Category: Biblical Scholarship

‘The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy’ by Philip Gorski and Samuel Perry – A Brief Review

I once knew someone who said that the scariest movie they’d ever seen wasn’t a horror movie at all. It was the 2001 drama A Beautiful Mind. When I asked why such a movie was so terrifying to them, this person replied, “To not know… Continue Reading “‘The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy’ by Philip Gorski and Samuel Perry – A Brief Review”

Bible Study for Amateurs #25 – Hey Jude 11-13!

Jude turns up the megaphone.

Hiatus (and a Milestone!)

Due to some unforeseen circumstances in the “real world,” I’ll be on hiatus from posting for the short term. How long that will be is unknown. It could be days, weeks, or a month. Either way, my presence will be spotty on Twitter and… Continue Reading “Hiatus (and a Milestone!)”

Biblical Studies Carnival #193 (March 2022)

The month of March was a busy month in biblical studies and I’m keenly aware of the fact that I missed a ton of stuff. In fact, there’s some stuff I just didn’t include in this month’s carnival because I didn’t want to overwhelm readers! Below… Continue Reading “Biblical Studies Carnival #193 (March 2022)”

Jimmy Akin and Joseph’s Two Homes (Evangelical Eisegesis #4 – Catholic Edition)

Matthew depicts Joseph as living in Bethlehem and setting in Nazareth later. Luke depicts Joseph as being from Nazareth, going to Bethlehem for the census and birth of Jesus, and then returning to Nazareth. How can these two be reconciled? If you’re Jimmy Akin… Continue Reading “Jimmy Akin and Joseph’s Two Homes (Evangelical Eisegesis #4 – Catholic Edition)”

‘The Pharisees,’ edited by Joseph Sievers and Amy-Jill Levine – A Brief Review

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” If your upbringing was anything like mine, then perhaps you heard those words spoken from the pulpit from time to time. In my home church, it was usually uttered by some fiery evangelist directing his ire at… Continue Reading “‘The Pharisees,’ edited by Joseph Sievers and Amy-Jill Levine – A Brief Review”

‘The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament’ (vol. 1) by Joshua Bowen – A Brief Review

For all their boasting of how reading the Bible is a great way to make an atheist, atheists tend to be the least biblically literate people on the planet.1 (I say that as an atheist.) There are a few reasons for this: poor hermeneutical education,… Continue Reading “‘The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament’ (vol. 1) by Joshua Bowen – A Brief Review”

Genesis 1:2 and the Trinity (Evangelical Eisegesis #2)

‘The Origins of Early Christian Literature’ by Robyn Faith Walsh: A Brief Review

For whom were the Gospels written? The community of the faithful or something else? And to which genre of ancient literature do they belong? These are the two fundamental questions that Robyn Faith Walsh, assistant professor of the New Testament and Early Christianity at the University… Continue Reading “‘The Origins of Early Christian Literature’ by Robyn Faith Walsh: A Brief Review”

‘Christology in Mark’s Gospel: Four Views’ – A Brief Review

Arguably, the central question of the Gospel of Mark is one that comes from the lips of the Markan Jesus himself: “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 16:29) In the nearly two-thousand years since Mark wrote those words there have been myriad… Continue Reading “‘Christology in Mark’s Gospel: Four Views’ – A Brief Review”