Category: Characters in the Christian Scriptures

Jonathan Burke Responds to My Post on Satan and Demons (part 2)

For those who are interested, Jonathan Burke has posted the second video in his series responding to my views on Satan and demons in Paul and the Gospels. (Click here for the previous post containing part 1.) I’ll refrain from making any substantive comments… Continue Reading “Jonathan Burke Responds to My Post on Satan and Demons (part 2)”

Jonathan Burke Responds to My Post on Satan and Demons in the NT (part 1)

Last month, I wrote a brief post reacting to an episode of the Religious Learning podcast in which Christadelphian Jonathan Burke discussed his beliefs on the existence of Satan and demons. As I noted in that piece, while Burke and I are in agreement… Continue Reading “Jonathan Burke Responds to My Post on Satan and Demons in the NT (part 1)”

Recent Episode of the ‘Religious Learning’ Podcast: Jonathan Burke on the Existence of Demons in the New Testament

Kameron Mazurek recently hosted Jonathan Burke for a recent episode of the Religious Learning podcast. In it, Burke discussed a debate he had back in February with Sir Anthony Buzzard on the existence of Satan and demons as personal beings. (I’ve not watched the… Continue Reading “Recent Episode of the ‘Religious Learning’ Podcast: Jonathan Burke on the Existence of Demons in the New Testament”

What Jairus Said to Jesus: One Attempt to Reconcile the Matthean and Markan Accounts and Why It Doesn’t Work

Yes, Matthew’s version of the raising of Jairus’ daughter contradicts Mark’s account of it.

Two Recent Pieces at TheTorah.com

Links to two recent pieces that appeared on TheTorah.com.

The Weekly Roundup – 10.4.19

The September 2019 Biblical Studies Carnival is here and was put out by Phil Long, the curator of the carnival in general. There’s a lot of good stuff to be found so I won’t waste my time going through it all. Click on the… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 10.4.19”

Musings on Mark: Minor Markan Characters – Bartimaeus, the Blind Beggar

“Through the identification with Bartimaeus and subsequent minor characters, the reader is encouraged to move beyond faith in Jesus and his power toward a more faithful acceptance of the demands and values of Jesus.” – Joel F. Williams1 MARK 10:46-522 46 And they came… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Minor Markan Characters – Bartimaeus, the Blind Beggar”

The Christian Defenders’ 5 Reasons: The Criterion of Embarassment

For other posts in this series, please visit the series’ page.  The Christian Defenders’ second reason for believing that the Bible is true is that the Bible contains “embarrassing details.” They begin, If I were to create a religious book I would make sure… Continue Reading “The Christian Defenders’ 5 Reasons: The Criterion of Embarassment”

The Weekly Roundup – 1.18.19

“The dude really needs to sit down and read something beyond McDowell, because at the moment his knowledge of scholarly consensus and methodology (and the evidence at hand) is enormously dime store apologist level.” – Chris Hansen on J Warner Wallace Over at his… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 1.18.19”

Musings on Mark: The Demise of John the Baptist

The story of the death of John the Baptist feels like a hiccup in the narrative flow of Mark’s Gospel. In 6:6b-13 we read of Jesus sending out the Twelve to preach the message of repentance as well as to perform exorcisms and healings.… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: The Demise of John the Baptist”