Weekly Roundup – 10.5.18

Here's the Weekly Roundup! (Note: there will be no Roundup next Friday.) Over at bibleinterp.com there is an excerpt from John: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators (Eerdmans, 2018) entitled "The Spiritual Gospel: The Gospel of John in the Early Church." In this excerpt Bryan Stewart discusses the way early Christian writers viewed and used the fourth... Continue Reading →

Bart Ehrman: The Spread of Early Christianity

Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 83-84. Without a doubt, the most important thing that was happening for early Christianity was the spread of the religion from its inauspicious beginnings as a tiny sect of Jesus' Jewish followers in Jerusalem - the Gospels indicate that there... Continue Reading →

Bart Ehrman: Canonical Questions

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (Oxford University Press, 2016), 14. It appears then that our New Testament emerged out of the conflicts among Christian groups, and that the dominance of the proto-orthodox position was what led to the development of the Christian canon as we... Continue Reading →

Bart Ehrman: Early Persecution of Christians Was Rare

Bart D. Ehrman, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World (Simon & Schuster: 2018), 179. At the outset I need to stress that organized opposition to the Christians came, for the most part, in isolated incidents. The church did not experience perennial violent persecution. The idea that Christianity was an illegal religion... Continue Reading →

Bart Ehrman: Variety of Early Christian Sects

Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (Oxford University Press, 2016), 5. If we turn the clock back 1,850 years to the middle of the second century, we find people calling themselves Christian who subscribe to beliefs that no modern eyes has seen or ear heard; Christians who... Continue Reading →

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