Jesus: Not God in New Testament Christologies

Here are links to three interesting posts related to New Testament Christology. In each case, the evidence suggests that the New Testament authors in question did not identify Jesus as identical to, part of, or “included in the divine identity” of the one God of Jewish monotheism. First, Andrew Perriman made the case that Hebrews does not [Read More...]

Biblical Studies Carnival October 2014

Brian Renshaw has the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. Brian Small has Hebrews Highlights for the month. Phillip Long is looking for a volunteer to host the last carnival of the year (to be posted at the start of next year). [Read more...]

January 2014 Biblical Studies Carnival

Brian Renshaw has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. The latest Hebrews carnival is also up. [Read more...]

Biblical Studies Carnival

Brian Davidson has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival, with a round up of highlights in this past month’s Biblical studies blogging. This month’s Septuagint Soiree has also been posted, as has this month’s Hebrews carnival. [Read more...]

Outside the Gate

As we reached the end of Hebrews in my Sunday school class last week, I was struck once again by how there are texts which are so clearly at odds with mythicism, and yet which are explained away with a little hand-waving. One example is the reference to Jesus suffering “outside the gate” (Hebrews 13:12). [Read More...]

Cataclysmic Biblical Studies Carnival!

The latest Biblical Studies Carnival is up on the blog Cataclysmic! The Hebrews Carnival is up at Polumeros kai Polutropos, and the Septuagint Studies Soirée is up at Words on the Word. Also related to blogging, the blog Formerly Fundy has moved to Patheos! The first post in the new location is about why people respond [Read More...]

The Most Shocking Verse in Hebrews?

The most shocking verse in the Epistle to the Hebrews? No, I’m not referring to that verse near the end of the epistle where the author, apparently seriously, refers to having written “briefly.” I’m referring to Hebrews 10:19, which says “we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place.” I don’t think that Christians today, familiar [Read More...]

The First Millennials

The conversation about millennials and church decline continues – see for instance posts by Richard Beck, Bob Cornwall (and another), Tripp Fuller, Hollis Phelps, Eddie Kouya, Allan Bevere, Travis Mamone, Caris Adel, Ann Fontaine, David Hayward, Chris Attaway, and Shannon Barber. Many have suggested that this discussion is one that happens, if not every generation, at [Read More...]

Sacrificing Sacrificial Language

The last time my Sunday school class met, we discussed whether the language of “sacrifice” is essential to Christian thinking about the death of Jesus, or is a metaphor or illustration used in New Testament texts precisely because it related the death of Jesus to something familiar, helping people to make sense of it. In [Read More...]

Hebrews 9: A Bloodbath

Hebrews 9 is the source of a couple of popular “memory verses” in conservative Evangelical circles. It was interesting to explore it in my Sunday school class today in a way that got at some key questions, both in terms of the exploration of the meaning of the text in its original context, and how [Read More...]

Faith that Moves Mountains

David Hayward's latest cartoon has a real life story behind it. Dashrath Manjhi lived in a remote part of Bihar, India. Because of a mountain range with no road through it, when his wife needed urgent medical help, she died, because help could not reach her in time. And so he spent more than the [Read More...]


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