Martin Hengel on History and the Four Gospels Part One Martin Hengel was one of the great historians of the New Testament period, and also one of the great New Testament scholars of the twentieth century. It is hard to believe he has been gone now four years. I always found him a wonderful and gracious person, but also a strong rhetorician when it came to defending the Christian faith. Here are four interviews from near the end of his life. Enjoy … [Read more...]

Hurtado on Did Jesus Demand to be Worshipped?

by larryhurtadoIn the continuing scholarly discussion about the origins and nature of earliest "Jesus-devotion" (my term for the reverence given to the risen/exalted Jesus in early Christian beliefs, proclamation, and worship), a question repeatedly emerges, especially from the general public: Did Jesus demand that he be so reverenced?In fact, not long after my book, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity appeared (Eerdmans, 2003), I was invited by the editor of … [Read more...]

Another Review of Aslan’s Jesus Book

Here is another review of Aslan's recent Jesus book, which appeared in the London review of books, saying basically what Hurtado said-- namely that the book focuses too much on the Zealot issue, rehashing old arguments, and leaves out some major clues to Jesus' identity and ministry--- namely the parables. See what you think....The snake slunk off Diarmaid MacCullochZealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan Westbourne, 296 pp, £17.99, August, ISBN 978 1 … [Read more...]

The Fifth Estate– Plumber Needed

Probably there are few in the world who have not heard about Wiki-Leaks and its steady stream of information supplied directly to the public about all kinds of legerdemain, lies, plots, ploys, violence, violations and you name it by nations great and small, rulers legitimate and illegitimate, bankers honest and corrupt. There is an irony of course to calling one's organization wiki-leaks, when one is leaking enormous state and trade and business secrets. More like wiki-tidal waves.The new … [Read more...]

The Bible’s Deep History— by Phillip Jenkins

Here's an interesting post by my fellow Patheos blogger, Philip Jenkins. See what you think. BW3THE BIBLE’S DEEP HISTORY October 18, 2013 By Philip JenkinsI have been spending a lot of time recently with the apocryphal texts of the Old Testament, the pseudepigrapha. This material can become obsessive!Through much of Christian history, the relationship between Old and New Testaments was very different from how most would imagine it today. Modern believers certainly see foretastes o … [Read more...]

Jehoash Tablet Released, Golan Partially Vindicated

It only took ten years and a zillion shekels, but finally the IAA has been told to take their marbles and go home, and oh yes, and to give back Oded Golan's marble as well. It remains to be seen what will happen to Golan's claim to the James ossuary, but this is a partial victory for his claims. Here is a portion of the article by Matthew Kalman about the surprising outcome. See what you think BW3.By Matthew Kalman Foreign Correspondent In Jerusalem BIBLE & INTERPRETATION October … [Read more...]

N.T. Wright’s Pauline Perspectives— Part Four

The question of 'Paul and Empire' has come up suddenly these last twenty years; in the late 1980s almost nobody was thinking about it, and now it's all over the place -- in more ways than one. That is, lots of people are writing about it and there is no consensus! That is to be expected. But there are two quite different things going on which get confused. On the one hand, there is the serious historical attempt, in line with things said by e.g. Deissmann, to plot how Paul would have been heard … [Read more...]

Theological Books Online– The Princeton Collection

The Princeton Theological Seminary Library has recently made available online full texts of some 80,000 volumes, so of which, one would presume, are now out-of-print works, but still valuable for certain research purposes. Still there are plenty of resources here of value. Key point--- you need to have the critical judgment to know which is a valuable resource, and which is merely an old book. … [Read more...]

‘Captain Phillips’ and his Pirate Days

Let's be clear from the outset. If your vision of pirates is the Pirates of Penzance or Peter Pan and Captain Hook, or for that matter that good Kentucky boy Johnny Depp, then you have a totally romanticized, and wrong vision of pirates. Pirates, ranging from Blackbeard off the coast of North Carolina to the Somalia pirates in the movie Captain Phillips are nothing like that. They are not swashbucklers-- whatever that may be.They are often ruthless, heartless, cut throats. Indeed, they are … [Read more...]