Early Christian Symbols


Here is a nice reminder from my friend Larry Hurtado that early Christian symbols and talismans are not ink blots into which we can read just anything. -- BW3 Earliest Christian Symbols: Corrections by larryhurtadoI've mentioned before that the Internet is great for some things, but that also there are sites (often set up by well-meaning people) that publish out of date and inaccurate information. Many are the posts that could be written giving examples, but one will serve.If you … [Read more...]

Fun Stuff from Mom— And Some of It’s True


Coca-Cola was originally green. ------------ --------- --------- --------- ---- It is impossible to lick your elbow. ------------ --------- --------- --------- ---- The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska ------------ --------- --------- --------- ---- The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...) ------------ --------- --------- --------- ---- The percentage of North America that is wilderness: … [Read more...]

The Meaning of Love– An Exposition of 1 John 4


In 1 John 4 we learn that “God is love”, which is in fact the second attempt at defining God in this discourse, the first coming at 1.5 where we heard ‘God is light’ and we may also rightly compare Jn. 4.24 where we are told God is spirit, a statement about God’s metaphysical nature, where as the two other predications are about God’s character.While we might be tempted to think that this phrase means that God is loving, and so defined by his loving activities, and while that is true, it w … [Read more...]

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


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...]



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...]