A Better Way to Zap a Fig Tree

A post about the nature of the Bible on Tom Rapsas’ blog includes an interesting question. Instead of cursing the fig tree for not bearing fruit in the story in the Gospels, why didn’t he bless it and make it fruitful? The real question for us today should be what the story means, and we [Read More...]

Lost Gospels

Mark Goodacre posted on the scholarly construct Q, and highlights the difference between that and a lost Gospel, one that we knew from its being mentioned in ancient texts existed, but it no longer does. He nicely relates this to the rediscovery of two Doctor Who episodes from the Patrick Troughton era. Of course, if [Read More...]

The Gospel according to Luke (Skywalker)

Someone turned part of the post I quoted recently into an image: Is Star Wars about the emperor being given the shaft? No. It is about a young man with great potential wanting to do whatever it takes to hold on to someone he holds dear, and becomes a force so destructive that he hurts [Read More...]

Don’t Episode I The Bible

Carson T. Clark posted on the Gospel not being Jesus’ death. I’ll quote him in full, since it is a short post: Many Christians believe the Gospel is about Jesus dying on the cross for the atonement of sins. I disagree. To my mind that’s like saying Star Wars is about Anakin Skywalker’s final act of redemption in which [Read More...]

Church of Death

David Hayward posted this cartoon: I find it all the more interesting because it potentially highlights two possible ways of thinking about and approaching church, and Christianity. On the one hand, there is an approach that uses appealing things to lure people into a trap that ultimately results in their spiritual death, as they join [Read More...]

His Testimony is Truthyish

The Gospel of John may be the first Gospel that we know of to bring the question of its author’s credentials into the work itself (the Gospel of Luke does something similar, with its emphasis on the author’s research, but it may or may not be earlier than John). In the period not long after [Read More...]

Robert Plant sings “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down”

HT Robin Parry   [Read more...]

Alin Suciu’s Thesis Online

Alin Suciu has successfully defended his dissertation – and I wish him heartfelt congratulations! He has kindly made the dissertation available on his blog. It is on the text often referred to as “The Gospel of the Savior” but which Alin emphasizes is not rightly placed in the Gospel genre. Hence the title of his [Read More...]

The Context of the Context of Jesus’ Words

It is not infrequent to hear self-centered pseudo-Christians justifying their lack of concern for the poor by appealing to Jesus’ statement, “The poor you shall always have with you.” The full statement, as those concerned about context know and emphasize, is “The poor you shall always have with you,  and you can help them anytime [Read More...]

Good News for the Poor

I am ashamed to say that there was a time when I thought that what David Hayward depicts in the above cartoon was indeed what it meant to “preach good news to the poor.”   [Read more...]

Synoptic Length Comparison

I chuckled when I read this in a student assignment today: A common argument,  analyzes the lengths of each of the synoptic writers. I’m pretty sure that I’ve never come across an attempt to compare the lengths of the writers of the Synoptic Gospels. I don’t know how one would go about undertaking such a [Read More...]


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