egypt and Mesopotamia, and one or the other... Continue Reading →
Jesus’ first public miracle in the Gospel of Mark is an exorcism (Mark 1:23-26) This is no coincidence; neither is the fact that it is contained within a pericope portraying Jesus as a teacher (vv. 21-28). On a narrative level, the Markan author desires to show how Jesus is the one with unique authority: he... Continue Reading →
Shaily Patel, "Excursus: Methods of Ideological Criticism," in Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 192. Postcolonial criticism emphasizes the influence that empires and imperial policies, both ancient and modern, have on the texts, history, and scholarship of the New Testament. Postcolonial interpreters analyze how... Continue Reading →
Part 1 - Daniel vs. HistoryPart 2 - Daniel 9:24-27 - An InterpretationPart 3 - Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar, and Nitocris In this series we are exploring the claim made by pop-apologist SJ Thomason in her post "Did Daniel the Prophet Accurately Predict the Timing of Jesus' Death?"1 that the prophetic utterance of Daniel 9:24-27 predicted Jesus' death in... Continue Reading →
Part 1 - Daniel vs. HistoryPart 2 - Daniel 9:24-27 - An InterpretationPart 3 - Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar, and Nitocris "Fulfilled prophecies are what distinguish the Bible from other holy texts and are evidence of direct revelations by God." - SJ Thomason.1 In a bid to demonstrate the superiority of Christianity and the significance of Jesus of... Continue Reading →
Yesterday I posted a lengthy but necessary rebuttal to pop-apologist Heather Schuldt's bewildering piece on the Documentary Hypothesis. As I was poking around on her blog I noticed she had recently written another piece, this time attacking New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman, entitled "5 Examples Why Bart Ehrman Is Not a Gospel Expert."1 It is in... Continue Reading →
Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 99-100. If I were to attempt a definition of the Greco-Roman biography, then, it might be something like this: ancient biography was a prose narrative recounting an individual's life, often with a chronological framework, employing numerous subgenres (such as... Continue Reading →