Richard Bauckham on the Patio Tomb Inscriptions

The Four-Line Greek Inscription from Talpiyot Tomb B: A Summary of the Options for Reading and Interpreting it.Richard BauckhamIn the tomb that is now absurdly being called ‘the Resurrection Tomb’ (in the Discovery documentary of that name), there are two especially interesting features of the ossuaries. One is the design that James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici claim depicts Jonah being vomited by the big fish, the other is a four line Greek inscription. Both have been extensively dis … [Read more...]

The Boston Marathon– 1993

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Ah Boston on Patriot's Day.... you can see most anything, like that man on stilts I caught on camera next to Fenway. The morning begins with the Marathon way out of town, even beyond Ashland, and finishing next to the Prudential Center. And then at 11 a.m. there is the annual Patriot's Day game--- only the Patriot's aren't playing. It's April-- the Red Sox are playing at Fenway, and sometimes you even have the B's (Bruins) and C's (Celtics) playing on the same day. It's a grand affair all … [Read more...]

Hurtado on why Crossan’s Jesus Won’t Do

Here is a reprint of an article by my friend Larry Hurtado on---- Why Was Jesus Crucified? by larryhurtadoOn Good Friday (today), it's appropriate to address the question of why Jesus was crucified. Earlier this week on Radio 4 a well-meaning "thought for the day" presenter opined that Jesus' problem was that he was just a helluva nice guy up against some mean old religious leaders. They didn't like his more free-wheeling "can't we all just love one another" stance, and so . . . they … [Read more...]

‘The Jesus Discovery’— Now That the Dust has Settled

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Now that the post Easter dust has begun to settle, and the Discovery Channel special has come and gone with its juxtaposition of important and interesting information about early ossuaries and unlikely speculations about their connections with Joseph of Arimathea and Jesus of Nazareth, it is perhaps time to point out a few flies in the ointment.   First of all let's start with the James ossuary itself (and yes I am printing up the T shirts as we speak that read 'Free the James Ossuary').    … [Read more...]

‘FOR HARDNESS OF HEART’—A HERMENEUTICAL KEY FROM JESUS

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One of the perennial problems Christian readers of the Bible have is figuring out the relationship of the OT to the NT, or the old covenant to the new covenant, and in particular the relationship of the Mosaic covenant to the new covenant. Too often what happens in conservative Protestant circles is that the Bible is read in a flat way, such that it is assumed that anything said in the OT is just as revealing of God’s good and perfect will or highest and best for humankind as anything said in t … [Read more...]

Edinburgh Papyri

Edinburgh Papyri by larry hurtadoYesterday, I led a group of about 15 PhD students to the Special Collections unit in the University of Edinburgh main library to examine their collection of papyri from Oxyrhynchus. The library holds about 20 such items, which came from the early years of the excavations in that site. None of the papyri held in our library is a Christian text, but a number of them are lst or 2nd century in date. Nevertheless, for the students, it was their first opportunity … [Read more...]

A Review of Is There a Doctor in the House?

Is There A Doctor In the House: An Insider’s Story And Advice On Becoming A Biblical Scholar March 23, 2012 in Books, Guest Contributors with 5 Comments and 0 ReactionsX Hello there! If you are new at the Pangea Blog, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed or join the email update list.***A Guest Post by Lawrence Garcia.Scholars, we energetically read their books, we quote their work to lend credibility to everything from blogs to school p … [Read more...]

Mirror Image

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MIRROR IMAGE When the mind is the only mirrorIn which you can see her face,You worry the image will fadeOr time may erase What’s left of your vibrant girlWhat’s left of your old worldWhat’s left of your hopes and dreamsWhat’s left of your plans and schemes…. But then it slowly dawnsThat her life goes onAnd the closer you draw to the LordThe closer the threefold cord Between you and Him and her…. … [Read more...]

A Guide to Raising Your Hand in Class

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