Category: Bart Ehrman

Bart Ehrman: Resurrection and Immortality

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 125. In the later Jewish doctrine of the resurrection, God reverses death by bringing the breath of life back into the body, ensuring it will never die again. Unlike in… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Resurrection and Immortality”

Bart Ehrman: The Pseudonymous Authorship of Daniel

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 120-121. The pseudonymous authorship…is a literary ploy used by authors to convince their readers that they know what was soon to happen, and so to provide comfort for them… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: The Pseudonymous Authorship of Daniel”

Bart Ehrman: The Isaian Suffering Servant

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 113. Another reason for thinking Isaiah 53 does not refer to just one person, the future messiah who would die for sins, is that the passage describes… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: The Isaian Suffering Servant”

Bart Ehrman: Apocalypticism and Human Suffering

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 106-107. It [i.e. suffering] would make sense if there were no God. Or if there were many gods, some of whom were nasty. But how can it… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Apocalypticism and Human Suffering”

The Weekly Roundup – 2.21.20

What did ex-pagans and Jews expect when they became followers of Jesus? This is the question that Alex Finkelson addresses in his recent post “What kind of blessings did the churches inherit from Israel?” As Finkelson discusses, the various promises made to the patriarchs… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 2.21.20”

SJ’s Biblical Blunders: Or, First We Do the Reading, Then We Do the Writing

Acknowledgment: I stole the title for this post (i.e. “SJ’s Biblical Blunders”) from @CounterApologia in a conversation he and I had on Thomason’s piece. It was too good not to use! INTRODUCTION I’ve been busy with a major project that will hopefully be out… Continue Reading “SJ’s Biblical Blunders: Or, First We Do the Reading, Then We Do the Writing”

The Weekly Roundup – 10.25.19

Note: This will be the final Weekly Roundup of 2019. Claude Mariottini recently posted a piece explaining why the common Christian interpretation of Melchizedek as a Christophany doesn’t add up and serves to undermine the claims made in the book of Hebrews that Jesus… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 10.25.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 10.18.19

I am finally getting caught up with episodes of the New Testament Review, enjoying episode 23 on Richard Bauckham’s work on the hypothesis of Gospel communities and episode 24 on Judith Perkins’ The Suffering Self: Pain and Narrative Representation in the Early Christian Era.… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 10.18.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 9.20.19

“This is the only life that we know we get: use it in the best way you know how. Don’t wait around for a bonus life that may never come.” -@Paulogia0 @Paulogia0 published a video entitled “Why I am Not a Christian” over at… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 9.20.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 9.13.19

It’s back! The Weekly Roundup has returned from its hiatus since earlier this summer. Since I was responsible for the August 2019 Biblical Studies Carnival, I suspended work on the Roundup to prepare for that. But that has been submitted and so I’ll resume… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 9.13.19”