Category: The Gospel of Luke

Did Jesus Plan to Start a New Religion? Matthew Thiessen’s Answer

“Did Jesus plan to start a new religion, then? No.” – Matthew Thiessen

Daniel Marguerat: The Lukan Itineraries of Paul and Jesus

Daniel Marguerat, The First Christian Historian: Writing the ‘Acts of the Apostles,’ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 233-234.

Jesus is the Prodigal Son: καταπέτασμα’s Interpretation

There are many ways of reading the story of the Wayward Son (Luke 15:11-32). In the context of the other two parables Jesus offers, it is fundamentally a story about the joyous response to one who repents and turns to God: “[T]here is joy… Continue Reading “Jesus is the Prodigal Son: καταπέτασμα’s Interpretation”

Jade Sylvan on the Gospels as “Fan Fiction”

In the Spring/Summer 2018 edition of the Harvard Divinity Bulletin there is an interesting piece by Jade Sylvan, an MDiv student at Harvard Divinity School, discussing what the Gospels share in common with the modern literary genre of fan fiction. They write, As a… Continue Reading “Jade Sylvan on the Gospels as “Fan Fiction””

Amateur Exegesis on YouTube

The first season of Amateur Exegesis is in the books and available on iTunes, Google Play, and other podcast platforms. But I realized that it had no presence on YouTube and so I uploaded all ten episodes onto my channel for your listening pleasure.… Continue Reading “Amateur Exegesis on YouTube”

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”

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 – 3.1.19

“Israel did not ‘believe’ in dragons anymore than their neighbors did. When Israel says God defeated the dragon, they use this myth in two ways. Most of the time, as in Psalm 74; Isaiah 27:1, where the dragon is named Leviathan just as in… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 3.1.19”

Lost in the Weeds: SJ Thomason Takes on Bart Ehrman, part 1

To see all posts in this series, please refer to its index. Last year I wrote a five-part series on Heather Schuldt’s terrible attempt at taking on biblical scholar Bart Ehrman.1 Now pop-apologist SJ Thomason wants to have her moment in the sun as she responds to… Continue Reading “Lost in the Weeds: SJ Thomason Takes on Bart Ehrman, part 1”

The Weekly Roundup – 2.1.19

“I propose the final edition of Genesis is the result of a similar process by an editor of the Holiness school of pre-exilic Israel, who combined and organized these various materials into a continuous and meaningful whole.” – Bill T. Arnold Over on her… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 2.1.19”