God So Loved The World

This came to my attention recently. You can purchase the bumper sticker and other items with this design via CafePress. And along the same lines, there’s this cartoon:   [Read more...]

He Threw It

This cartoon by Tom Toles is poignant for multiple reasons. It doesn’t just highlight the tendency of some Christians to blame Jesus for their hatred and attacks on others. It also points out the irony of doing so in the name of Jesus, about whom a famous (if not exactly canonical) story is told about him refusing to [Read More...]

First Draft of John 13:35

Via Glennon Doyle Melton’s Facebook page “Momastery.” I like to think of this as a first draft of the verse, because I find it helpful to imagine either Jesus, or the author of John, as real human beings, considering (as we all must) the various things that we might focus on and identify ourselves by. For some, [Read More...]

A Journey Round John: Wendy North’s Forthcoming Book

I had drawn to my attention that a new book on a field of great interest to me – Johannine Christology – is due out soon: Wendy North’s A Journey Round John: Tradition, Interpretation and Context in the Fourth Gospel (The Library of New Testament Studies), published by Bloomsbury. You can advance order the book [Read More...]

Woman at the Well

My latest contribution to the Bible Odyssey website is up. It is in the “Ask a Scholar” section, and is a response to this question: When Jesus speaks with the Samaritan woman in John 4:17-19, is the passage about her husbands literal, or symbolic of the five different tribes that were settled in her town? Click through [Read More...]

The Gospel of John in a Galaxy Far Far Away

In a recent blog post, Andrew McGowan suggested that the opening lines of the Gospel of John or the Letter to the Hebrews ought, if transferred into a modern idiom, appear in the characteristic scrolling text that opened the Star Wars films. I think it is also interesting to ask the reverse question. Fast forwarding into [Read More...]

What Could a Fisherman Compose?

I shared a link to a blog post by Jonathan Bernier a while back, which questioned the relevance of the purported employment of the traditionally-proposed author of the Fourth Gospel. Here’s a list which someone put together of occupations of tannaitic rabbis: The sages of the Talmud worked at many diverse occupations. For instance, Hillel was [Read More...]

Your Thesis Title

An oldie but a goodie from PHD Comics. My thesis title was “John’s Apologetic Christology: Legitimation and Development in Johannine Christology.” Fits the cartoon pretty well, doesn’t it? [Read more...]

Jesus: Not God in New Testament Christologies

Here are links to three interesting posts related to New Testament Christology. In each case, the evidence suggests that the New Testament authors in question did not identify Jesus as identical to, part of, or “included in the divine identity” of the one God of Jewish monotheism. First, Andrew Perriman made the case that Hebrews does not [Read More...]

Troubling Legacies

Biblical Studies Online drew attention to videos which Yale University has made available, from a conference about anti-Judaism in antiquity and its aftermath. Above is the video from the second session, focused on the New Testament. Click through for the rest of them. [Read more...]

Are the Gospels Anonymous?

I created a draft post back in October when Michael Barber shared a link to an article about the titles of the Gospels by Simon Gathercole, planning to return to the topic. It is, in fact, something that I had blogged about previously. But I wanted to return to it, and when the recent online article [Read More...]


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