The Gods We Have Made

Brian Bibb has written an insightful post about bibliolatry. He writes: Judges 17–18…mocks Micah for believing that human-made objects could actually be gods. He is presented as a kind of fool who admits that he has constructed the objects that he calls God, saying “you have taken the gods that I made!” Micah’s anger reminds [Read More...]

Paul’s First Powerpoint to the Corinthians

Via Corinthian Matters and First Things, I learned of the above, which is a translation of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians into a different format, that of the terrible PowerPoint… [Read more...]

Same Sex Relations and the Jerusalem Council

The Butler Religionists club had a discussion about same-sex relations as viewed by a variety of religious traditions. I mentioned that Acts 15, with its depiction of a decision by Jewish Christians about what Gentiles needed to adopt from Jewish customs in order to make it possible for Jews and Gentiles to have fellowship, neglects [Read More...]

Keeps No Record of Wrongs

Richard Beck has asked a great question about the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13. I’ve even heard sermons in which the preacher, on the basis of the equation “God is love,” substituted “God” in place of the word “love” in the passage. But does God really “keep no record of wrongs”? It seems [Read More...]

1 Students 13

I thought I should turn the paraphrase, or rather reworking, or 1 Corinthians 13 that I shared in my previous post into an image. Feel free to share it with students and educators you may know! [Read more...]

But Have Not Love

Let me begin with a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13, reworked for students: If I learn to speak in Latin and/or in Chinese, but do not have love, I am only a fire alarm going off in the middle of the night in a student dorm. If I am able to ace organic chemistry exams [Read More...]

1 Corinthians 13 in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Unvirtuous Abbey posted this status update on Facebook: If I speak in the tongues of men or R2 units, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or bleeping android. Someone added the comment: If I am fluent in over six million forms of communication, but have not love, I am nothing. [Read More...]

Paul vs. His Modern Inerrantist Interpreters

There is an interesting contrast between the way Paul wrote about the content of his own writings, and the way modern-day inerrantists talk about them. Paul is relatively humble, even while claiming authority, compared with the claims of inerrantists, and he nuances things differently than they do. If we focus just on 1 Corinthians we [Read More...]

1 Corinthians 11:14

Photo via Matthew Paul Turner on Facebook. I added the text. For those who may not know the original version, 1 Corinthians 11:14-15a reads: “Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is [Read More...]

BTB Article Published

My article “On Hearing (Rather Than Reading) Intertextual Echoes: Christology and Monotheistic Scriptures in an Oral Context” has finally appeared in the latest issue of Biblical Theology Bulletin. If you are not a subscriber and don’t have access to the journal through your library, you can read a pre-publication version via Butler University’s Digital Commons. Thanks [Read More...]

Why Did Early Christians Improve the Burial of Jesus?

Jeff Carter has posted on his blog about his impressions from reading my short book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?. I encourage you to click through and read what he says about it. He ends the post with a question for me, which I’ll quote here: The earliest followers [Read More...]


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