RIP Kenneth Bailey

Via Joel Watts on Facebook, I learned of the passing away of Kenneth Bailey. Bailey grew up in the Middle East and then taught New Testament there, and learned a great deal from his students, insights which he shared with others in his writing and speaking. His work on the parables in Luke, as well as [Read More…]

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Were the Titles of the Gospel on #Sillyboi?

You may think I’m a “silly boy” for writing about this. But when Sarah Bond recently wrote a blog post about the ancient Greek use of a tag (sillybos) to indicate the author and title of a work on a scroll, I felt I needed to blog in a bit more detail about the possible implications of [Read More…]

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An Explosive New Solution to the Synoptic Problem

This image came to my attention via Facebook. I’ve shared lots of Star Trek Q Synoptic Problem memes in the past, some of which I made myself and some of which I found. Now it is time for some James Bond Q Synoptic Problem memes. Have you come across any others that are worth sharing? [Read more…]

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Dating the Gospels

Matthew Ferguson drew my attention to this discussion he had with Craig Evans about the date of the Gospels. Here’s the description from YouTube: This radio debate between New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Evans of Houston Baptist University and soon-to-be Classics Ph.D Matthew Ferguson looks at when the Gospels were written and why it matters. [Read More…]

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A Bible Typo as Prelude to the Hymn of Jesus

The Acts of John concludes with Jesus leading his disciples in song (with words that Gustav Holst famously set to music). Abram Kielsmier-Jones spotted a typo in an English heading in his Greek New Testament, which may provide the backstory to the incident in the Acts of John: [Read more…]

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Would You Lie To Defend The Virgin Birth?

I was disturbed to see Charisma News appealing recently to outright falsehoods in its efforts to encourage readers to keep accepting the virgin birth as though it were a historical fact that is supported by evidence. Here are the claims they make:     A physician and world-class historian documented it     Modern archaeology affirms it     [Read More…]

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There Was No Inn

The point that the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke doesn’t have an “inn” in it has been given the Matrix treatment by Jeff Carter.   [Read more…]

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Refugee Christmas

The cartoon above came to my attention via Daily Kos. Brice Jones recently wrote a blog post about Stephen Carlson’s argument regarding the mistranslation “inn” in Luke’s infancy narrative. That in turn builds on the case that Kenneth Bailey has made regarding the cultural background of that story. On the one hand, the traditional versions [Read More…]

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Bible School Primer for Governors

I just saw the news that Indiana governor Mike Pence has begun turning away refugees. It would be shameful under any circumstances, but Pence pretends to be a defender of Christian values, which makes it all the more disgusting. The above image came my way via Facebook. Unfortunately, Facebook isn’t letting me post links to [Read More…]

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#YCAS2015 and Gospel Authorship Around the Blogosphere

I’m not the only blogger who was at the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, by any means. I am glad to see that Eric Vanden Eykel was inspired to revive his blog, and has posted a recap of the conference. Timo Paananen has also posted a recap of day 1. There was also a very strange [Read More…]

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Were Jesus’ Grandparents a Gay Couple?

The question is facetious, but I presume readers are aware of the genuine issue that lies behind the question. If not, I will sum it up briefly: The Gospels of Matthew and Luke both provide genealogies for Jesus. They contradict one another in after David except for a brief convergence around Zerubbabel. So why propose – [Read More…]

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