The Jewish Annotated New Testament– a Review


by larryhurtadoBack from the Chicago annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature: Running into numerous friends and colleagues, browsing what is certainly the largest book display on religions/theology on the planet, more sessions on more topics than anyone could possible handle, and more.My own small contribution this year was to take part in a panel-review session devoted to a new and important volume: The Jewish Annotated New Testament, eds. A.-J. Levine and Marc Brettler … [Read more...]

Hurtado on the Worship of Jesus— Revisited


Early Jesus-Devotion: Critical Engagement by larryhurtadoIn a recent comment, Sean Garrigan suggested that I provide pointers to some of the critical engagements that have been offered to my work on early Jesus-devotion, particularly in my book, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity (Eerdmans, 2003). I'm thinking of preparing a fuller discussion for another occasion, so here I'll simply give the bibliographical information on critiques and any responses from … [Read more...]

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted (at Christmas) … [Read more...]

The Ghost of Future Perfect Passive


A special thanks to Doug Savage who deserves all the credit and kudos for these Savage cartoons. … [Read more...]

Seeing Christmas with New Eyes


I have always loved Christmas ever since I was little. I have memories of the Christmas in High Point when my cat decided it was a good idea to climb the Christmas tree so as to swat the bubble lights which were making him crazy. The tree came down in the middle of the night, breaking my favorite bubble lights. Things do go wrong at Christmas.While things didn't go wrong last Christmas, little did we know that our sweet Christy girl would be found dead only a couple of weeks later in … [Read more...]

Christmas— When God Says— I Won’t Give up on Us … [Read more...]

I Believe in Happy Endings— a Small Christmas Gift from Downton … [Read more...]

The Meaning of Incarnation

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Incarnation is a big word, and sadly, not a lot of Christians either use it, or know what it means. It does not refer to the same thing as the virginal conception, though the latter is the means by which the incarnation of the Son of God took place. Incarnation refers to the choices and acts of a pre-existent divine being, namely the Son of God, that the Son took in order to become a human being. He took on flesh, and became fully, truly human without ceasing to be fully, truly divine. … [Read more...]

The SBL in Chicago-A Potpourri of Things– Part Four


Me with my Turkish friends, Levent Oral and Mark Wilson at the Tutku Tours booth at the SBL.Certainly one of the major sessions at the SBL this year was the panel discussion of the recent collection of essays published by T+T Clark and entitled Paul and the Heritage of Israel. Those participating were Rob Wall, Mikael Parsons, Daniel Marguerat, Loveday Alexander, David Moessner, and Mark Reasoner. The purpose of the book and the seminar is to work across disciplines comparing themes and … [Read more...]