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Shaily Patel: Postcolonial Criticism

Shaily Patel, “Excursus: Methods of Ideological Criticism,” in Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 192. Postcolonial criticism emphasizes the influence that empires and imperial policies, both ancient and modern, have on the texts,… Continue Reading “Shaily Patel: Postcolonial Criticism”

Michael D. Coogan: Deuteronomy and the Law of the King

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 183-184. The “law of the king” [Deuteronomy 17:14-20] seems to have been written with specific kings in mind, especially as they are described in the book… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Deuteronomy and the Law of the King”

Book Review: ‘The Case for Miracles’ by Lee Strobel, part 5a

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 5a”

Evangelical Eisegesis: A Dalliance with Daniel #2 – Daniel 9:24-27 – An Interpretation

Part 1 – Daniel vs. History Part 2 – Daniel 9:24-27 – An Interpretation Part 3 – Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar, and Nitocris In this series we are exploring the claim made by pop-apologist SJ Thomason in her post “Did Daniel the Prophet Accurately Predict the Timing… Continue Reading “Evangelical Eisegesis: A Dalliance with Daniel #2 – Daniel 9:24-27 – An Interpretation”

The Weekly Roundup – 12.7.18

“The death of the messiah [in Mark’s Gospel], at the hour of the cross, is the advent of the υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, who has come with great power and glory (13:26).” – Danny Yencich On 11.25.18 Twitter users @Shann_Q0 and @paulogia0 had a discussion with… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 12.7.18”

Bart D. Ehrman: The Significance of John 9:22

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 187-188. This verse [i.e. John 9:22] is significant from a socio-historical perspective because we know that there was no official policy against accepting Jesus (or anyone else)… Continue Reading “Bart D. Ehrman: The Significance of John 9:22”

Michael D. Coogan: The Problem of Kadesh

Micheal D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 165-166. Identification of most of the places named [the Priestly portions of Numbers] is very difficult, however; to some extent they are locations that were familiar… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Problem of Kadesh”

Musings on Mark: Jesus’ Origin Story in Mark

Every superhero has a back story, a tale about what made them the way they are. My favorite superhero is DC’s Batman. What disturbing thing happened to him that made him want to dress up like a bat and beat up bad guys in… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Jesus’ Origin Story in Mark”

Bart D. Ehrman: Book Publishing in the Ancient World

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 178. When thinking about the relationship of the New Testament writings to one another, we must constantly bear in mind that in the ancient world books were… Continue Reading “Bart D. Ehrman: Book Publishing in the Ancient World”

Michael D. Coogan: The Most Complicated Book of the Pentateuch

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 160. Numbers is the most complicated book of the entire Pentateuch, in terms of both its content and its sources. It takes its name from the… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Most Complicated Book of the Pentateuch”