The Patio Tomb of Joseph? Part Two

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‘The Rest of Life is Coming’

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Here's the next book in the Kingdom Perspectives Series for Eerdmans. Coming soon. … [Read more...]

The Patio Tomb of Joseph? Part One

Here is the first of many reviews (this one is quite sane-- by msnbc science editor Alan Boyle) of the new claims of James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici to have found a tomb that has some relationship to the burial and family of Jesus. … [Read more...]

Dublin Down: Dublin Papyri

(The following is a post by Larry Hurtado on important Biblical papyri in Dublin) Dublin: Biblical Papyri (and Guinness, the way God made it) by larryhurtadoI've just lined up interested PhD students from Edinburgh for another visit to the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin ( to take in their wonderful holdings, and more specifically to examine the unrivalled cache of early biblical papyri housed there. (For general readers of this site who don't know the importance … [Read more...]

The Stimulating Field of Text Criticism

In a recent discussion on this blog we broached the subject of why the ending of Mark may be lost, and why the theory of deterioration may explain this, and why Mk. 16.9ff. is unlikely to be the original ending to this Gospel. In the following review by Larry Hurtado of a recent survey work on the field of textual criticism you will find reference to several books that provide a stimulus for further discussion on this matter, including Hurtado's own important work.It is not difficult to … [Read more...]

The Secret World of Arrietty

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Animated movies for children have of course long been a profitable venture for many movie makers, especially if the film attracts and charms not only the children but the parents who bring them. We now have a Disney film that is in fact an import of sorts.... the Secret World of Arrietty, based on the Japanese Novel whose English title is, loosely, 'The Borrowers'. Here is the basic storyline of the movie...."Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her … [Read more...]

Colbert on Catholics and Contraception

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cContraception Crusadewww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogVideo Archive … [Read more...]

The Art of Persuasion— Rhetoric for Ministers


Here is a link to a lecture I gave to all the ministers of the Western N.C. UMC in February 2012 at Myers Park UMC in Charlotte on the importance of rhetoric for understanding the NT, and understanding the nature of Christian preaching. … [Read more...]

Early New Testament Fragments?


(The following appeared on Larry Hurtado's blog in regard to the Green Collection) Newly-Identified Early New Testament Fragments? by larryhurtadoOver the last couple of days have appeared numerous postings on reports that fragments of several early NT manuscripts have been identified (e.g., A statement by Dan Wallace in a recent debate with Bart Ehrman seems to be the source of these reports. … [Read more...]