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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”

Musings on Mark: Another Reason to Doubt Peter Was Behind Mark’s Gospel

In addition to my regular Bible reading schedule and my verse-by-verse translating of the Gospel of Mark, I’ve also been reading a Markan pericope a day each weekday. Today I was in Mark 14:43-52 and something struck me as really odd. Jesus is in… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Another Reason to Doubt Peter Was Behind Mark’s Gospel”

Michael Kok: Hinderance to Petrine Authorship of 1 Peter

Michael J. Kok, The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century (Fortress Press, 2015), 136. The Greek [of 1 Peter] is not the singular hindrance to Petrine authorship. It seems peculiar for the historical Cephas to address a predominantly non-Jewish… Continue Reading “Michael Kok: Hinderance to Petrine Authorship of 1 Peter”

Bart Ehrman: Miracle Workers in the Greco-Roman World

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 46. What is remarkable is that [Apollonius of Tyana and Jesus] were not the only two persons in the Greco-Roman world who were thought to have been… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Miracle Workers in the Greco-Roman World”

Michael D. Coogan: Genesis 1:2 and Enuma Elish

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 38. The second verse of Genesis seems to allude to the battle between the storm god and the primeval sea, found in Enuma Elish and in other… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Genesis 1:2 and Enuma Elish”

Book Review: ‘The Case for Miracles’ by Lee Strobel, part 4

In part one of my review of Lee Strobel’s The Case for Miracles I covered chapters 1-3, a section featuring Strobel’s interview of the skeptic Michael Shermer. In part two I covered chapters 4-6 featuring his interview with Craig Keener. In part three I covered… Continue Reading “Book Review: ‘The Case for Miracles’ by Lee Strobel, part 4”

Weekly Roundup – 9.7.18

Here are a few good articles, blog posts, and podcasts I’ve been enjoying this week. Twitter user and blogger @bibhistctxt continues his series on ancient Israelite origins with “Israelite Origins: putting away childish things.” In this post, he shows that the various towns that were purportedly destroyed by… Continue Reading “Weekly Roundup – 9.7.18”

Elizabeth Struthers Malbon: Women With Jesus to the End

Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In the Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark’s Gospel (Westminster John Knox Press, 2000), 60. Within the Markan story, only the women follow Jesus to the end. At Gethsemane one of the twelve betrays Jesus (14:43-45) and the remaining eleven forsake him… Continue Reading “Elizabeth Struthers Malbon: Women With Jesus to the End”

Michael D. Coogan: Corroborating the Bible

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP: 2014), 22. For the first ten or so books of the Bible, it is difficult to speak of history in any verifiable sense, since there are no records… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Corroborating the Bible”

Elizabeth Struthers Malbon: The Silence of the Women

Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In the Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark’s Gospel (Westminster John Knox Press, 2000), 64-65. Perhaps one’s initial impression is of a certain irony to the women’s silence: throughout the narrative Jesus asks various characters to be silent and they rarely are;… Continue Reading “Elizabeth Struthers Malbon: The Silence of the Women”