Mark and the Not-Divine, Very Human Jesus

Dale Tuggy makes some excellent points in his recent blog post, “Where did Jesus claim to be God?” He writes: What bothers me the most is that this whole strategy perversely ignores the explicit, central, repeated, emphasized point of all the gospels, which is Jesus is the Messiah, God’s anointed. The assumption here is that God’s anointed [Read More...]

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...]

Mapping Romans 1-8

Matthew Malcolm shared this map of Romans 1-8, using the rhetorical questions as signposts to the structure. What do you think of it? [Read more...]

Spoiler or Revelation?

From People in White Coats. The expectation of an apocalyptic return of Jesus in the Bible is something that, in our era of much-decreased Biblical literacy, might indeed surprise some people. I’ve heard lots of people refer to “the second coming of Jesus Christ” and mean, not a descent from heaven on clouds of Jesus who [Read More...]

The Next Biblical Studies Carnival

Claude Mariottini posted on his blog that he is hosting the next Biblical Studies Carnival. If you have noticed any posts, whether on this blog or any other, that pertain to the academic study of the Bible, and which you think deserve to be highlighted, please do let him know! [Read more...]

Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s, and Beyond

It struck me that the phrase that one often hears on radio stations – “the greatest hits of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond” – could apply equally well to the Bible. It is a compilation of works which were considered to be particularly worth keeping and revisiting from a larger number of works written [Read More...]

Whovian Pentecost

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear [Read More...]

Defending the Bible

In a post yesterday, I wrote “Sometimes Biblical scholars are accused of attacking the Bible, or of attacking “believers,” or both. But the truth is that most Biblical scholars love the Bible, and are defending it from the distortions, misrepresentations, and lies that are committed by people who praise the Bible, but either don’t know or ignore what [Read More...]

What Biblical Scholars Do

Bob Cargill wrote on Facebook, “I’m a biblical scholar. One of my jobs is to show people evidence from the book they supposedly revere that certain claims they make aren’t possible because of what it says in the text they supposedly revere.” He then added the challenge, “Meme THAT,” and several people did. The above [Read More...]

Genesis 1 (Fixed It For You)

So-called “literal” interpreters of Genesis are often blind to the things they read into the text. And so I thought that this image I came across deserved to be shared. It is an attempt to “fix” the text so that it says what young-earth creationists – and others who deny that it reflects an ancient view [Read More...]

Is There Intersexuality in this Periscope?

Bryan Lewis suggested on Facebook that pericope is a word that Biblical studies scholars ought to phase out, perhaps replacing it with something more commonly used in English, such as “passage.” I suggested that a good reason for phasing out pericope is that it is not in most electronic devices’ dictionaries, and so has a tendency [Read More...]


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