Category: Secular Bible Study

A Response to Greg Laurie’s “For Some, the Bible is Offensive”

A Response to “The Documentary Hypothesis Debunked” by Reformed Christian Apologist

Back in August, YouTuber and Twitter user Reformed Christian Apologist published a video on his channel which attempted to debunk the Documentary Hypothesis. As one who finds the Hypothesis to be a compelling explanation for the origin of the Torah, I watched it with… Continue Reading “A Response to “The Documentary Hypothesis Debunked” by Reformed Christian Apologist”

One Biblical Scholar’s Trip to the Museum of the Bible

Sidnie White Crawford, a professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, wrote a piece on her experience of the Washington DC based Museum of the Bible. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the museum, particularly with how they… Continue Reading “One Biblical Scholar’s Trip to the Museum of the Bible”

Bart Ehrman on the Sources Behind the Hebrew Bible

Recently New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman was asked for recommendations on the construction of the Hebrew Bible. He recommends a number of books. First, some bibliography.   There are a number of college-level textbooks for those interested in the field (one doesn’t have to be… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman on the Sources Behind the Hebrew Bible”

Steven DiMattei: Studying the Bible Objectively

Dr. Steven DiMattei is one of my favorite biblical scholars and not simply because he isn’t a theist. Rather, DiMattei takes the Bible seriously and seeks to understand how it came to be using source criticism. He understands that the Bible is a collection of texts… Continue Reading “Steven DiMattei: Studying the Bible Objectively”

David Ellis Dickerson On His Experience Writing Bible Trivia Questions

The Bible is an immeasurably interesting book and most nay-sayers probably haven’t given it a good read. Why is it so interesting? Because it is a book of books written by people trying to understand their world and look to the future. In other… Continue Reading “David Ellis Dickerson On His Experience Writing Bible Trivia Questions”

Steven Tiger: The Bible’s Inconsistenices Are Not Surprising

Steven Tiger, Doctrine Impossible: A Journey from Dogmatic Religiosity to Rational Spirituality (Lexington, KY: 2017), 74-75. From a rational perspective, the clear implication of this 2000-year history of heterodoxy is that the Bible is not the inerrant word of God but the fallible words of… Continue Reading “Steven Tiger: The Bible’s Inconsistenices Are Not Surprising”

Video: One Helluva Ride – The Triumphal Entry in the Gospel of Matthew, part 1

A few weeks ago I posted a piece discussing the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a colt. It was long – around 13,000 words – and so I thought it might be good to work on a short video series that condenses… Continue Reading “Video: One Helluva Ride – The Triumphal Entry in the Gospel of Matthew, part 1”