And There is A Time to Avoid Simplicity in God-Talk

In responding to a critic of his first edition of The Epistle to the Romans, Karl Barth offers a reflection on the relative importance of simplicity in his preface to the second edition (1921). One critic dismissed Barth’s first edition of the commentary with the line “Simplicity is the mark of divinity”. Barth’s reply is [Read More...]

The More We Know . . . the More We Understand

The more accurately we understand the historical setting of 1st-century Palestine, the more precise and faithful will be our understanding of what the incarnate Word taught, did and suffered. The more we know of the Mediterranean world of Roman antiquity, more naunced will be our understanding of the ways in which the NT’s epistles summoned [Read More...]

“The NT is not a Christian Document”: Logos Mobile Education Course: Jewish History & Literature

I’m please to announce the upcoming release of a Logos Mobile Education bundle featuring two courses by myself and David deSilva called Between the Testaments Bundle. David deSilva’s course is on the Old Testament Apocrypha. My course is a survey of the history and literature of the Jewish Second Temple period, the time between the [Read More...]

How Do We Tell One Story of Jesus?: The Plurality of the Four Gospels and the “So Called Historical Jesus”

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I continue to struggle with how to factor in the plurality of the four Gospels when presenting the story of Jesus. On the one hand, I am uncomfortable with the harmonizing and minimizing tendencies of my evangelical tradition when it comes to alleged contradictions in detail. Francis Watson I think is right when he recently wrote [Read More...]

The Pilgrimage of Commentary Writing

Origen (3rd century church father) spent three decades writing a commentary on the Gospel of John which remained incomplete at his death. In the preface to “Book 32″ of the commentary (an exposition of John 13:2-33) he wrote about the work utilzing the analogy of the wilderness wandering of Israel. These are encouraging words to [Read More...]

The Story of Israel is “the story of the world’s redemption”

The story of Israel’s “fall’ might, after all, seem remote and scarcely interesting to gentile Christians in Rome. I sometimes wonder whether such imagined uncomprehending listeners are rally the coded presence of modern western scholars and preachers who are hoping that Paul will, in his every sentence, say something readily accessible to the deeply non-Jewish [Read More...]

Gospel of John for Logos Mobile Education

I’m really excited to promote the soon-to-be-released bundle of courses on the Gospels from in Logos’ Mobile Education. Here’s the promo for my John course. Along with the John course there are 8 other courses by preeminent gospel scholars. Here is the list of individual title: NT251 The Sermon on the Mount by Jonathan Pennington NT252 [Read More...]

A Solution to the Problem of the Historical Origins of the Bible and Jesus

I found this very interesting passage in Martin Kähler’s The So-Called Historical Jesus and the Historic Biblical Christ. Kähler offers his solution to the knotty problem of the historical origins of both the Bible and Jesus. Kähler places supreme value on the history of the effects of Jesus and the Bible as evidence for its reliability and credibility. The great reality of [Read More...]


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