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)”
A pop-apologist accidentally turns Jesus into a sinner.
Yes, Matthew’s version of the raising of Jairus’ daughter contradicts Mark’s account of it.
Book review of Bart Ehrman’s 2020 volume ‘Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife.’
Over at his blog, biblical scholar Bart Ehrman addressed a question asked of him by a parent wondering why he should send his son to the university where Ehrman teaches to take his class on the Bible if Ehrman doesn’t actually believe in the… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman on Why He (an Atheist) Teaches the Bible”
Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 192-193. As it turns out, it is possible to trace a trajectory in our surviving Gospels away from the deeply apocalyptic teachings of Jesus in Mark and Matthew, to… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: De-‘Apocalypticizing’ Jesus”
Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 177. Undoubtedly the most important passage for Paul’s view of the future resurrection is 1 Corinthians 15. The chapter, in fact, is often called “the resurrection chapter.” It is… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: One of the Most Misread Passages in All of the New Testament”
Over on his blog, NT scholar Bart Ehrman addresses the question, “What if we had the ‘original’ Gospels?” Apologists seemingly believe that if we had an original copy of Mark or Matthew that it would give what they wrote some degree of credibility. In… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman on What It Would Mean If We Had the “Original” Gospels”
Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 133-134. It is important to reflect back on how understandings of the afterlife shifted over time in ancient Israel. It is not necessarily the case that there was a straight… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Shifts in Thinking about the Afterlife”
Readers of my blog have noticed that over the past couple of weeks I have been throwing up brief snippets from Bart Ehrman’s latest book Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (Simon & Schuster, 2020). I for one have enjoyed this volume by Ehrman… Continue Reading “Evangelical Randy Alcorn Reviews Bart Ehrman’s Book on the Afterlife”