Review of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man chapter 9

Chapter 9 of Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man is a mere six pages in length. Into this small space is packed, first of all, a brief presentation of Platonism and Stoicism, focusing on transcendence and immanence and the use of concepts such as Demiurge, Logos and Wisdom to bridge the gap between the [Read More...]

Trees for the Gods

What do you think of this interpretation? In the Garden of Eden story…Yahweh places the two trees in the garden for the benefit of the elohim. I infer this because Yahweh did not allow the humans to eat from them, and the trees impart qualities by which the gods are identified. Apparently the elohim regularly [Read More...]

Let the Text Disturb You

Having posted a link earlier today to Thom Stark’s criticisms of something Mike Heiser wrote, I am happy to be able to pass on something by Heiser himself. He posted what he calls “Heiser’s Laws for Bible Study,” and among them was this sage piece of advice: “If, after you’ve done the grunt work of [Read More...]

Thom Stark on Biblical Polytheism

Thom Stark has posted a piece, responding to Michael Heiser, discussing a couple of key texts in the Bible that seem to reflect earlier pre-monotheistic beliefs of the Israelites. I was hunting around over the past few days for exactly the same sorts of texts he cites and refers to as background and comparative materials, [Read More...]

Conservative Christians Promote Sex Change

It suddenly struck me today that, contrary to my assumptions, today’s conservative Christians apparently embrace the notion that one can be transgender, and actively support the idea of sex change operations. How else can one account for their determination to turn Junia into a man? [Inspired by recent posts by J. K. Gayle and Suzanne [Read More...]

Divine Christology in Mark’s Gospel?

Kevin Brown, on his blog Diglotting, has posted part one and part two of a series about the Christology of the Gospel of Mark. Kevin does a great job of highlighting what the text does – and does not – say, and in the process suggests that some common interpretations read things into the text [Read More...]

Limits of Literalism: The Bible’s Sexy Metaphors

From Stuff Fundies Like: [Read more...]

Bauckham and the Vague, Confusing Terminology of Divine Identity

Nick Norelli mentioned my name in connection with a discussion of Richard Bauckham’s use of the phrase “divine identity” in relation to early Christology. As I have said before, I do think that Bauckham’s terminology is unhelpfully vague, and until he defines it more clearly it cannot even be assessed in terms of its applicability [Read More...]

Next Biblical Studies Carnival

Chris Brady just posted that the next Biblical studies carnival will be held at his blog Targuman. Please click through and suggest posts to be included from Biblical Studies blogs you read. [Read more...]

Judas and the Field of Blood (From the Archives)

As I mentioned in a recent post, there is great difficulty fitting together the information in Matthew and Acts about Judas’ death and his connection with a field known as “The Field of Blood”. One has him buy the field, while the other has the authorities do so with his money. One has Judas fall [Read More...]

Progressive Christianity and the Bible

My contribution to the Patheos symposium on progressive Christianity, entitled “Progressive Christianity and the Bible,” has been posted. Click through to read it, then come back here to discuss it, if you’re so inclined! [Read more...]


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