Texts discussed: Mark 7:1-23; Matthew 5:17-42, 15:1-20; Galatians 2:11-16 Recommended Reading: Darrell Bock, Mark, New Cambridge Bible Commentary (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 221.Howard Clarke, The Gospel of Matthew and Its Readers: A Historical Introduction to the First Gospel (Indiana University Press, 2003), 137.Jacob Milgrom, Leviticus 1-16, Yale Anchor Bible (Doubleday, 1991), 920. L. Michael White,... Continue Reading →

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Note: This is a post written by Chris H. (@unicornwiz) in response to a recently published piece by @GodlessEngineer entitled "Inanna's Descent Matches Jesus' Passion Narratives." Chris can be reached on Twitter or at his email address biblicalhistoryskeptic32ad@gmail.com. Well, today I’m going to do a basic treatment of Inanna’s Descent into the Underworld for one... Continue Reading →

INTRODUCTION If you were to ask my dad how he became a Christian, he would no doubt tell you about his friend who handed him a King James Version New Testament and asked him to read the Gospel of John. As a single dad in his early 30s, struggling to raise his two daughters, coming... Continue Reading →

Texts Discussed: Mark 1:16-20; John 1:28-2:1. Recommended Reading George R. Beasley-Murray, John, second edition, WBC vol. 36 (Thomas Nelson, 1999), 36-38.Kyle Keefer, The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 23-28.Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In the Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark's Gospel (Westminster John Knox Press, 2000), 41-69.

Texts Discussed: Mark 1:16-20, Luke 4:16-30, Luke 5:1-11 Recommended Reading: Alicia J. Batten, "Fishing Economy in the Sea of Galilee," bible odyssey.org. Joel Marcus, Mark 1-8, The Anchor Yale Bible (Doubleday, 2000), 163-166, 179-186.John Nolland, Luke 1-9:20, WBC vol. 35a (Word Inc., 1989), 218-224.L. Michael White, Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite (HarperOne, 2010), 322-327.

Texts discussed: Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2 Recommended Reading Raymond Brown, The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke (Doubleday, 1993). L. Michael White, Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite (HarperOne, 2010), 226-256.

Texts discussed: Mark 1:9-11, John 1:1-18. Recommended reading:  Paula Fredriksen, From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Jesus (Yale University Press, 1988), 19-26, 44-52.Jon D. Levenson, Sinai & Zion: An Entry Into the Jewish Bible (HarperOne,1985), 154-156.Joel Marcus, Mark 1-8, Anchor Yale Bible (Doubleday, 2000), 158-167.John P. Meier, A Marginal Jew: Rethinking... Continue Reading →

Water into Grape Juice?

In John's telling of the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, the very first public miracle he performs is at a wedding celebration in Cana, a small town in Galilee. Compare this with the first miracles in the other Gospels: in Mark it is an exorcism (Mark 1:21-28); in Matthew it is healing (Matthew... Continue Reading →

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