Philip Jenkins on Mark’s Original Ending

Here is a fine post by my friend Philip Jenkins on the original ending of Mark's Gospel. I mostly agree with him, though I think in fact we can find the original ending of Mark in Mt. 28.9-10, and then the report of the appearance in Galilee at the end of Mt. 28. We don't need to go as far afield as the Gospel of Peter, a later 2nd century document, to figure this out.... (see my Mark commentary). But see what you think about his reasoning...------ MARK’S ENDING April 11, 2014 By Philip J … [Read more...]

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Colbert Calls out Babylon and the Golden Calf

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Just When You Thought it was Safe to Go Swimming…

And after that meal,the python does not have to eat for another four months. … [Read more...]

The Old Web-Slinger is Back– Spidie 2

It seems that the movie makers have decided, perhaps in view of climate change, that we need to back summer up to April. And so it is that now the summer movies already start showing up in late April. The first real blockbuster however is Spiderman 2, which I saw in 3D on the first day it opened. In this case, it was worth the extra cash to be able to soar through NYC with good ole Spidie.Of all the Marvel super heroes, Peter Parker aka Spiderman is perhaps, along with Captain America, the … [Read more...]

Signs Point to a Hoax— The Jesus’s Wife Fragment

Here is a recent post by colleague Jerry Pattengale.....How the 'Jesus' Wife' Hoax Fell ApartBy Jerry Pattengale May 1, 2014 7:17 p.m. ETIn September 2012, Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King announced the discovery of a Coptic (ancient Egyptian) gospel text on a papyrus fragment that contained the phrase "Jesus said to them, 'My wife . . .' " The world took notice. The possibility that Jesus was married would prompt a radical reconsideration of the New Testament and … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Fifty One

We are in the midst of discussing the seven linked elements, with justification being the seventh that in Wright's schema belong together. This post will deal with pp. 930-44 of that discussion. Here Tom is providing examples to support the theory that there were some precursors to Paul's discussion of justification. He points especially to 4QMMT, which has figured so largely in the New Perspective talks trying to prove that 'works of the Law' refers to the boundary markers, or as Tom likes to … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Fifty

It is well to remind ourselves where exactly we are in this lengthy discussion. We are in the midst of dealing with Tom's views about how Paul reworked the concept of election around Messiah and Spirit. It is in that context that he wants to place the discussion about justification and being in Christ. He is not happy with a simply equating of justification with salvation.For Tom, salvation in the Pauline thought world falls under the category of the reworking of the doctrine of election … [Read more...]

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Forty Nine

Anyone who has also read Tom's Pauline Perspectives volume will discover that he hasn't much changed his mind in any major ways over the 40 plus years of his pondering and writing about Paul. It is thus all the more significant in the section we are analyzing today from Paul and the Faithfulness that we find some change of views on a couple of things. We will be examining closely pp. 900-911 in this post.On p. 900 Tom broaches the subject of what Paul will have believed about the Law … [Read more...]