Texts discussed: Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52 Recommended Reading: Mary Ann Beavis, Mark, Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament (Baker Academic, 2011), 107-109Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, In The Company of Jesus: Characters in Mark's Gospel (Westminster John Knox Press, 2000), 70-99.L. Michael White, Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite (HarperOne, 2010), 182, 406-407.

It's back! The Weekly Roundup has returned from its hiatus since earlier this summer. Since I was responsible for the August 2019 Biblical Studies Carnival, I suspended work on the Roundup to prepare for that. But that has been submitted and so I'll resume the Roundup! Enjoy! New Testament scholar Michael Kok (The Gospel on... Continue Reading →

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcxiyHTGLIU Texts discussed: the Pentateuch; Exodus 17:14-16, 24:4; Ezra 3:2. Recommended reading: John Frederick Jansen, “Pentateuch,” in 'The Oxford Companion to the Bible,' Bruce M. Metzger and Michael D. Coogan, eds. (Oxford University Press, 1993), 580.

Christopher Hansen (@unicornwiz) recently published an essay entitled "The Foundational Falsehoods of AronRa: How an Educator has Misinformed Thousands." This well-written and well-documented piece is available at Amazon for just $1 (electronic download only). In it, Hansen takes AronRa to task for some rather problematic takes on biblical texts in his book Foundational Falsehoods of... Continue Reading →

Texts discussed: Mark 8:11-13; Matthew 12:38-42, 16:1-4; Luke 11:29-32. Recommended Reading: John R. Donahue and Daniel J. Harrington, The Gospel of Mark, Sacra Pagina vol. 2 (The Liturgical Press, 2002), 248-249.R.T. France, The Gospel of Matthew, NICNT (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2007), 490-492. Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, "Mark 8:11-12 - Did Jesus Contradict... Continue Reading →

https://youtu.be/s6Y-ORhx9q4 Texts discussed: the book of Hebrews Recommended Reading: Craig R. Koester, “Hebrews,” in The Blackwell Companion to the New Testament, ed., David E. Aune (Blackwell Publishing, Ltd., 2010), 613-631.

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. *Prenote: this revision was made possible thanks to Digital HammurabiWell, today I’m going to do a basic... Continue Reading →

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuiOLNLVhyc&t=45s Texts discussed: Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:7; 1 Kings 22:19-23; Job 1:6, 38:7; Psalm 82:1. Recommended reading: Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2014), 38.Mark S. Smith, The Priestly Vision of Genesis 1 (Fortress Press, 2010).

I don't do a whole lot with my YouTube channel but I really ought to change that. So this is (hopefully) the first of many videos offering my amateurish answers to various biblical studies related questions over at Quora. My goal is to keep these videos short and informative (of course, that was my plan... Continue Reading →

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