Brant Pitre, The Case for Jesus

I am delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the Patheos Book Club about Brant Pitre's recent book, The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ. Pitre's book touches on a number of points that have been mentioned, or indeed the focus of sustained attention, on this blog as well as [Read More...]

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RIP I. Howard Marshall

I saw the news on Facebook that I. Howard Marshall has passed away. If you aren’t familiar with this famous Evangelical New Testament scholar, there are a number of his articles and other writings online on the BiblicalStudies.org.uk website. See for instance his article on interpreting the Bible today, as well as his introduction to [Read More...]

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How Many Variants?

Peter Gurry has written an interesting post about variants in the manuscripts of the New Testament. The short version is that one first has to define what one means by “variants,” since we do not have an original against which to compare, and even then it can be unclear precisely what number one ought to come [Read More...]

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Bart Ehrman’s Keynote Address at #YCAS2015

After a delightful dinner, we returned to the main conference venue. Tony Burke introduced Ehrman, saying that he needs no introduction but it would be rude not to offer one. Burke said he is not one of the Johnny-come-lately Ehrman fanboys. He was a fan since The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, and then Misquoting Jesus [Read More...]

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Review of Eric Eve, Behind the Gospels

Behind the Gospels: Understanding the Oral Tradition: Understanding the Oral Tradition. Eve’s book is probably one of the most important books related to the historical Jesus and the Gospels to be published in recent years, since it brings together and evaluates the full range of New Testament scholars who have offered proposals in recent years related [Read More...]

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Review of Jodi Magness, Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit

I am long overdue to review Jodi Magness’ book Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus on my blog. It is so full of interesting detail that it simply wouldn’t do to skim through it quickly. Many readers will have encountered at some point a picture book which children [Read More...]

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Paul Must Have Been Angry

  The idea for this joke came about in my Sunday school class yesterday. We have been studying 1 Corinthians, and found ourselves talking about what made Paul’s letters persuasive before they were scripture. For those who may not get the joke, our oldest manuscripts of the New Testament are written in all upper-case letters, not because [Read More...]

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Octavia Butler and the Parables of Jesus

David Gowler has been blogging through the reception history of the parables of Jesus. Recently he surveyed Octavia Butler’s science fiction stories named after the parables. Here are links to the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth posts in that series. There is also a call for papers for a conference in February 2016, celebrating [Read More...]

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Wish I Had Said That

Another great cartoon from Spike Davis. I wonder how many more things that Jesus never said, but some people think he did, you can list. And I wonder whether imagining Jesus saying he wished he’d come up with a particular phrase is a helpful reminder that he was a human being – a gifted teller of [Read More...]

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Counting Manuscripts and Which Manuscripts Count

Peter Gurry shared the above image graphing the number of manuscripts we have from each century. Keep in mind that centuries are a convenient timekeeping device, and it is not as though a manuscript copied new year’s eve on the last day of the second century is more valuable than one copied the following day. In fact, [Read More...]

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Was Peter…?

I asked students whether Peter (as in the apostle) was married. Some decided to Google it. What they discovered is that most people who start their inquiry with “Was Peter” are not interested in the apostle and whether he was married. Here are the autocomplete suggestions: On the question of whether Peter was married, Google [Read More...]

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