Scary Papyri I– I want my Mummy

The Kunst Museum in Vienna in fact houses several museums, including the papyrus museum in a small room in the basement, and the Ephesos museum in one of the upstairs great halls. Despite both being rather small, there were some very important items in each, and we will begin, appropriately enough for the end of October, with paintings on top of mummy sarcophagi, and some mummy wrappings from the Greco-Roman period (yes, you are right, those folks don’t look very… Read more

Blomberg’s Can We Still Believe the Bible?–Part Eight

The last main chapter in Craig’s book deals with the subject of miracles, both ancient and modern. Craig relies not only on the various analyses of the Biblical miracles available in scholarly works, but also the recent large compilation of modern testimonies about miracles compiled by my Asbury colleague, Craig Keener. To this Craig adds some personal testimonies about miracles in his own life, or that of his close family. While reading this chapter I remembered a conversation I once… Read more

Sir Paul surpasses All– The Louisville Concert

The concert in Louisville was supposed to happen last June, but then Paul got sick. Pretty seriously sick. Worse still, Louisville was the last concert date on the tour— think no voice left, no energy left, especially when you are 73 years of age! You must kidding. Bear in mind that while Ringo is still out there doing concerts, of course Ringo did not write any of the classic Beatles songs, and sang lead only rarely, so if you really… Read more

Blomberg’s Can We Still Believe the Bible– Part Seven

Chapter Five (pp. 147-78) deals with the issue of multiple genre of literature in the Bible, and walks through some of the usual pitfalls and questions people raise when a more literarily sensitive approach to the Biblical text is taken. Here Craig deals with Genesis 1-3, Jonah, Job, the possibility of multiple Isaiahs, pseudonymity in the NT, and some related issues. The over arching theme of the chapter is that we must recognize the type of literature we are reading,… Read more

Blomberg’s Can We Still Believe the Bible?– Part Six

First of all, I am on record as to my views on the inerrancy controversies in Evangelicalism. You may check out my article in the Spring issue of JETS of this year entitled ‘The Truth Will Out’. You may also read what I say about the doctrine of Scripture at length in my The Living Word of God. Here I will simply interact with Craig’s presentation. Sadly, a good deal of what he honestly chronicles is the story of Evangelicals… Read more

Blomberg’s Can We Still Believe the Bible?– Part Five

The chapter on translations is in some ways the most useful one for those lost in the sea of different versions, different editions, etc. Yet despite the many many different Protestant translations of the Bible available (and the vast majority of them are done by Protestants), really only four have been able to capture more than 10% of the market in the last decade or so— they are the NIV (despite all the unnecessary polemics against it), the New Living… Read more

Blomberg’s Can We Still Trust the Bible?–Part Four

The second major chapter of Craig Blomberg’s book deals with the issue of how we got the NT, or put another way, how the canon of the NT came about. Was the NT canon a product of the politics of Constantine and his cronies? Was it the product of the winners in the heresy wars? Or was it something else altogether? Craig begins this chapter by again quoting some of the misinformation one can derive from read Bart Ehrman on… Read more

BW3 on Encountering the Living Word of God

This video was recorded about eight and a bit years ago at Asbury, back when my hair was still brown! The first five minutes deal with topics then current, but J.D. Walt and I go on to have a good conversation about the Word of God as a sacrament, and how it graces us. See what you think. BW3 Read more

‘St. Vincent’ or St. Elsewhere?

It’s been a good while since I’ve both laughed and cried at a movie. But somehow, some way, St. Vincent did produce that effect. Bill Murray has not played any good comedic roles in many moons, but he really sinks his teeth into this one. Mind you, this is far from a perfect movie, and Vincent McKinley, Vietnam vet and erstwhile gambler, is far from a perfect person. But Bill Murray knows exactly how to play him, and for an… Read more

Blomberg’s Can We Still Believe the Bible—Part Three

Mention the issue of textual criticism and some people think you’re actually talking about criticizing the text of the Bible. Nope. Text criticism is the attempt to reconstruct the earliest form of the Biblical text possible, based on the thousands and thousands of partial and whole manuscripts of various portions of the Bible. In other words, since what we want in our Bibles is the original inspired text plus nothing of what was added later, text criticism is crucial and… Read more

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