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 →
What was letter writing like in the ancient world? In this episode, we will explore the subject of ancient letters and letter writing, providing context for an exploration of Paul's epistle to the Thessalonians.
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 →
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 →
This past week I was interviewed by Kameron Mazurek of the Religious Learning podcast on topics mainly related to the Gospel of Mark and the first season of my podcast Amateur Exegesis. Mazurek is a great interviewer and his podcast, which is still in its infancy, deserves a wider listening audience. So, have a listen... Continue Reading →
This past Sunday (December 6, 2020) I was invited to talk about the upcoming season of my podcast Amateur Exegesis over at the Non-Alchemist's YouTube channel. As I discuss in this conversation, season two will focus on the apostle Paul, using the epistle of 1 Thessalonians as a springboard. Here the Non-Alchemist asks me about... Continue Reading →
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, "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 →