“Of making many books there is no end,” wrote Qohelet, “and much study is a weariness of the flesh” (Ecclesiastes 12:12). Had Qohelet lived today he perhaps would have substituted “blogs” for “books.” Because access to the Internet has become so widespread and because everyone has an opinion on everything, blogs proliferate the World Wide Web. My own contribution here at The Amateur Exegete is a drop of water in an ocean of blogs and as such is barely noticeable. At least twice a day I consider purging this site and abandoning blogging altogether.

What keeps me going are my readers. 

To aid them in navigating The Amateur Exegete, I’ve created this “Contents” page that includes links to other pages of collected posts. As always, this is a work in progress so please be patient! Posts cover topics ranging from exegesis of particular biblical passages to counter-apologetics. One of my main interests is the Gospel of Mark and I’ve written a couple of dozen posts covering it. But I’ve probably spilled more (digital) ink on responding to pop-apologists like SJ Thomason and Heather Schuldt than on any other subject. Often their posts exhibit what is by definition eisegesis and so my work as the Amateur Exegete exists to expose their many flaws, not for their sake but for the sake of their followers. 

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