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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… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Variety of Early Christian Sects”

Steven DiMattei: Yahweh Molds an Earthling

Steven DiMattei, a biblical scholar who maintains the website Contradictions in the Bible, has a great post covering the creation of man in the J source (Genesis 2:4b-7). He points out that before there can be any plant life there must be two things: water… Continue Reading “Steven DiMattei: Yahweh Molds an Earthling”

Michael D. Coogan: Canon Criteria

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2014), 5. Several overlapping criteria were used in including a work in the canon. One criterion was date: For a book to be included, it… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Canon Criteria”

L. Michael White: Dating the Gospel of Mark

L. Michael White, Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite (HarperOne, 2010), 265. Althought we cannot be sure where the Gospel was produced, the situation is rather clearly dependent on the Jewish war. The main question debated by scholars is whether it was written just prior… Continue Reading “L. Michael White: Dating the Gospel of Mark”

James McGrath: Scriptura non sola

Over at his blog Religion Prof, James McGrath, Professor of Religion at Butler University, has a very nice and very short little piece about sola Scriptura. He notes that in a Sunday School class that he teaches he told the participants that the Bible is not… Continue Reading “James McGrath: Scriptura non sola”

Musings on Mark: “Who Then Is This?”

And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:41, NRSV) One of the themes of the Gospel of Mark is that the disciples simply don’t get… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: “Who Then Is This?””

Bernard Lamborelle’s Thoughts on Scholars’ Review of ‘The Covenant’

Last month I posted a link to Bernard Lamborelle’s grilling by two Assyriologists and an Egyptologist. As I said in that post, while they did not find his thesis compelling Lamborelle did a good job of fielding the questions and taking their constructive criticism well.… Continue Reading “Bernard Lamborelle’s Thoughts on Scholars’ Review of ‘The Covenant’”

Study of Christianity: Why Does Matthew Skip Three Generations? part 2

In his last video, @StudyofChrist presented another issue in the Matthean genealogy, this time revolving around the three missing kings between Joram and Uzziah since Joram was not the father of Uzziah (Matthew 1:8). He posited three explanations for the missing kings: Matthew was being deceptive,… Continue Reading “Study of Christianity: Why Does Matthew Skip Three Generations? part 2”

The Koine-Greek Blog: σκύβαλον in Agricultural Contexts

In their ongoing obsession with σκύβαλον, the Koine-Greek blog put up another post recently discussing the use of the term in agricultural contexts. Specifically, the piece covers how σκύβαλον is used by Philo. By going over a handful of examples, it becomes clear that Philo doesn’t intend for σκύβαλον… Continue Reading “The Koine-Greek Blog: σκύβαλον in Agricultural Contexts”

A Friendly, Open Letter to Heather Schuldt, the Lady Apologist

Hi Heather! Since I’m about to be on vacation with my family starting Monday, I hadn’t planned on making any more posts to my blog after the three that went up Friday morning. But here I am writing this letter and listening to AMC’s Hell… Continue Reading “A Friendly, Open Letter to Heather Schuldt, the Lady Apologist”