Same Data, Different Interpretations?

It is a common claim of young-earth creationists that they are looking at the same data as mainstream scientists, and merely interpreting it differently. But in actual fact, reality, with its hard facts, has a way of changing our minds even when we are determined to interpret things differently. And so I share this more [Read More...]

Why is the Futurist Interpretation of Revelation so Popular?

Last Sunday in my Sunday school class, we continued to explore general and introductory topics related to the Book of Revelation, which we’re planning on studying over the course of the next several months. A question I posed is why, in view of the evidence to the contrary in the Book of Revelation itself, the [Read More...]

Talpiot Tombs and New Testament Historical Criticism

A piece I wrote, expanding on my thoughts about the relationship between the recent claims regarding the Talpiot tombs on the one hand, and New Testament historical criticism on the other, has appeared on the ASOR blog. Click through to read it. [Read more...]

Genesis 1-3 on How to Interpret Genesis 1-3

As Evolution Weekend draws near, many of us will be taking some time to address matters related to evolution in our religious communities. Here are a diagram and a cartoon, as well as some links and other resources, that I think are useful on this occasion. First, RJS at Jesus Creed wrote a post which [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Andrew Perriman)

“This is the problem—one of the problems—that the modern church has with reading the Bible. Very often what we mean when we affirm the clarity or perspicuity of scripture is that we can see the immediate details, we can understand the isolated verse or paragraph. The human mind is extremely adept at making apparent sense of [Read More...]

Freedom of Interpretation?

This cartoon by David Hayward seems to me to illustrate well the situation we find ourselves in as interpreters – whether of life or of texts. The danger is when we genuinely believe that we are free, having managed to loose ourselves from the influence of upbringing, tradition, personality, and so many other factors. And [Read More...]

The New Testament Scholar Who Stole Christmas?

An op-ed piece I wrote, with the title “The New Testament Scholar Who Stole Christmas?”, has appeared in The Bible and Interpretation. Click through to read it, and feel free to share any thoughts you may have about it in the comments section here! [Read more...]

Together Again (Op-Ed in The Bible and Interpretation)

An opinion piece I wrote for The Bible and Interpretation has appeared on their web site. [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...]

Minimalism, Mythicism and Modernism

A new article by Ronald Hendel in The Bible and Interpretation addresses the subject of cultural memory in a way that is relevant to minimalists, mythicists and other modernists. The idea that we are either going to precisely reconstruct the past, or conversely decisively disprove traditional views about it, without room for doubt or error, [Read More...]

Eldad Keynan on “A Different Tomb in Lower Galilee”

Eldad Keynan has a new article in The Bible and Interpretation, with the title “A Different Tomb in Lower Galilee.” It is an interested read, and I’m looking forward to meeting Eldad in person when I visit Israel later this month. [Read more...]


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