The Most Recent Biblical Studies Carnival (#178)

For those who need some reading material, Peter Goeman (PhD, The Master's Seminary) has posted the most recent iteration of the Biblical Studies Carnival which includes a section on Christmas. This carnival also includes some more conservative evangelical authors than I care to read (e.g., Denny Burk, Kevin DeYoung, John Piper) but that's just me.... Continue Reading →

Gerda Lerner: No Conceptual Framework is Value-Free

Gerda Lerner, The Creation of Patriarchy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986), 15. The shreds of hard evidence - tools, graves, pottery shards, the remains of dwellings and shrines, the ambiguous artifacts on cave walls, skeletal remains and the story they tell - all these lie before us in bewildering diversity. We tie them together with... Continue Reading →

2020 Website in Review

Back when I was a youth director, my pastor said something that has continued to stick with me even now as an atheist: we need to practice a “long obedience in the same direction.” This idea wasn’t original to him, but I cannot for the life of me remember where he said he got it... Continue Reading →

Israel’s Davidic gospel — Scribes of the Kingdom

The Greek word “gospel” (εὐαγγέλιον) enjoyed popular usage in both pagan and Jewish spheres long before early Christians appropriated it as a summary of their preaching. Though Christians have since emptied the word of its political content—leaving only the gospel of personal, otherworldly salvation—the first Christians chose to deliver their message as “gospel” because of—not […]Israel’s... Continue Reading →

Katapetasma (Blogger): A Symbolic Defeat

Katapetasma, "The Demonized Gerasene and the Paganized Greek: Eschatological Allegory in Mark 5:1-20" (8.17.20), scribesofthekingdom686237748.wordpress.com. This deliverance of the gentile wrought by the destruction of Legion also brings judgement upon those who refuse to abandon the defunct pagan order—and herein lies the source of the people’s anxiety and of their request for Jesus to relinquish... Continue Reading →

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